71-year-old Frenchman attempts to float across the Atlantic Ocean in capsule

A 71-year-old Frenchman is relying entirely on Mother Nature to help him cross the Atlantic Ocean. 

Jean-Jacques Savin boarded a barrel-shaped capsule that took months to craft and set out Wednesday from El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, according to his Facebook page. He is attempting to navigate the vast Atlantic in pursuit of the Caribbean using only the wind and current to get him there. 

Savin, a former military paratrooper, describes the challenge on his website as “a crossing where the man would not be captain of his boat, but passenger of the Ocean.”

He is expected to spend the next two to three months aboard the orange barrel, which measures 10 feet long and just under 7 feet wide. It is made of polyester to endure shock and balanced with a weighted keel, and is complete with four windows, a stove, gas cylinders and a GPS tablet.

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