Man Sails 86 Days Across the Atlantic to Reunite with Father, 90

Man Sails 86 Days Across the Atlantic to Reunite with Father, 90
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What do you do when you’re prohibited from international air travel but can’t fathom being away from your aged father? Sail 12,000km across the Atlantic, of course. Juan Manuel Ballestero lives on the small Portuguese island of Porto Santo. When Argentina cancelled all international flights in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he reasoned that the best alternative to reach his 90-year-old father was by sailing. Ballestero‘s voyage from Port Santo to Mar del Plata took 86 days. He arrived on June 17 to a celebrity’s welcome. No stranger to the ocean, Ballestero, 47, was just three years old when he first experienced life at sea. He traveled aboard the fishing vessels that his father, Carlos Alberto Ballestero, captained at the time. Shortly after finishing school, he took a job on a sailing boat off the coast of southern Argentina. He... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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