This Frenchman has set off to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, using ocean currents alone to propel him. A brave aims to travel one of the biggest ocean in the world.
The man named Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, left El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands and hopes to reach the Caribbean in as little as three months or 90 days.
Savin’s reinforced capsule contains a sleeping bunk, kitchen and storage.
He will drop markers along the way to help oceanographers study Atlantic currents.
Updates on the journey are being posted on a Facebook page and the latest message said the barrel was “behaving well”.
“The weather is great. I’ve got a swell of one metre (3ft) and I’m moving at 2-3km/h… I’ve got favourable winds forecast until Sunday,” he said via AFP telephone interview.
The capsule-like barrel is designed to withstand the constant battering of the waves.
Savin is a former military paratrooper and has also worked as a park ranger and a pilot.
He believes ocean currents alone will carry his resin-coated plywood vessel about 4,500km (2,800 miles) to the Caribbean.
Furthermore, the barrel is 3m long and 2.10m wide with six square metres of living space. There is a porthole in the floor through which Mr Savin can watch passing fish.
His budget of €60,000 (£54,000; $68,000) was largely raised through crowdfunding.
“Maybe Barbados, although I would really like it to be a French island like Martinique or Guadaloupe,” he joked.