A fantastic read that gives you such a desire to hop on a boat and attempt to sail around the world and just get lost in it. After putting the book down I had to remind myself that I just wasn't that kind of person but I truly did get swept away by the book and the stories or his adventures.
The Long Way recounts the incredible story of Bernard Moitessier's 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, and knock-downs, as well as overwhelming fatigue and loneliness. Then, nearing the finish with victory in hand, Moitessier suddenly pulled out of the race and sailed on. His 37,455-mile journey continued for another three months, finally ending in Tahiti. Never once in all that time had he touched land. ~Sheridan House Publishers
Quotes from Bernard Moitessier:
"You do not ask a tame seagull why it needs to disappear from time to time toward the open sea. It goes, that's all."
"I am a citizen of the most beautiful nation on earth. A nation whose laws are harsh yet simple, a nation that never cheats, which is immense and without borders, where life is lived in the present. In this limitless nation, this nation of wind, light, and peace, there is no other ruler besides the sea."
April 10, 1925 Hanoi, Vietnam – June16 1994 near Paris, France
Also by Bernard Moitessier:
~Sailing to the Reefs~Cape Horn: The Logical Route
~Tamata and the Alliance
~A Sea Vagabond's World