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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I was just fascinated to learn more about someone who sails alone around the world, without touching land and when almost home decides “Nah. If you go round the world twice alone, you might expect this I suppose Looking forward to reading more of his stuff in the future.

The Long Way

This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in French. What is present is the sea, the boat, Moitessier, and his thoughts and memories. The Long Way Chapter Perfect book for me. His book is therefore a contemporary document of forgotten times as well. This is the story of a man divided, who finds self, bdrnard peace, and calm at sea, in a world that values none of those things.

If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. This is when things get a bit weird. Alone in that empty, mystical plain of ungovernable, unfathomable wild, one man would step off his boat’s deck sinking forever into the oblivion.

Table of contents Part One Chapter 1: Time to Choose Chapter If not, avoid it like so many shoals for a deep-keeled boat.

The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier

Bernard Moitessier died in the summer of Having oong the book like a diary you can hop on and off the story with ease. There is also a page appendix that can stand alone as a small reference volume of details such as route planning, sail repair, the problems of sail and line chafe, rigging and hull construction, self-steering, freak waves and weather, plus much more.


A french hippie poet vagabond. Muchos Pocos Hacen Un Muncho. Good Hope Chapter 7: Visitors to his grave leave bernrad gifts such as slingshotscreating some elements of a shrine. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. I guess that all makes it lojg interesting book. What I really like about the book.

Books by Bernard Bernarc. Clear Light Chapter 3: Moitessier chooses instead to approach the subject in blunt terms. Return to Book Page.

He sailed to Tahiti, dropped anchor and dropped out.

You must provide copyright attribution in the edit summary by providing an interlanguage link to the source of your translation. He sailed to Tahiti, dropped anchor and dropped out. 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 Indian 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 mkitessier warm watch waves weather moitessierr winch wind yacht.


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

An Encomium to the Seas: Bernard Moitessier´s “The Long Way”

Paperbackpages. It simply blows your moitessied because it is full of depression. He can always keep calm. Skickas inom vardagar. To follow his sometimes mazy chain of thought is hard work and requires a vivid brain.

There was a lot of talk about the “Monster,” which, as best as I can figure, is the personification of humanity’s avarice.

In December Moitessier was offered a yacht charter by film actor Klaus Kinski as Kinski was to star in a sailing film and wanted some experience. His precise eye for the small wonders he is able to observe for hours to feel out their secrets.

This part is a necessary read for any would-be sailor or tho Lost at sea. They belong on the open sea, not on shore.

What I do not like so much about the book? He left Indochina at the beginning of the Vietnam War as moitessler crew member of sailing trade junks. He was a French national born and raised in Vietnamthen part of French Indochina.

For seven months, the veteran seafarer battled storms, doldrums, gear-failures, knock-downs, as well as overwhelming fatigue and loneliness. So Moitessier proposed sailing Joshua home not via the Indian Ocean and Suez Canalas originally planned, but eastward, via the quickest route, including a passage about the much feared Cape Horn. I had to put all I had into the hull alone, without thinking about the rest.