ARES, FRANCE – A 71-year-old Frenchman has set off on what could be considered an epic, albeit a bit out of the ordinary, adventure across the world’s second largest body of water.
Instead, however, of using a boat, skiff, or some variation of other ship, Jean-Jacques Savin is travelling in an orange barrel.
The barrel, far from being simply of contraption of wooden planks and iron bands, is a sophisticated capsule that he spent months crafting.
His craft is 10 feet long and 7 feet wide, and relies only on ocean currents to move him along.
This maritime man began is trans-Atlantic journey from the Canary Islands and hopes to float to the Caribbean by the end of March.
Along the way Savin plans to drop markers that will assist oceanographers in their study of currents in the Atlantic ocean.