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The Long Way recounts the incredible story of Bernard Moitessier's participation in the first Golden Globe Race a solo, non-stop circumnavigation rounding the three great Capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn. For seven months, the veteran seafarer battled storms, doldrums, gear failures, and knock-downs, as well as overwhelming fatigue and loneliness. Then, nearing the finish with victory in hand, Moitessier suddenly pulled out of the race and sailed on. His 37,455-mile journey continued for another three months, finally ending in Tahiti. Never once in all that time had he touched land.
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"Moitessier was the original mystical mariner and inventor of the charismatic French boat-bum persona: French cruisers have pretty much had a bad reputation ever since, but there's no denying Moitessier's impact on bluewater sailing. This account of his most legendary exploit, in which he blew off winning the 1969 singlehanded nonstop Golden Globe round-the-world race so he could 'save his soul' in high southern latitudes, is a bible to ocean sailors with a metaphysical bent. His decision to quit the race and keep on sailing, in more ways than one, marks the point at which ocean racing and ocean cruising went their separate ways."
"This book is about his Round the World Race for singlehanded yachts. For Moitessier, the race finished in mid-Pacific after he had passed the three Capes and crossed his outward track, leading, and with the hardest sections behind him, he decided to forfeit the race and continue into the Pacific again, to anchor finally among friends in Tahiti." -- Sailing Inland & Offshore "Sailing Inland & Offshore, January 1996"
Bernard Moitessier became a legend in his own time as one of the greatest ocean voyagers. A gifted writer, he was born in 1925 in Indochina and gained much of his sailing knowledge from the fishermen of the Gulf of Siam.
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Book Description Adlard Coles Nautical Press, 1974. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0229115101