Unlikely Winner of First Around The World Race

Published on March 6th, 2016

Showcasing dozens of films from around the world, the 13th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival on March 10-13 brings the power and mystery of the ocean to the beautiful San Francisco waterfront.

One of the films being shown during the 2016 festival is THE WEEKEND SAILOR, winner of the 2016 Director’s Award. Here is the film description:

In 1973, the first ever Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, now the Volvo Ocean Race, was won by an unlikely competitor from a country with no sailing history. The captain of this venture also had no boat and barely a crew. Competing against experienced sailors from around the world, Ramon Carlin is the perfect skipper, and the perfect leader – getting the best out of his crew through respect and example.

Winning the 1973-74 race was the Mexican yacht Sayula II, a Swan 65 owned and skippered by Mexican Ramón Carlin. Competing alongside 16 other yachts, Carlin and his crew of 12 (including family, friends and some professional sailors from other countries) completed the race in 152 days. More information here.

Here is a trailer for the film:

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