A 71-year-old Frenchman set sail over the Atlantic on Wednesday in a barrel-formed orange container, wanting to achieve the Caribbean inside three months because of sea flows alone. “The climate is extraordinary – I have a swell of one meter and I’m moving at a few kilometers 60 minutes,” Jean-Jacques Savin told AFP by phone in the wake of setting off from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands.
“For the time being my case is carrying on, extremely well and I have positive breezes estimate until Sunday.” Savin had dealt with his vessel for a considerable length of time in the little shipyard of Ares on France’s southwest drift. Estimating three meters (10 feet) long and 2.10 meters over, it is produced using gum covered pressed wood, intensely strengthened to oppose waves and potential assaults by orca whales.
Inside the case, which weighs 450 kilograms (990 pounds) when vacant, is a six-square-meter living space which incorporates a kitchen, dozing bunk and capacity. An opening in the floor enables Savin to see passing fish.
A previous military parachutist who served in Africa, Savin has likewise filled in as a pilot and a national park officer. He has stowed away a square of foie gras and a jug of Sauternes white wine for New Year’s Eve, alongside a container of red Saint-Emilion for his 72nd birthday on January 14.
Savin trusts flows will convey him normally to the Caribbean without the requirement for a sail or paddles – “possibly Barbados, despite the fact that I’d extremely like it to be a French island like Martinique or Guadaloupe,” he jested. “That would be less demanding for the printed material and for bringing the barrel back.”
En route, Savin will drop markers for the JCOMMOPS global marine observatory to enable its oceanographers to think about the flows. What’s more, he himself will be the subject of an investigation on the impacts of isolation in close repression.