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

#102

Crossing the Atlantic by whatever means appear to be all the rage these days.
Just look here at all the people rowing across in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018:
https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/2018-race-entrants/

A Danish pair won the race for the 2-men team:

PS> There is still time to register for the 2019 challenge, starting in 309 days.
Any takers here on the forum? (C.captain maybe??)

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#103

Don’t forget the 2019 r2ak in June from Port Townsend to Ketchikan. It started with a handful of participants a few years ago and now attracts international teams. First prize is $10,000, second prize is a set of steak knives.

Read all about it:

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#104

well our old farting Frog has finally hit his stride and is pretty much booking westward…as I see it he is right at about one third of the way across

vive le puant vieux homme

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#105

And good luck to him. It takes time to use sea currents to move from A to B.

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#106

well after a pretty sketchy first month adrift and contrary to my predictions, our old French cheese eater is pretty much now on track to the Caribbean.

I still think this is a stoopid stunt prepared for in advance and not impressive such as a bona fide survival adrift at sea struggle like these stories

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#107

mon dieu…16 days since I last reported on our wayward Frog in mid Atlantic and 63 days out there for him but he is on track to make it to the Windward Islands

see what happens when you disappear and nobody misses your absence?

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#108

You mean him for a full 63 days, or you, missing for only 16 days??

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#109

I wished you would permanently disappear…

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#110

Your wishes is not my command.

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#111

In a possibly futile attempt to get this thread back on topic, does anybody have evidence the French guy is still alive?

Cheers,

Earl

[Edited for clarity]

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#112

Who? @c.captain? Pretty sure I heard him yelling at the clouds over his front yard a little bit ago. It is snowing here, again, so I cant say that I blame him.

Doesn’t the French guy have a blog he’s updating by satellite?

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#113

Yeah, the French guy. Anybody have a link to his blog?

Cheers,

Earl

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#114

The old salt blog has this link to his French website: http://www.atlantique-tonneau.com/
Click on suivez-moi for the blog. Bonne chance.

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#115

And this has his track. https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?&mid=1UiW0t61m2NF2aHiWQ8Q3S3TvQhdhfRoW&ll=42.22793321022938%2C-25.59354123930541&z=3

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#116

Doesn’t matter…over the past few years this forum has dived into mediocrity and you are a big part of that descent

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#117

I don’t yell at clouds…I only thought it was the white whale!

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#118

Thanks. He doesn’t sound so insane or deprived to me, but what 4-5 months in a barrel will do to him is left to be seen.
He catches fish for food, have a hand powered “desalinator” for freshwater and exercise and the company of flying fish and the odd ship, so what more can a man desire? (OK, you don’t have to mention it)
BTW; He is also able to stay in touch with family and friends on a regular basis. That is better then what many seafarers have, even today.

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#119

Here is his blog… or was… the last entry was on March 1 >>>

http://www.atlantique-tonneau.com/suivez-moi/

Here is his daily satellite position >>>

https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0hVSExFoQEhGGjUyy1Yg0OVsvDW7rDQPa

Ten days ago:
He was splitting his food reserves for a 4th month and even for a fifth one…

As, generally, the trades will turn from NE to SE, nearer to the Lesser Antilles, he was prepared to arrive rather at Puerto Rico, than where his reception committee is waiting at Martinique.

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#120

What else can be said? Life at sea is what it is. Interestingly enough our French hero is not drifting in a sea of plastic garbage but enjoys fishing, swimming and hailing passing ships on his way in clean water. And his aboard wine cellar is full of good wine … what else can you ask for at sea? His AIS and GPS, etc, also work fine. When he arrives, he just have to call the local yacht club to tow him to port.

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#121

At his age, he can reasonably expect to have perhaps 60-100 months left. This sounds like a poor way to spend 4 or 5 of those months. Of course, it does beat sitting in a nursing home waiting for diaper changes.

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