Couple who sailed from Canary Islands to Caribbean stunned to find how quickly coronavirus had spread when they arrived – The Sun

A COUPLE who set sail from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean were stunned to find out that coronavirus had gripped the world – after being cut off from contact from the world for 25 days.

Elena Manighetti and Ryan Osborne quit their jobs in 2017 and decided to sail around the world.

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Marketer Elena, 32, and civil engineer Ryan, 33, set off from the Spanish islands on 28 February when only China was in lockdown.

They planned to land on Guadeloupe but while in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, friends told them some Caribbean islands were closing their borders due to coronavirus.

The married couple, who previously lived in Manchester, altered course to Grenada and eventually landed Skua, their 44-year-old 37ft Tayana monohull, in Bequia, part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadine islands on 25 March and learnt the full extent of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

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Elena, who is originally from Lombardy, Italy, said: “In February we’d heard there was a virus in China, but with the limited information we had we figured by the time we got to the Caribbean in 25 days it would all be over.

“We told our shore contacts we didn’t want to hear any bad news during the Atlantic crossing, which was a difficult job as it was pretty bad news.

“My hometown is in the Italian region of Lombardy which has been one of the worst affected in the world.


“Ryan and I hadn’t realised how it had affected our families until we docked and I managed to call my dad.

“He told me to not panic but our town had been one of the worst affected areas globally."

The couple now plan to sail south when safe to do so to avoid the hurricane season and then stay in the Caribbean exploring.


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