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The Long Way

The Long Way [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Moitessier , William Rodarmor
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Moitessier is better known as one of the greatest ocean voyagers and was a legend in his time. Last month we reviewed the last book he wrote Tamata and the Alliance. This book is about his Round the World Race for singlehanded yachts. 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. His actions were never explained by the news media; they could not have been, for the voyage had always been seen by Moitessier as something other than a sponsored, publicized, competitive event. It was on the ocean, alone with his boat, that Moitessier began to regard this as a voyage that could not end for him with the reward of those whose values were not his. Sailing Inland & Offshore One of the world's most famous ocean sailors, Moitessier had sailed for more than a year from Plymouth, England to the Indian Ocean when he inexplicably abandoned the lead in the 1968-1969 Round-the-World single-handed race. He sailed to Tahiti, dropped anchor and dropped out. Until the publication of this book, only Moitessier and a few friends knew why. Most of the book is a diary of that voyage with philosophical side trips into modern civilization. There is also a 60-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. Altogether a strange, fascinating, and informative book. Boat U.S.

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3620 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0924486848
  • Publisher: Sheridan House; Reissue edition (26 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E7G4FGI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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I read The Long Way first in the 1970's when I fancied doing sailing as a life during a crazy fit of romanticised thinking about my own future.
Moitessier's account of his voyage and how he abandoned the race made the story rather as though it should have been called "Zen and the Art of lone sailing"!
He was a mystic and his roots in Vietnam and France all helped him to have a very metaphysical outlook on the art of sailing alone around the world battling the elements of nature and with himself. It's not the usual run-of-the-mill single-handed stuff. His writing style was so well-structured that he even wrote interestingly about being bored for days on end when becalmed in The Doldrums at the start of the race.
Then his account of how he went on to abandon the race and sail more miles than almost anyone else had ever done without touching land was superb. It showed how he was emulating Joshua Slocum the first ever long-distance solo yachtsman and he wrote about his respect for that person very touchingly. He named his boat Joshua in tribute.
One might imagine that once he'd left the cut and thrust of the race around the world that he'd run out of things to grip the reader with, but this was not so. He kept interest going with his communion with nature and his unique way of being part of the experience of all that was good, bad, terrifying or ecstatic in turns about sea voyages on your own.
The book The Long Way was nothing like other circumnavigations by all the famous people who were into that kind of thing at that time. But I read The Long Way several times and every time it seemed fresh in my mind. Like all good books, I found something new in it to think about on each reading.
I can recommend it. I lent mine to someone and they lost it. So I am going to buy another copy and read it again after a lapse of some 23 years. It's going to be as fresh as ever.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 8 April 2003
Having read many books on the sea; this captured some of them moments which most sailors can't begin to put in to words let alone fill a book with.
Fantasticaly written and descriptive to the point of feeling the real world slip away to a blue ocean with nothing but dolphins and the wind for company. Great....
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK ON SAILING 28 Jan 2010
Moitessier was the most mystical of sailors. This book tells of his solo round the world voyage in 1968 in the Sunday Times race. But what separates it is that it is written by a man with the heart of a poet. It is about his emotional and sensual experience of the high seas with beautiful desciptions of the sense and wonder of the voyage not its functional and nautical fact. He was a man in love with the cosmos and the process of living that the deep mystery and awful beauty of the sea alone could reveal to us. It is not the story of a man set aginst the oceans, struggling and endeavouring to overcome them, but a man who departs for them, merges with them and in so doing finds a profoundity he could never find on land.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you ever plan to go it alone, buy this book 27 Jun 2008
By Snufkin
The other reviews seem to be from armchair sailors, so I add mine as a solo yachtsman.

Moitessier is a mystic and very French in his philosophical description of his experiences... reading this on land one can't help but feel that he is rather self-obsessed, the small notes of interest that he finds in such repetitive and lonely struggles are rather pale in comparison to any work of fiction.

But having been out there alone, I find that he catches perfectly the changed state of mind, and the ground swell of emotions that build over days. This is the perfect book to help you understand the frustration of the calms, the fear/adrenalin rush of the storms, the warm glow of humanity that diffuses through the crackly short-wave broadcasts.

If you ever plan to go it alone, buy this book.
I would not leave port without it - I found nothing so calming when faced with a falling barometer as to read about his major storms and the gentle stoic way he endured.

A good holiday read? No. More a manual for understanding your self and your boat, that you will reread to relive your own memories or to prepare for their making.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The long way 23 Sep 2011
By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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On 22 August 1968, Bernard Moitessier, an experienced sailor regarded in his native France a national hero, set sail in his yacht "Joshua" from Plymouth on the first single handed non-stop round the world yacht race along with eight other sailors and the race was extraordinarily dramatic and tragic with only one person finishing and that was not Moitessier. However, far from his boat being wrecked or damaged he decided that sailing was so satisfying and uplifting that he did not want the voyage to end. After rounding Cape Horn and crossing his outward track in the south Atlantic he decided to opt out of the race and he sailed across the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean again to Tahiti to drop in on old friends.

Moitessier was a highly skilled sailor, perhaps the greatest of his generation and might well have won the race if he had continued to Plymouth but apparently the thought of returning to the "snakepit" as he called Europe with all the hullabaloo that awaited him was not all appealing so he decided to take this very unauthodox action.

Moitessier is a great writer and his description of his voyage and his feelings during the journey are vivid and fascinating. However, I was also looking for coherent reasons why he decided to drop out of the race but I felt rather disappointed that the book did not tell me this to the degree I hoped. My guess is that the competitive element of the voyage was not to his taste and he hated the thought of all the razamataz he would receive when he got home. After he rounded Cape Horn his writing becomes meandering and I gradually lost interest which is sad as I found the earlier part of his book so exciting and satisfying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very rich book
I think it assumes a bit of knowledge both general about sailing and the golden globe race and I imagine it wouldn't appeal to everyone. For me it's an absolute classic
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Best ever!
Published 2 months ago by R. Emberton
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read . .
. . . for anyone interested, whether practically or not, in what sailing alone around the world may be like. Timeless.
Published 4 months ago by Tim Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
What a great book, didn't want it to end. Next book tamata and the alliance, bernard is a cool dude and I think he tells his story wonderfully.
Published 7 months ago by king1708
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I really enjoyed the book. A lot of useful information. An interesting writing style which may have come from the translation.
Published 8 months ago by alley
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have.
Quality read, facts are given to you, maybe with his opinion but in such a way as you are able to question and ascertain whether the information is relevant to you, the appendix at... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Iggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool dude
A great story very well told one laid back & thoughtful sailor even if you are not interested in sailing it is still a great read
Published 12 months ago by Paul Warwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential nreading
Abook that forces you to question the values of your life. If everyone read this book the world would be a better place.
Published 13 months ago by R. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
What else is there left to say about Moitessier? This is the classic book about the mind of a lone sailor. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Vagabond
5.0 out of 5 stars A one-off
Moistessier entered the Sunday Times round the world yacht race and have rounded both capes, he thought the hell with the race, the money, the media attention etc, and decided... Read more
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