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THE WEEKEND SAILOR

Directed by Bernardo Arsuaga

Mexico | Canada | Colorado Premiere | 74 min

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 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 through flawless work ethic and a sheer effort. He married the love of his life Paquita and formed a family. 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. While visiting Enrique in the United Kingdom, Ramon noticed an ad on a magazine 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.

Additional credits

Written by

Bernardo Arsuaga
Christopher John Malanchen
Erik Virtanen

Bernardo Arsuaga    …    producer
Lawrence Elman    …    executive producer
Jaime Romandia    …    executive producer
Erik Virtanen    …    producer

Sir Chay Blyth    …    Himself
David Bowen    …    Himself
Franck Cammas    …    Himself
Enrique Carlin    …    Himself
Francisco Reyes Carlin    …    Himself
Ramon Carlin    …    Himself
Roberto Cubas Carlin    …    Himself
Anthony Churchill    …    Himself
Ray Conrady    …    Himself
Butch Darylmple-Smith    …    Himself
Tjerk Romke de Vries    Tjerk Romke de Vries    …    Himself
Knut Frostad    …    Himself
Torben Grael    …    Himself
Francisca Larios    …    Herself
Simon Le Bon    …    Himself – Narrator (voice)
Keith Lorence    …    Himself
Bob Martin    …    Himself
Adolfo Orenday    …    Himself
Lionel Péan    …    Himself
Eric Tabarly    …    Himself (archive footage)

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