“Nobody Told Us About The Pandemic”: A Couple Traveling the World in a Yacht Had No Clue The Corona Virus Had Flown Around the World Until They Ceased Docking on the Caribbean Island After 25 Days at Sea
- Elena Manighetti and Ryan Osborne sailed across the Atlantic in March
- The pair were completely unaware of Covid-19’s global pandemic crisis
- While sailing, the couple had no contact with the outside world for a month
- Now the couple, who live in Manchester, are stuck in St Vincent in the Caribbean
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A couple who quit their jobs in 2017 and bought a boat to sail around the world were completely unaware of the Covid-19 pandemic – until they tried to dock in the Caribbean.
Elena Manighetti from Lombardy, Italy and Ryan Osborne from Manchester left the Canary Islands at the end of February to travel to St. Vincent – a distance of 3,000 miles.
The couple had told their families that they did not want to receive bad news during their trip.
Ryan Osborne, on the right, and Elena Manighetti, on the left, were completely unaware of the Covid-19 pandemic, as they had sailed across the Atlantic without internet access for most of March
The couple, who live in Manchester, quit their job and bought a boat to sail around the world
The couple hopes to continue their journey once the restrictions on the lock are lifted
However, as they approached the Caribbean, they were told that many of the islands had closed their borders to protect their populations from the Covid-19 virus.
The couple said they were aware of a virus in China when they left the Canary Islands, but did not think it could affect their journey across the world.
After 25 days at sea – without access to outside news because they had no cell phone signal – they were told that due to the new locking restrictions, they were unable to dock in different ports.
The first thing they knew about Covid-19 was when a friend, who had sailed ahead of them, told them about the closure.
Mrs. Manighetti told it BBC: ‘In February we heard there was a virus in China, but with the limited information we had, we thought it would all be over by the time we got to the Caribbean in 25 days.
“We told our shore contacts that we didn’t want to hear bad news, which was a difficult job because it was pretty bad news.”
Mr. Osborne said: “We first tried to land in one of the French areas of the Caribbean, but when we arrived we found that all borders were closed and the islands closed. Even then, we assumed it was a preventative measure because of the peak season. We thought the islands didn’t want to risk a few tourists infecting the locals. ‘
The couple did not have a mobile phone for much of their journey across the Atlantic
Ms Manighetti said that because she is an Italian citizen, the authorities did not want to land her because of the impact of Covid-19 on her native Lombardy.
But because the pair had tracked their journey on GPS, they were able to prove that they had been at sea for 25 days and had been accidentally quarantined.
When they finally made contact with the outside world, Mrs. Manighetti discovered the impact Covid-19 had on her hometown. She said her family is safe after six weeks in prison, although people she has known for years have been victims of the virus.
The couple, currently in Bequia, Saint Vincent, are currently unable to continue their journey as it is not open anywhere.
They said they wanted to continue exploring the Caribbean before June and the start of the hurricane season.
She added, “We’re sandwiched between hurricane season and the virus.”