‘A passenger of the ocean’

In this photograph taken Dec. 22, Frenchman Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, stands atop his 10-foot-long, 7-foot-wide resin-coated plywood capsule, which will use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea. (Courtesy of Jean-Jacques Savin /via AP)

LONDON — Drifting in the ocean in a sailboat at the mercy of winds and currents would be a nightmare for many. But a 71-year-old Frenchman with a taste for adventure has found a new way to conquer the Atlantic Ocean: in a barrel.