An image provided by Juan Manuel Ballestero, from left: Juan Manuel Ballestero, who sailed from Portugal to Argentina after borders shut down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, aboard his boat with his brother, Carlos Alberto Ballestero and their father Carlos Albert Ballestero. (Juan Manuel Ballestero via The New York Times)

BUENOS AIRES — Days after Argentina canceled all international passenger flights to shield the country from the new coronavirus, Juan Manuel Ballestero began his journey home the only way possible: He stepped aboard his small sailboat for what turned out to be an 85-day odyssey across the Atlantic.

The 47-year-old sailor could have stayed put on the tiny Portuguese island of Porto Santo, to ride out the era of lockdowns and social distancing in

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