The Long Way

By Bernard Moitessier, William Rodarmor

The good distance is Bernard Moitessier's personal brilliant tale of his participation within the first Golden Globe Race, a solo, continuous circumnavigation rounding the 3 nice Capes of fine desire, Leeuwin, and the Horn. For seven months, the veteran seafarer battled storms, doldrums, gear-failures, knock-downs, in addition to overwhelming fatigue and loneliness. Then, nearing the end, Moitessier pulled out of the race and sailed on for one more 3 months earlier than finishing his 37,455-mile trip in Tahiti. no longer as soon as had he touched land.

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