72-year-old traveler crossed the Atlantic in a barrel

72-летний путешественник пересек Атлантику в бочке

72-летний путешественник пересек Атлантику в бочке

72-летний путешественник пересек Атлантику в бочке

72-летний путешественник пересек Атлантику в бочке

72-year-old traveler crossed the Atlantic in a barrel

The journey took 122 days.

30 April 2019 at 09:10

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On 26 December last year, the 72-year-old Jean-Jacques Savin went from the Canary Islands in a boat trip. Savin – a former paratrooper who served in Africa. Then he was a private pilot and a national Park Ranger and retired “decided to open a new method of navigation”.

“This is a journey where the person is not the captain of your ship, and the passenger of the ocean” – Jean-Jacques Savin.

On one of the shipyards of the French Department of Gironde was created in a cylindrical container with a length of 3 meters, a width of 2.10 meters and a weight of 450 pounds. Inside the area of about 6 m2 placed bed, kitchen, table for nautical charts and navigation equipment. Electricity is generated using solar panels.

Barrel is made of thick plywood. Engines it not: she sailed only by wind and ocean currents. The unusual and risky journey, the Frenchman was inspired by the feat of his compatriot: doctor and biologist Alain Bombing, which in 1952 solo across the Atlantic ocean from the Canary Islands to Barbados in a rubber boat.

On the evening of 27 April, after 122 days and nine hours, the barrel is brought into the waters of the Caribbean sea. During the journey the man ate not only the food prepared for the trip, but catching fish. In addition, he was able to replenish stocks after a meeting with the Oceanographic vessel Ronald H. Brown. Once the barrel was nearly rammed by a cargo ship that did not pay attention to the radio. Fortunately, Savin shot in time of flares. But the most difficult moment came in late March, when the violent storm nearly turned and sank a ship.

According to Savin, he was bored once: the days flew very fast and he barely had time to admire the sunset. Now the barrel is drifting toward Florida, where at the nearest port, the Frenchman together with your vehicle will Board the cargo ship and go back the normal way.

But even at home he doesn’t count on vacation: he has already received a lot of suggestions about speeches; he plans to write a book, and the forthcoming activity will be crossing swim of the English channel.

Learn how to survive on a raft in the ocean.

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