The Weekend Sailor

Feature Documentary
Sport, History, Biography, Adventure
Runtime: 1 hr 13 min 47 sec
Director: Bernardo Arsuaga

In 1973, the United Kingdom organized the first head to head sailing race around the world, inviting expert crews from Europe and other countries against each other. The Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, today the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race took the sport to its limits. The British Royal Navy purchased six yachts to train 800 man and chose the best four 10-man crews for each of the four legs of the race, yet, an inexperienced Mexican man also signed up. In his fifties, with a crew that included his wife, son, family and friends. His name, Ramon Carlin. A weekend sailor. And despite becoming the laughing stock of the race and facing racism from the British press, he beat every competing nation.

Through archival footage from the boat, as well as contemporary interviews with surviving crew members, ‘The Weekend Sailor’ follows Ramon and his crew as they race around the world through tropical, winter, and life threatening conditions. As the race turns deadly, Ramon is ready to quit. But when he realizes they have a shot at winning, this team of outcasts presses on to become champions of this historic race.

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