A 71-year-old Frenchman Is Sailing to the Caribbean Inside a Barrel — and You Better Believe He Packed His Favorite Wine
A lot of us would love to set sail to the Caribbean, but only a fair few would actually want to do it in a barrel.
According to the Daily Mail, 71-year-old Jean-Jacques Savin, originally from France, has already set sail from El Hierro in the Canary Islands in hopes of landing in either Barbados, Martinique or Guadeloupe within the next three months.
And he's taking his journey in a 10-foot by 7-foot orange barrel made of resin-coated plywood, and relying only on ocean currents to get there. What could go wrong?
Well, before we jump to judgement, Savin is not just a regular man off the street. According to the Daily Mail, he is not only a former paratrooper who served in Africa, he has been a pilot, a park ranger and has been prepping for his trip for many months, now.
In addition, it seems like Savin is taking the necessary precautions for his trip. His capsule contains a kitchen, storage and sleeping area, as well as a porthole for catching fish for food (which is easier than stocking up for the full journey), the Daily Mail reported. He also brought along some foie gras and wine for New Year’s and his upcoming birthday, so it won’t be 100% serious the entire time.
He’s also taking into account the weather conditions, telling the Daily Mail that he has a good forecast for the next week or so. Three months in a capsule in the middle of the ocean isn’t exactly what we’d call a barrel of fun, but Savin is using this trip as an opportunity for knowledge as well.
According to the Daily Mail, Savin will be dropping markers for the international marine observatory as part of a study of ocean currents, and he will be traveling with a bottle of Bordeaux to see how the wine reacts to being tossed on the waves as opposed to being stored on land.
In addition, Savin will use the journey to study the “effects of solitude in close confinement,” with himself as the guinea pig, according to the Daily Mail.
Since Savin has already headed out onto the ocean blue, it will be difficult to know whether his voyage is going as planned. But we’ll all be happy (and relieved) when he lands in the Caribbean around March.