The Long Way

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Sheridan House, Inc., Jan 1, 1995 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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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 three great Capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn. For seven months, the veteran seafarer battled storms, doldrums, gear-failures, knock-downs, as well as overwhelming fatigue and loneliness. Then, nearing the finish, Moitessier pulled out of the race and sailed on for another three months before ending his 37,455-mile journey in Tahiti. Not once had he touched land.
 

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There is an old and, these days, rather politically incorrect joke about the first [insert nationality of your choice] man to win of the Tour de France, who was so pleased with himself he did a lap of ... Read full review

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This book is yet another sailing story and appeals on that basis. The last half of the book feels rushed as compared to the first half. The author never completely tells the full story, in my opinion ... Read full review

Contents

Full Sail
3
Clear Light
13
Sunday at Trinidad
18
Muchos Pocos Hacen Un Muncho
24
Played and Lost Played and Won
34
Part
43
Good Hope
45
A Sawtooth Wake
58
My Eldest Brother
109
Joshua against Joshua
118
One Night
128
One Day and a Night
135
Part Four
143
True Dreamsand False
145
Time to Choose
157
The Turning Point
163

The Days and the Nights
70
The Long Way
80
The Rule of the Game
87
Christmas and the Rat
93
The Time of the Very Beginnings
99
Part Three
107
Listen Joshua
171
Time to ChoosePart II
177
The Second Turning Point
182
Appendix
187
Glossary
248
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About the author (1995)

Bernard Moitessier was born in 1925 in Indochina and much of his sailing knowledge was gained during time spent at sea with the fishermen of the Gulf of Siam. One of the greatest ocean voyagers, he became a legend in his time. He was also a gifted writer and wrote four books describing his seagoing adventures. He moved to France where he spent the last years of his life working on his memoirs, Tamata and the Alliance (Sheridan House, 1995), the story of an unusual man and an exciting life. Bernard Moitessier died in the summer of 1994.

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