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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier. 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,mile journey in Tahiti. Not once had he touched land. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 1st by Sheridan House first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Mark This was originally written in French. See 2 questions about The Long Way…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Long Way. Jan 09, Artnoose McMoose rated it really liked it Recommends it for: sailors and non-sailors alike. Recommended to Artnoose by: Moxie Marlinspike. If you haven't yet read the book A Voyage For Madmen about the Sunday Time Golden Globe circumnavigational race, you should read that first and then read this, an account by one of the participants.
Bernard Moitessier was not just a participant in this incredible event, he was the lone participant who once he completed one single-handed loop around the three capes, decided to give Western Civilization the finger and keep on sailing, giving up all prizes and monies associated with officially winn If you haven't yet read the book A Voyage For Madmen about the Sunday Time Golden Globe circumnavigational race, you should read that first and then read this, an account by one of the participants.
Bernard Moitessier was not just a participant in this incredible event, he was the lone participant who once he completed one single-handed loop around the three capes, decided to give Western Civilization the finger and keep on sailing, giving up all prizes and monies associated with officially winning the race but securing a book deal, of course.
There are of course numerous technical passages about sailing, which are a bit overwhelming for the non-sailor. 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.
Oh, and the descriptions of jettisoning unnecessary goods to lighten the weight of the boat was sometimes a little weird to read jerrycans of chemicals, etc. In general though, it was a moving narration of a man's extended trip through a natural environment. I enjoyed all the interactions with animals, and of course the sea.
Wait a while longer, don't rush things, don't force things. Wait until the waves of friendship, made of invisible vibrations, reach their full maturity. You can spoil everything, trying to go faster than nature. Jun 12, Wm Pope rated it it was amazing Shelves: sailing , life , favorites. Funny that I had not read this book previously.
My brother asked me to read something at his wedding that was nautical and talked about life, this was his first thought for inspiration. Moitessier conveys his love for the sea and sailing. Central to the book is what it means to be a creature living on this planet. This is the story of a solitary voyage, racing around the planet in a small boat.
The other competitors are nearly absent. What is present is the sea, the boat, Moitessier, and his thou Funny that I had not read this book previously. What is present is the sea, the boat, Moitessier, and his thoughts and memories. The author talks to us about the experience of being alone out on the water and how it causes him to reflect on his relationships with other people and with society.
He claims space for the "vagabond" who lives outside of the "monster" that society has become. Perfect book for me. I'm shopping for boats ; Aug 02, John Humber rated it liked it Shelves: sailing , auto-biography. I came to this book after reading A Voyage for Madmen. I was just fascinated to learn more about someone who sails alone around the world, without touching land and when almost home decides "Nah.
Let's just keep sailing". The book doesn't disappoint but here is a man so obsessed he must have been impossible to live with. I have seen film of an interview with his wife and she says I'm paraphrasing here "That's Bernard.
It's just the way he is and you have to accept that". Strikes me that she is I came to this book after reading A Voyage for Madmen. Strikes me that she is just as remarkable a woman as he is a man. Aug 26, Dan rated it it was ok. I wanted to like this, but ultimately it wasn't for me.
The first half was a pretty standard sea tale consisting of weather updates, sea conditions, etc—your basic log entry stuff—peppered in over a lot of talk about the freedom of the sea and the sort of vague spirituality that engenders.
Not bad. There were a few choice quotes and moments of rumination. But the second half really went off the hippy-dippy deep end. 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.
There was a lot of talk about the "Monster," which, as best as I can figure, is the personification of humanity's avarice. There's a fine line between working with technology—say embracing a boat designed to harness the wind for the express purpose of allowing a yachtsman to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly—and decrying technology's ability to divorce mankind from nature.
Moitessier chooses instead to approach the subject in blunt terms. At one point he goes on this long rant—at least I think he was talking about himself; I wasn't paying too much attention by then—about how he's going to donate all the proceeds from the book to the Pope, so the Pope can use it to safeguard the Earth from this "Monster. If you're looking for warmed over hippie philosophy with a salty flavor, this is for you.
If not, avoid it like so many shoals for a deep-keeled boat. If you liked this, make sure to follow me on Goodreads for more reviews! View 1 comment. Dec 31, Kitson rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. In the London Sunday Times sponsored a circumnavigating the globe single handed sailing race. At that time, no one had sailed around the world alone without stopping. With the media attention there was even more of the romanticism always intwined in The Sea.
The race, however, would come to expose all the real and terrible tragedy of "nature". Alone in that empty, mystical plain of ungovernable, unfathomable wild, one man would step off his boat's deck sinking forever into the oblivion. Moi In the London Sunday Times sponsored a circumnavigating the globe single handed sailing race. Moitessier, leading at the time, elected to turn his boat around and just keep going. Winning was really and truly not the point. The second half of the twentieth century had no shortage of false mystics touting philosophies and lifestyles they knew nothing about.
Moitessier was real and knew what the fuck he was talking about. Mar 10, Cliff Moyce rated it it was amazing. So much more than a book about participating in a famous sailing race.
The Long Way
Erdmann has great admiration for Moitessier who, having their boats next to each other in Alicante, teached him in astronavigation and was even back then a respected seafarer. For what reason? Well, I should learn more of Moitessier some books later when I read the unbelievable amazing story of Donald Crowhurst and his Teignmouth Electron in the Golden Globe Race you may browse to the full book review here. Moitessier is seen as the great yachtsman-philosopher of his time and, despite the fact that he refrained from winning the race and went on for another half circumnavigation giving up his lead.
An Encomium to the Seas: Bernard Moitessier´s “The Long Way”
Bernard Moitessier April 10, — June 16, was a French sailor , most notable for his participation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race , the first non-stop, singlehanded, round the world yacht race. With the fastest circumnavigation time towards the end of the race, Moitessier was the likely winner for the fastest voyage,  but he elected to continue on to Tahiti and not return to the start line in England , rejecting the idea of the commercialization of long distance sailing. He was a French national born and raised in Vietnam , then part of French Indochina. Moitessier grew up next to the sea in Indochina , at the time a French colony which included Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
BERNARD MOITESSIER: Sailing Mysticism and The Long Way
And in Buddhism, of course, though it is not really theistic, we have a belief system based on the enlightenment of a man who isolated himself beneath a tree. But curiously, though humans as we have discussed before have long wandered across the watery part of our world, an inherently isolating experience, from the very beginning of our existence, we have in our history no real prophet of the sea. Moitessier did not originally go to sea seeking enlightenment. Snark prior to leaving Saigon in