Bernard Moitessier

Bernard Moitessier was a renowned French yachtsman and author. He is best known for his participation in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, the first round-the-world yacht race. Moitessier became famous for deciding to continue sailing on his boat, Joshua, past the finish line and circumnavigate the globe again, rather than returning to win the race. His books, such as 'The Long Way' and 'Cape Horn: The Logical Route', detail his sailing experiences and philosophy, and have inspired generations of sailors and adventurers.


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  1. 1. The Long Way

    The book is a captivating narrative of a sailor's solo circumnavigation of the globe during a historic yacht race. Rejecting the trappings of fame and competition, the sailor chooses to continue sailing beyond the finish line, embracing the sea's vastness and his deep connection with nature. His journey becomes not just a test of physical endurance but a spiritual quest, as he reflects on life, the modern world, and the harmony found in simplicity. Through storms, wildlife encounters, and the solitude of the open ocean, the sailor's tale is a profound meditation on the human spirit and our relationship to the Earth.

    The 4916th Greatest Book of All Time