May 31, 2019

On May 2, 72-year old French adventurer, Jean-Jacques Savin completed a 2,930-mile Atlantic crossing in a plywood barrel.

He had set off from the Canary Islands on December 28, 2019 and 127 days and six hours later, arrived in the Caribbean where an oil tanker towed Savin and his handmade vessel to the tiny Dutch Island off St. Eustatius. His resin-coated plywood craft had about 65 square feet of living space inside, including a small kitchen and sleeping area. A weighted keel kept the barrel stable, and four portholes on each side of the barrel allowed Savin to look out on the water.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists more than 30 methods of crossing the 3,000-mile ocean, including Thor Heyerdahl’s 1970 trip across the Atlantic on a papyrus raft, and England’s Timothy Severin’s 1976 voyage on a craft of ox hides.

SOURCE: Washington Post, 5/8/19