Nothing was about to hold Juan Manuel Ballestero from his family.
The Argentinian man was on the island of Porto Santo in Portugal when the coronavirus outbreak prompted officers to cancel all worldwide flights to mitigate the unfold of COVID-19, in accordance to a latest report in The New York Times.
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However the shutdown sparked a brand new thought for the 47-year-old: take an 85-day sailboat journey as an alternative.
When Ballestero, an skilled sailor, launched into the journey alone, it wasn’t with out challenges. Cape Verde authorities prevented him from docking his Ohlson 29 boat to refuel and restock on meals at one level, forcing him to head West and rely totally on the wind to transfer.
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After almost three months on the water, Ballestero reached his vacation spot at Mar del Plata and documented among the journey on Instagram.
Earlier than he might reunite with his kinfolk, nevertheless, he had to take a COVID-19 check, which got here again destructive inside 72 hours.
He mentioned that coming into the identical port the place his father’s boat was docked and “the place I realized how to sail and the place all this originated, gave me the style of a mission achieved,” The Instances reported.
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His subsequent transfer? Get again on the water.
“What I lived is a dream,” he told The Times. “However I’ve a powerful want to carry on crusing.”