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A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially designed barrel capsule, which will use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea.

Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 2,800-mile journey to the Caribbean in about three months. Savin will drop markers from his three-metre long resin-coated plywood capsule along the trip to assist oceanographers in their study of currents in the Atlantic Ocean. The barrel is equipped with a kitchen area, and a mattress with straps to keep him from being thrown about by rough seas.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/break...-cross-atlantic-in-barrel-capsule-894305.html

He's gotten as far as the Caribbean.

A 72-year-old Frenchman has reached the Caribbean Sea after spending four months drifting from the Canary Islands in a barrel.

Jean-Jacques Savin, an adventurer and former paratrooper, claimed to have achieved his goal of becoming the first man to cross the Atlantic without sail, motor or human power.

“The Atlantic crossing is a success,” he said by satellite phone. “Now I have to find a way to be picked up and dropped off near a port. At the moment I’m drifting towards Florida.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/...ks-lift-after-hitting-caribbean-sea-lgnzms7mq
 

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He's gotten as far as the Caribbean.

A 72-year-old Frenchman has reached the Caribbean Sea after spending four months drifting from the Canary Islands in a barrel.

Jean-Jacques Savin, an adventurer and former paratrooper, claimed to have achieved his goal of becoming the first man to cross the Atlantic without sail, motor or human power.

“The Atlantic crossing is a success,” he said by satellite phone. “Now I have to find a way to be picked up and dropped off near a port. At the moment I’m drifting towards Florida.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/...ks-lift-after-hitting-caribbean-sea-lgnzms7mq
You don't get to say you crossed the ocean unless you wind up hitting land, otherwise you're just still in the ocean.
 

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Looks like a job for Florida Man.
 

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Vid at link.

Man in box of ice breaks world record

An Austrian man has broken a world record, by standing in a box filled with ice for over two-and-a-half hours.
Josef Koeberl beat the previous record for full-body contact, which he set himself last year, by over 25 minutes.

Published 7 hours ago

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-54049219
 

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To cross the Atlantic by whale!

In the 1990s, adventurer Tom McClean wanted to sail a 62-tonne whale-shaped boat across the Atlantic. Almost 30 years later he still holds on to that dream.

"When I first took my idea of the boat to a marine architect in Helensburgh, he thought I wanted to build a whaler, said Tom, the Dublin-born, Lochaber-based 78-year-old.

After Tom explained he did not want a small leisure craft, but a vessel the same size and shape as a sperm whale the bemused architect replied: "That is going to be very technical."

From 1992 to 1995, Tom's dream gradually took physical form at engineering firm William Reid's fabrication yard in Forres in Moray. The belly of the steel-framed craft was fitted out with cabins, providing living quarters for the 3,000-mile (4,828km) voyage. The 20m (65ft) high beast was powered by two diesel engines and could even spout water. ...

Yet the idea of the transatlantic crossing never has never died, with Tom resurrecting the plan as recently as 2016, when he talked once again of making the voyage in the belly of his whale boat. For years, Moby has mostly been beached on a shore of Loch Nevis at Ardintigh Bay on the North Morar peninsula where Tom and his wife Jill have their Highland Outdoor Centre. After running the outdoor activities business for more than 50 years, the couple are selling up.

Tom said: "The whale might be sold along with the centre, or maybe someone will buy it separately to do something with themselves - or maybe involve me in. I'm almost 80, but still very active."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-57482669
 
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