Olympian sailing veteran Nestor Soriano passes away

Published September 9, 2021, 12:17 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Olympian sailing athlete Nestor Soriano passed away Friday, Sept. 3, in his hometown in Antique due to complications brought by COVID-19.

He was 67.

Soriano competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the finn class event and was a silver medalist in the J24 Keelboat class at the 1993 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

He started his sailing career at a young age when members of the Manila Yacht Club started organizing sailing lessons for the youth who worked at the club.

He has also competed in several regatta races such as the China Sea Race, the President’s Cup and the Philippine Hobie Challenge.

Later on, Soriano taught sailing lessons at the Manila Yacht Club, the Taal Yacht Club and the Iloilo Yacht Club.

His last race was in March last year when he and his team placed first runner up in the Doni Altura Cup and second runner up in the Busuanga Cup (Cruiser Division).

He is survived by his wife, Susan, daughter Michelle, son-in-law Bernard Banico and sons Michael, Juan Manuel and Jose Mari.