The god of sports is dead
Diego Armando Maradona (1960 – 2020)
The Sailing Newspaper pays tribute to Diego Armando Maradona, the god of football but also of sports. Because a sports genius is universal no matter what discipline he or she practices. And Maradona (pictured here with a cigar gift from Fidel Castro, sailing in Cuba) was the absolute genius, sublime interpreter of his sport, soccer. When Maradona touched the ball his opponents were terrified of being laughed at.
So it happened to our sailing genius, Agostino “Tino” Straulino, who, even old and blind, allowed himself to win the 1973 One Tonner World Championship, beating the American Ganbare. Straulino couldn’t see, but he “sniffed the wind” and knew when to tack to make less way to the buoy. Kind of like Maradona sniffing the soccer field and opponents. He didn’t know how he did it, but he always scored. It’s a matter of instinct. Like Plummer on the race course.
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