Most sailors probably would also agree that the book Moitessier wrote about his experience, The Long Way (La longue route in the original. 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 . The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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It’s a classic sailing book, and for good reason. Having to write this amazes me, because animals are of no personal interest of myself. Last month we reviewed the last book he wrote Tamata and the Alliance. Even if you’ve never been on a boat or seen the moitexsier this will make you want to set sail for the horizon. Moitessier really rests in himself.

Not once had he touched land. It provided some great insights into life at sea as well as details about the last part of the trip, which Moitessier sort of glosses over in the actual text of the book. If you choose to follow the race as it unfolds indo read this book to get some context — it will make your journey all the moittessier richer.

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. He was a French national born and raised in Vietnamthen part of French Indochina. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.


He presents his decision as “how could I not” and “I know I have to keep going” but without any compelling internal or external reason I really enjoyed the early parts of this book and the appendix which focus on his trip famous trip a time and a half around the world.

If not, what language, please? Although he abandoned the race, Moitessier still circumnavigated the globe, crossing around the Cape of Good HopeSouth Africaand then sailing almost two-thirds of the way around a second time, all non-stop and mostly in the roaring fortiessetting another record for the longest nonstop passage by a yacht, with a total of 37, nautical miles in 10 months.

The world could use a few more barefoot, hippie, vagabond French poets like Moitessier.

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Bernard Moitessier died in the summer of We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Anyway it I read the French version.

The last dozen or so pages are extraordinarily melancholic stuff, very hard to read. Strikes me that she is I came to this book after reading A Voyage for Madmen. Account Options Sign in.

A Saw-tooth Wake Chapter 8: He does not describe every single day. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive? Aug 02, John Humber rated it liked it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. However, the Steinbeck references at the end of the book sealed the deal for me, a huge Steinbeck and East of Eden fan. Good Hope Chapter 7: With the fastest circumnavigation time towards the end of the race, Moitessier was the likely winner for the fastest voyage, [1] but he elected to continue on to Tahiti and not return to the start line in Englandrejecting the idea of the commercialization of long distance sailing.


May 12, Stephen Ryder rated it it was amazing.

Full Sail Chapter 2: For about 8 months, he has had virtually no contact with humans except for handing off a couple of messages to passing fishermen.

Part autobiography, part philosophical reflection, part sailing manual, part the story of an incredible voyage.

The Long Way

I was just fascinated to learn more about someone who sails alone around the world, without touching land and when almost home decides “Nah. The last part of the narrative was pretty disjointed and trippy, talking to birds, moitessirr his royalties to the Pope, raging against “The Monster”.

Moitessier can tell a story. The book has lots of technical weather, navigating, and sailing terms. An Encomium to the Seas: Moitesdier of the greatest ocean voyagers, he became a legend in his time.