We write about all kinds of innovation in boating – but this is our first “barrel” story – and we love it. For three reasons. First, for the pursuit of a crazy boating idea. Second, it’s so simple while being innovative – he’s simply drifting with the currents to the Carribean. And third, it’s another kind of crazy frenchman boating story.
Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, is a former paratrooper and park ranger thinks sails and motors are for the birds. You just need a comfortable capsule and a lot of patience. He raised the necessary funds to build his barrel with crowdfunding.
The barrel is about 10 feet long and about 7 feet wide. He can fish from a porthole. It looks quite comfy assuming you aren’t getting rolled 360 degrees. Kind of like traveling in a space ship.
So far so good. “The weather is great. I’ve got a swell of 1 meter (3 feet) and I’m moving at 2 or 3 kilometers an hour (1-2 mph),” Savin told the Agence France-Presse by telephone.
Just when you think it’s a stunt, you find out that there is very serious scientific research being performed along the way. Before he left, he bought two bottles of Bordeaux wine. One bottle is on board and one on land. He wants to study the affects of the voyage on the bottle of wine! Barrel indeed.
Follow his voyage on Facebook (in French), where there is a video of the launch.