Frenchman to cross Atlantic in a barrel

More pictures, information and an update from France 24 article:
Frenchman sets sail across Atlantic in a barrel
I found the following via a twitter link in the above article. There are short videos, more photos and a cuttaway diagram of the vessel.
Traversée de l'atlantique en tonneau
More pictures and info in this article:
https://www.ouest-france.fr/insolite/insolite-jean-jacques-savin-va-traverser-l-atlantique-l-interieur-d-un-tonneau-6080407
I have not found his live GPS tracker online. That would be interesting, if a bit slow...
 
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Didnt an Aussie use a GPA Jeep?
Ben Carlin. Sort of.

It was called 'Halfsafe'. He certainly got across (and carried on round the world) but whether he got the whole way across the Atlantic under his own steam is still open to question. In particular, he seems to have had help from the Portuguese Navy. His Missus started the journey but got fed up half way round and left him to it.

Ben Carlin - Wikipedia
 
I found a link to his facebook page with photo uploads from his mobile phone, when he had network coverage. Those onions surely won't last long. I would have expected a lot of food and water to be stowed under him. Interested in the vessel dynamics as he uses stocks up. Maybe some ballast is fixed in place.
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https://www.facebook.com/BOUTESA/
 

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Sod the Frenchman. I intend to seal myself in a large and luxurious penthouse barrel with this lot and see if I can set a new world record for the longest amount of time require to talk a middle-aged chap built for comfort out of a large and luxurious penthouse barrel.

The blonde on the left is clearly regaling her colleagues with tales of THAT rifle.

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endure

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Bet he’s got WiFi and a huge amount of porn stashed - they’re going to find a desiccated husk just off Trinidad and Tobago around June mark my words.
With biceps like tree trunks...
 
He should look up the French invasion of Fishguard.

Them Frogs came mob-handed, and still wound up surrendering to a bunch of Welsh fishwives.

Even if he sneaks into America under the radar, he is but one single Crapaud against innumerable undereducated, overweight excessively armed, US nationalist munters.

I can hardly wait for the footage of his landing :-D
It's a Frenchman arriving by sea at a time the Americas are divided politically.

They'll welcome him with open arms and then rely on him to do all the hard work before writing his contribution out of their popular history.
 
According to his tracker (post #47), he has spent the last day heading east. That must be a bit of a disappointment.
 
Warmer ocean temperature than normal perhaps affecting currents? I seem to recall that part of his mission is related to monitoring ocean currents.
Or a westerly wind?

The relative effects of wind and current must depend on the buoyancy of the barrel. Maybe that'll be a consideration for a MkII barrel - variable buoyancy to get a smidgen of control.

I'm aware that he flung out a drogue about a week ago to counter his movement towards the north so there is a little bit of cheating going on.
 
The SPOT page I linked above only shows the last week so I'll add this one:
https://goo.gl/maps/W1VeYR4yGp32 which covers the full journey.

If you zoom in on the markers on the SPOT page, you'll notice that there are a series of about half a dozen plots at 5 minute intervals each morning. It gives an idea of wind speed and direction.

He's not doing too well just now, about 700 miles further north and 500 miles further east than he planned to be. He's still south enough that he could pick up a northeasterly trade wind that would push him in the right direction but he can't afford to go much further north (and he's currently heading in the general direction of Greenland).

I don't know how much spare food he has but in terms of distance, ignoring direction, he's only gone half as far as he expected to.

It's all in the lap of the wind. You can't estimate future performance on the back of past progress.

He's sounding a bit disheartened but he remains determined. His fortune may change for the better. I suspect that he's wishing that he'd fitted ballast tanks to reduce his flotation and hence reduce the effect of adverse winds.

His blog:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Sports-Event/BOUTESA/posts/
 
The SPOT page I linked above only shows the last week so I'll add this one:
https://goo.gl/maps/W1VeYR4yGp32 which covers the full journey.

If you zoom in on the markers on the SPOT page, you'll notice that there are a series of about half a dozen plots at 5 minute intervals each morning. It gives an idea of wind speed and direction.

He's not doing too well just now, about 700 miles further north and 500 miles further east than he planned to be. He's still south enough that he could pick up a northeasterly trade wind that would push him in the right direction but he can't afford to go much further north (and he's currently heading in the general direction of Greenland).

I don't know how much spare food he has but in terms of distance, ignoring direction, he's only gone half as far as he expected to.

It's all in the lap of the wind. You can't estimate future performance on the back of past progress.

He's sounding a bit disheartened but he remains determined. His fortune may change for the better. I suspect that he's wishing that he'd fitted ballast tanks to reduce his flotation and hence reduce the effect of adverse winds.

His blog:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Sports-Event/BOUTESA/posts/
That's a rough old ride. Well done to him for toughing it out and being determined.
 

English in the bottom half.

I anticipate that his next post will describe what critical component is broken and how he intends to jury rig it.
 
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English in the bottom half.

I anticipate that his next post will describe what critical component is broken and how he intends to jury rig it.
Am I interpreting this wrong or did he start a few hundred miles off West Africa and might make Trumps 2020 inauguration at this rate?


The ballsy intrepid bastard
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Am I interpreting this wrong or did he start a few hundred miles off West Africa and might make Trumps 2020 inauguration at this rate?


The ballsy intrepid bastard
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Go back to post #56 for the link that shows the full journey. He set off from the Canary Islands and should have gone south, southwest, westsouthwest before settling on a westerly course about a month in.

Instead, he has substituted north for south.

This prolonged spell of bad weather makes me a little concerned for his safety. If he has to keep the hatch closed, the air inside his 3m long, 2.1m diameter barrel must be getting a bit rank. It would be a pity if the barrel washes up in the right place with a suffocated Frenchman inside it.
 

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