On Jan. 19, Mr. Savin posted his final diary entry on Fb.
“I’ve run into some issues within the final 10 or so days,” he wrote. “The photo voltaic collector (which ought to recharge the battery of my water desalination system) has stopped working. I’ve been pressured to make use of my guide desalinator, however that takes all my bodily power.”
“Relaxation assured,” he added, “I’m not in peril!”
He was heading to the Azores, the Portuguese archipelago, he mentioned.
“There’s an exquisite marina with an airport subsequent door,” he wrote. “Every part I want is there.”
“Regardless of the present difficulties of sturdy swells and winds, it has turn into simpler because the wind pushes me towards the archipelago,” he wrote, including, “Regardless of all of it, I’ll completely not quit!”
Mr. Savin, who turned 75 throughout this voyage, hailed from the oyster farming city of Arès, in southwestern France. He was a former navy parachutist, pilot and park ranger in Africa who didn’t settle quietly into his golden years.
By the point he was 71, Mr. Savin had already sailed solo throughout the Atlantic 4 occasions.
In 2018, he crossed the Atlantic once more, this time in an orange barrel-shaped capsule that he mentioned he had constructed himself. A New York Occasions article described the capsule, which was about 10 ft lengthy and 6 ft 8 inches huge, as “smaller than a pickup and held upright by a concrete ballast.”
He accomplished the journey in 127 days. In an interview afterward, Mr. Savin described his time at sea as “full freedom.”
“It’s onerous to convey,” he mentioned. “Nobody tells you what to do. There are not any guidelines. It’s freedom.”
Although he was expert, and was geared up with refined navigation and communication instruments, that voyage was not with out its challenges, he conceded. “Twice, I nearly collided with giant ships,” he mentioned.