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by Bernard Moitessier

eBook The Long Way download ISBN: 0924486848
Author: Bernard Moitessier
Publisher: Sheridan House; Reissue edition (January 1, 1995)
Language: English
Pages: 256
ePub: 1872 kb
Fb2: 1807 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Sports
Subcategory: Water Sports

The Long Way is Bernard Moitessier's own incredible story of his .

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.

Bernard and Francoise Moitessier in Alicante, 1966.

Bernard Moitessier (April 10, 1925 – June 16, 1994) was a French sailor, most notable for his participation in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, the first non-stop, singlehanded, round the world yacht race.

Bernard Moitessier was in the lead and nearing the finish of the Golden .

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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.
Comments: (7)
With the 50 year anniversary of the race months away, a great read. I read along with A World of My Own: The first ever non-stop solo round the world voyage and The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst -- as a sailor myself, I can only say these stories haunt the hell out of me. Fantastic add to the sailor's bookshelf!
I have read a number of nautical tales written by or about sailors who went around the world either in races or just for the challenge or interests of it, beginning with they were you the original one by Captain Joshua Slocum – sailing around the world alone. The thing that sets Moitessier apart is that he was a sailor first with an almost mystic connection with the ocean and his craft whereas others, I exclude Slocum, were adventurers first and true sailors second. In his account he never seemed to have been pressured to hurry, rather he maintained a rational and relaxed Pace with an emphasis on not making mistakes. Hence he finished well above else and in joy himself so much apparently they decided not to pick up the prize which he had won, handily, electing instead to stay on the ocean for another 10 or 12,000 miles.

For anyone interested in sailing, there is a long section at the back of the book of advice and explanations of sailing lower, about equipment and every other important aspect that a knowledgeable sailor should understand.
It's occasionally difficult to remember that Moitessier's memoir of the first Golden Globe singlehanded sail circumnavigation back in 1968 even concerns a race. From the outset, Moitessier enraptures himself and enraptures the reader in a tale of man alone finding his own inner compass. Virtually all prose-poem, THE LONG WAY skitters off the edge of the mundane into a realm of sometimes numinous interior dialogue, but it holds the reader's attention throughout.

Moitessier entered the Round The World Race presumably to win, but he spends far more time communing with the seabirds and listening to the wave patterns on his boat, JOSHUA's hull than in dedicated yacht racing. In the end, Moitessier decided not to sail back to his starting point, but went on to Tahiti on the next step of his inner voyage.

THE LONG WAY is particularly interesting to read in juxtaposition with THE STRANGE LAST VOYAGE OF DONALD CROWHURST (Crowhurst went mad and simply stepped off his boat into the sea), and Robin Knox-Johnston's A WORLD OF MY OWN. Johnston prosaically suffered the miseries of a diet of canned bully beef, and a constant nervous but impeccably British Imperial xenophobic dread of how "The Frog" was doing. He wanted to be the winner, and was.

It's clear that Moitessier could have cared less what Knox-Johnston or the others were doing. JOSHUA is his private garden, and he invites us in to sample its mysteries. His Zen-like approach is more understandable when one realizes that he was French in parentage but raised in Indochina. A calm, accepting Buddhist tone glows throughout this book. If indeed Moitessier went mad (as some say he did) his madness was a doorway to spiritual peace, and not, like Crowhurst's, to sorrow and death.

Moitessier takes us THE LONG WAY toward beauty, value, and the validation of ourselves in what is, after all, a vast and playful universe.
As a sailor I really enjoyed the book. I won't speculate on how a non-sailor might take to it. It is a fun way to learn more about how this kind of adventure was approached during this period. Many things have changed, especially with respect to the environment. While he clearly has nothing but respect for his environment some of his actions are typical of the time and can't be judged by our views today. It is far more than a simple log of his journey. His accomplishments are made even more amazing by his apparent lack of concern for them being just that.
Rich Vulture
Bernard the mystic! I enjoyed this! you get a cursorial look at his sailing log...and a whole lot of his thought streaming. The little turd throws a heap of non biodegradable 'stuff' into the sea he loves so much..which I found hypocritical after his bemoaning of nature and the environment's decline at our hands - weird! But I love that he thrives alone...there is something in that for all those who struggle with solitariness...oh yeah..and he writes well enough to keep it flowing.
Some people come into contact with their subconscious mind and they rile against it, and we call them mad. Then other people have this encounter with the numinous and they surrender to the will of the world, to "the gods" as Moitessier called it. Moitessier is one of these later day mystics, who centuries ago would likely have become a monk or a poet, but in this barbarian age, he goes to sea. His earlier books are his best, and "The Long Way" is no disappointment. This book is as much about the internal struggles of Bernard Moitessir, as it is about his single handed sailing exploit around the world. Having circled the world, having passed the three great Southern capes, and while leading the first around the world sailing race Moitessier quits and heads for his friends in Tahiti. Moitessier had accomplished what he had set out to accomplish, and in the true anti-hero fashion of the day, he refused to become a bit player in some "Madison Avenue" nightmare featuring 15 minutes of fame that leaves one's life suffering of anti climax. He refused to allow the commercial world to steal this victory. "The Long Way" is a good read and I came away with a great respect for Bernard Moitessier. The translation from French to English by William Rodarmor is exceptional.
John Beasley