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Post by Pyrrho » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:03 am

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46690647
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.
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Re: France

Post by shemp » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:14 am

I hope that thing has a lifebarrel.
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Re: France

Post by sparks » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:16 am

He goes through one good storm, that thing will turn into a blender and he's the cocktail.
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Post by Doctor X » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:29 am

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Re: France

Post by sparks » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:22 am

Indeed! :)
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Post by xouper » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:03 am

. . . He believes ocean currents alone will carry his resin-coated plywood vessel about 4,500km (2,800 miles) to the Caribbean.

. . . The markers he drops along the way will help oceanographers from the JCOMMOPS international marine observatory to study currents.
Am I understanding this correctly?

His boat will be drifting with the currents and he intends to drop markers that will drift along with him?

Perhaps I am missing the obvious and someone can 'splain to me how that's supposed to work?

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Re: France

Post by ed » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:09 am

I notice no mention of a head.

A storm would be interesting.
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Re: France

Post by ceptimus » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:18 pm

The markers probably will drift slowly away from the barrel: both the barrel and the markers are affected by the ocean currents and the wind - their actual path will depend on their ratio of water drag to air drag.

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Re: France

Post by gnome » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:44 pm

You wouldn't be trying to start a different France thread would you?

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