Ocean Films: The Weekend Sailor
Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street
Sydney NSW 2000
6th November 2019
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Enjoy a showing of the award-winning film 'The Weekend Sailor', followed by canapes in the Tasman Light Gallery.
In 1973, the United Kingdom organized the first head-to-head around the world sailing race, inviting expert crews from Europe and other countries against each other.
The British Royal Navy purchased six yachts to train 800 men 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 Carlín. A weekend sailor. And he beat every competing nation.
In Mexico, Ramon lived the working man’s dream, turning a door-to-door sales job into a million dollar company. His rebellious teenage son, Enrique, wanted to marry to his 14 year-old girlfriend, so Ramon sent him to school in Ireland to keep them apart. It only made things more extreme on their life. Whilst in the United Kingdom, Ramon noticed an ad for a sailing race around the world. He’d been sailing casually for two years in Acapulco and saw this race as an opportunity to teach his son some discipline and a real life experience.
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