AUGUST'S NOMINEES
Sailor of the Month J MANUEL BALLASTERO (ARG)
‘Now I am calm,’ said the 47 year old Argentine navigator after sailing his 29-footer alone from Madeira to Mar del Plata at 24 hours’ notice when he heard the imminent lockdown would prevent him visiting his father and mother, aged 90 and 82 respectively. Ballastero suffered a big knockdown off Brazil; now he says that ‘I’ll buy three chickens, plant a garden and make it quietly through the winter with the old people. I want to be with my family…’

Sailor of the Month WYLDE SWAN (NED)
When lockdown hit Cuba 25 Dutch schoolchildren, three teachers and 12 crew were onboard the 200ft topsail schooner Wylde Swan approaching the island ready to fly back home after a holiday adventure. Instead an ‘isolated’ shore party re-stocked the boat, adding warm clothes ready for a five-week Atlantic crossing to their home port of Harlingen in the Netherlands. With little previous experience 25 youngsters now have a further 4,300 sea miles on their CVs

 

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JULY'S WINNER
Sailor of the Month Winner PHILIPPE GUIGNE (FRA)
‘‘Philippe’s work kept me and thousands of other sailors sane in lockdown, on behalf of us all, THANK YOU!’ – Chris Rands; ‘I can no longer sail due to illness, Virtual Regatta is the only way for me to escape, so… Merçi, Philippe’ – Michel Roue; ‘Thank you, Philippe, for organising the Great Escape… which also allowed me my first victory!!!’ – Serge Martinez; ‘Great job, Mr Philippe, if you ever need a free Italian translation I am here! – Francesco Kalagani!!!
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