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Christ, we have heard of some dopey nautical ventures, but this might be the dopiest…

A Frenchman has set off to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, using ocean currents alone to propel him. Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, left El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands and hopes to reach the Caribbean in as little as three months.

His reinforced capsule contains a sleeping bunk, kitchen and storage. He will drop markers along the way to help oceanographers study Atlantic currents.

“The weather is great. I’ve got a swell of one metre (3ft) and I’m moving at 2-3km/h,” he told AFP news agency by telephone. “For the time being my capsule is behaving very, very well and I’ve got favourable winds forecast until Sunday.”

Read on, courtesy of the BBC.