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The Long Way is Bernard Moitessier's own incredible story of his participation in the first Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop circumnavigation rounding the. The Long Way is Bernard Moitessier's own incredible story of his participation in the first Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop circumnavigation. Get this from a library! The long way. [Bernard Moitessier; William Rodarmor] -- The Long Way is Bernard Moitessier's own incredible story of his participation in .
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It took him 10 months to sail. If the weather mojtessier stayed bad for a few days longer, with easterly winds, I would be far to the north by now; I would have continued north, sincerely believing it was my destiny, letting myself be carried by the trades like an easy current with no whirlpools or snares, believing it was true… and being wrong. Glossing over details few men would skip in an attempt to paint themselves as the hero, Moitessier is at home in the open ocean.
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This is a great book. He ultimately sailed another moitessiee thirds of the way around the globe, passing Africa and Australia a second time. Onboard with Mark Corke. The story of yachtsman Bernard Moitessier, who bernard moitessier the long way pulled out of the Golden Globe race, having battled storms, gear failure, knockdowns and overwhelming fatigue and loneliness. Next was some interesting insight as he struggles with his choice to turn away from finishing the race and continuing on.
However, he decided that he and Joshua had had enough and, on June 21,put in at Tahiti, aay where he and bernard moitessier the long way wife had set out for Alicante, Spain, a decade earlier.
At that time, no one had sailed around the world alone without stopping. Full Sail Chapter 2: But bernard moitessier the long way second half really went off bernard moitessier the long way hippy-dippy deep end.
Perhaps that is why he wrote less—he was too busy keeping the boat upright and doing maintenance to keep waj sea-worthy. Waterproof Notebook — Pocket Sized Fernhurst. Lucia he once again was shipwrecked due to physical exhaustion.
Picked up and taken back to Trinidad by friends, he decided to go to France directly, as it seemed the only place he could earn enough to build himself a worthy boat. He was able to get work on a cargo ship which got him to France, via Hamburg , where he found work with a medical company whilst writing a book about his experience Vagabond des Mers du Sud. With the money from his book, he commissioned a 39' steel ketch which he named Joshua , in honour of Joshua Slocum , the first person to sail around the world solo.
After wintering in Casablanca they sailed first to the Canaries , then to Trinidad , and through the Panama Canal to the Galapagos Islands. After two years of spending time in each of these places they arrived at Tahiti , but realised that they were running out of time and that there was just eight months left to return to their children. So Moitessier proposed sailing Joshua home not via the Indian Ocean and Suez Canal , as originally planned, but eastwise, via the quickest route, including a passage about the much feared Cape Horn.
Somewhat reluctantly, Moitessier decided to sail Joshua to Plymouth to meet the criterion for the race of leaving from an English port, but left months after several smaller and therefore slower boats. He departed Plymouth on 23 August and, after a quick passage south, he was off the Cape of Good Hope by 20 October In the process of transferring a canister of film and reports for the Sunday Times to a freighter, he allowed the bow of Joshua to be drawn into the stern of the ship, bending the bowsprit , which he was able to fix with winches on board.
A succession of gales and calm periods characterised his trip through the Southern Ocean till he passed Cape Horn on 5 Feb In all this time he got no feedback on the progress of other competitors from local radio stations. From the time of calms in the Indian Ocean where he was depressed and discovered yoga as a means of controlling his moods, he started to think of not returning to Europe which he saw as a cause of many of his worries.
The aim of continuing his voyage on again to the Galapagos Islands strengthened as he passed through the Pacific though he was determined to complete the circumnavigation first.
Finally having passed Cape Horn he had a crisis when a south-easterly gale started blowing him north again, and his account of his thought processes before he turned for the Cape of Good Hope reflects inner turmoil.
However, the manner of his resignation, as he tells the story, is a key part of his reputation. He sent a message to his London Times correspondent by firing message by slingshot onto the deck of a passing ship, stating: The decision to abandon is instructive of Moitessier's character.
Although driven and competitive, he passed up a chance at instant fame and a world record, and sailed on for three more months. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston went on both to win the race, as its only legitimate finisher, and to become the first man to circumnavigate the globe alone without stopping. Although he abandoned the race, Moitessier still circumnavigated the world, crossing his path off South Africa, and then by sailing almost two-thirds of the way round a second time, all non-stop and mostly in the roaring forties , setting another record for the longest nonstop passage by a yacht, with a total of 37, nautical miles in 10 months.
Despite heavy weather and a couple of severe knockdowns, he even contemplated rounding the Horn again.
However, he decided that he and Joshua had had enough and, on 21 June , put in at Tahiti, from where he and his wife had set out for Alicante, Spain, a decade earlier. He thus had completed his second personal circumnavigation of the world, including the previous voyage with his wife.
It is impossible to say whether Moitessier would have won if he had completed the race, as he would have been sailing in different weather conditions than Knox-Johnston. Moitessier's book of the experience, The Long Way , tells the story of his voyage as a spiritual journey as much as a sailing adventure and is still regarded as a classic of sailing and adventuring literature. It took Moitessier two years to finish the book about his trip in Tahiti, during which time he met Ileana Draghici with whom he had a son, Stephan.
They moved to the atoll of Ahe , where Moitessier attempted to cultivate fruit and vegetables. Ileana encouraged him to move to America to complete films about his sailing but he left after two years in his boat Joshua. Joshua dragged her anchor and was beached, along with 22 other yachts, by a freak onshore storm at Cabo San Lucas in early December, Today she is restored and berthed as part of a maritime museum in La Rochelle, France.
After further travels, Moitessier returned to Paris to write his autobiography. Moitessier was an environmental activist who protested against nuclear weapons in the South Pacific and against overdevelopment of the Papeete waterfront in Tahiti.
Moitessier died of prostate cancer on 16 June and is buried in an informal corner of the formal main cemetery in Bono , in Brittany , France.
Visitors to his grave leave thematic gifts such as slingshots , creating some elements of a shrine. My Dashboard Get Published. Sign in with your eLibrary Card close.The Story Having written the book like a diary you can hop on and off the story with ease.
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It is written so wonderfully diverting and entertaining, sometimes fantastic, barely believable. However, he decided that he and Joshua had had enough and, on 21 June , put in at Tahiti, from where he and his wife had set out for Alicante, Spain, a decade earlier. Although he abandoned the race, Moitessier still circumnavigated the world, crossing his path off South Africa, and then by sailing almost two-thirds of the way round a second time, all non-stop and mostly in the roaring forties , setting another record for the longest nonstop passage by a yacht, with a total of 37, nautical miles in 10 months.
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