Moitessier: A Sailing Legend

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In 1968 during the Golden Globe, the first solo non-stop race around the world, Bernard Moitessier sent the following message with a slingshot onto the deck of a freighter, 'I am continuing ...' With this unbelievable decision to turn his back on glory and money, when he had victory in his grasp, and continue sailing to the Pacific Islands after seven months at sea, he became a guru for all small boat sailors. Jean-Michel Barrault was his friend for 36 years. He met him when Moitessier, having survived two ...
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Overview

In 1968 during the Golden Globe, the first solo non-stop race around the world, Bernard Moitessier sent the following message with a slingshot onto the deck of a freighter, 'I am continuing ...' With this unbelievable decision to turn his back on glory and money, when he had victory in his grasp, and continue sailing to the Pacific Islands after seven months at sea, he became a guru for all small boat sailors. Jean-Michel Barrault was his friend for 36 years. He met him when Moitessier, having survived two shipwrecks, went to Paris in search of work. He got him to start writing about his adventures, which Moitessier did beautifully. More adventures followed, a trip from Tahiti to Spain via Cape Horn as a honeymoon. After finishing 'The Long Way', his most famous book, Moitessier and Joshua, his 39-foot ketch spent many years in Polynesia where he built his own house, planted coconut trees and transformed his atoll into a speck of green in the middle of the South Pacific. He lived in the United States for a time, lost his boat in Cabo San Lucas during a hurricane, and spent his last years in France, where he wrote his memoirs. Shortly before his death, Tamata and the Alliance was published to great acclaim. Moitessier, the internationally known sailor, writer and ecologist, became a legend in his own time.
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Editorial Reviews

Sailing
Moitessier, a Sailing Legend is immensely readable and like any good story about the sea it is full of surprises and twists
The Ensign

A sailor, storyteller, lecturer and tormented soul, Moitessier reveals his life's voyage in this compelling book.
The Sea Chest
This affectionate portrait brings out all the talents and conflicts in its subject, a man of great enthusiasms, a man who cared passionately about people and the environment and who never succumbed to complacency or apathy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574092042
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
1 "I am continuing" 1
2 Childhood in Indochina 7
3 "Because I am happy at sea..." 17
4 Teachers and Guides 24
5 From MAITE to JOSHUA 35
6 Honeymooning around the world 48
7 Cape Horn 63
8 The great challenge 78
9 In harmony with the universe 91
10 What race? 98
11 Going home does not make sense 108
12 The masts in the water 117
13 Royalties for the Pope 122
14 The hippie years 133
15 Suvorov, the magic atoll 140
16 Utopia in Ahe 148
17 The fruit trees 160
18 The United States 168
19 The loss of Joshua 180
20 "Taking part in the creation of the world" 190
21 Return to Tahiti 200
22 The Alliance 207
The Boats of Bernard Moitessier 223
Chronology 231
Bibliography 233
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