Jean-Jacques Savin Completes Trans-Atlantic Crossing, Drifting in a Barrel

After a voyage of 147 days covering more than 2,000 nautical miles, French adventurer Jean-Jacques Savin, 72, has successfully drifted across the Atlantic Ocean on the wind and currents in his 10′ by 9′ orange barrel-shaped  craft.

He departed from El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, west of Morocco, at the end of last December.  After arriving in the Caribbean on May 2, an oil tanker towed Savin and his barrel to the tiny Dutch island of St. Eustatius. His Facebook page reports that he is now on board a cargo ship on its way to Martinique.  

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6 Responses to Jean-Jacques Savin Completes Trans-Atlantic Crossing, Drifting in a Barrel

  1. Willy says:

    So? Does he repurpose the tiny craft into a tiny home?

  2. Phil says:

    Under-tow, That’s cheating!
    He never completed the trip!

  3. Willy says:

    He was probably drifting out to sea again. Typical of drifting on the waters

  4. Chris Roche says:

    So he started from the Canaries and not the mainland then hitches a tow and rather like the rowers who do it all in the sunshine and do not start from the mainland they all make a claim that is only if ever partially true.
    I agree cheating is about right for all of these but still it is a personal challenge just don’t claim a record.

  5. Peter Wright says:

    I cannot wait to see what benefits to technology and the promotion of mankind this will bring.

    Maybe Emma Thomson will start crossing the Atlantic this way as part of her commitment to save the planet instead of flying to Holywood First Class.

  6. Phil says:

    To: Peter Wright ,

    Doesn’t matter how she flew, the plane also had coach seating and was going that way anyway. All she got was booze and maybe better food.

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