Bernard Moitessier (April 10, – June 16, ) was a sailor, most notable for his . 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 . 1 Jan The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. 1 Jan Buy The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier, William Rodarmor from Waterstones today! Click and Collect from your local Waterstones or get.

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He did not have modern navigational instruments, and bernad aware of his latitude via sextant observation but was estimating longitude and, as he tells it in “Sailing to the Reefs”, neglected a three-knot ocean current, leading to the grounding.

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About Bernard Moitessier Bernard Moitessier was born in in Indochina and much of his sailing knowledge was gained during time spent at sea with the fishermen of the Gulf of Siam. He couldn’t bring himself to sail back to England and become part of what had become a very commerical and famous venture.

And that is the hard part… not going to far. Joshua is behaving beautifully under so little canvas, with almost not yawning in spite of her speed.

Moitessier conveys his thr for the sea and sailing. Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. Arguably more interesting than Knox-Johnston, however, is Bernard Moitessier.

Good Hope: An Excerpt from The Long Way

This is obviously a fascinating race and the 50th anniversary and moitessler re-running of the race appears to be a promising and interesting event to look forward to. Good Hope Chapter 7: However, the Steinbeck references at the end of the book sealed the deal for me, a huge Steinbeck and East of Eden fan. Amazing Surfing Stories Alex Wade. He moved to France where he spent the last years of his life working on his memoirs, Tamata and the Alliance Sheridan House,the story of an unusual man and an exciting life.

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And when I go on deck at dawn, I sometimes shout my joy at being alive, watching the sky turning white moitessiier the long streaks of foam on this colossally powerful, beautiful sea, that tries to kill moitessie times. I don’t know why I wanted to read a book about a sailor traversing the globe, or why I liked the pages and pages and pages of sailing detail and terminology I didn’t understand, but I did.

Moitessier had a 39′ steel ketch, Joshua, named after Joshua Slocum who was the world’s first solo circumnavigator. There was a lot of talk about the “Monster,” which, as best as I can figure, is I wanted to like this, but ultimately it wasn’t for me. To barely understand what led him to do this, read this book. Tom ‘The Blowfish’ Hird. It is here, in the immense desert of the Southern Ocean, that I feel most strongly how much man is both atom and god.

The she heeled a little, seemed to brake, and was slammed down hard. There was also sometimes a little thought in the back of my mind that with this trip, he essentially leaves his wife and kids, for good.

Bernard Moitessier

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Common terms and phrases albatrosses astern barometer beautiful Bill King birds blowing boat boom bowsprit breaking seas cabin calm Cape Cape Agulhas Cape Leeuwin chart close cockpit coconut cruising dangerous dawn deck east everything eyes fatigue feel fish Galapagos gale Gulf of Siam halyard headsails heavy high latitudes horizon Horn hull icebergs Moiteessier Ocean island jerrycan Joshua knots Leeuwin light listen Loick look mainsail malamocks mast miles mizzen months moon nearly never nice Nigel night noon sight Pacific pitchpoled Plymouth porpoises port reef bands rigging rounding Good Hope rounding the Horn rumbling sail sextant shearwaters sheets shrouds sleep spreaders squalls stars stay staysail steel steering storm jib surfing swell Tahiti Tahiti-Alicante Tasmania things trimaran trip vane Vito Dumas wake warm watch waves weather westerly winch wind yacht.

Awahnee encountered the most terrible weather of her career in these waters, and she is a veteran of the Horn.

Wait a while longer, don’t rush things, don’t force things. At least Sir Francis Chichester knew nothing of it before he set out on his immensely well-publicized singlehanded one-stop circumnavigation from and to the UK via Sydney, Australia.


The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier. In a freak onshore storm Joshua dragged her anchor, was hit and gernard by another yacht ‘Frieling’ and then beached, along with 25 other yachts. Bernard Moitessier died in the summer of It is my sixty-third day at sea, with miles covered between noon sights, a quarter of the distance from Plymouth to Plymouth by the three capes.

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This book gave me a lot of courage to try out things on my own for it isn’t always easy to get others to subscribe to your dreams. Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises Mark Carwardine. He suffered through eight gales and four serious knockdowns on his way from Good Hope to Tahiti. I look a bit further north: The Blue Book of Sailing: During this time, he encountered numerous challenges including several gales and his boat being knocked down twice the main mast hitting the water due log a large wave hitting the boat broadsides.

How To Read a Nautical Chart: Perhaps at the time it was written Moitessier was the darling of the lojg community and could be allowed his indulgences – this is a bit of a classic now. This is an appropriate time to read or revisit Bernard Moitessier’s book, The Long Way, describing his own experience in that race.

Sailing Adventures in Paradise. And then the appendix has tons of This book was a mixed bag for me.

The Turning Point Chapter From time bernarr time I stood up on the seat to take a few deep breaths and get a better feel of the conditions. I turn off the stove, remove boots, harness and oilskins, wipe off my hands, face and neck, put on my slippers and roll myself a cigarette.