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Cape Horn: The Logical Route: 14,216 Miles Without Port of Call
This is the story of Bernard and Francoise Moitessier's honeymoon voyage aboard Joshua, sailing from Europe to the islands of the Pacific and back by way of Cape Horn, the "logical route," because it was the fastest. Setting out from Tahiti, they make their way through the Roaring Forties, iceberg territory, and the relentless gale-force winds of the higher latitudes. They ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Sheridan House
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I discovered Moitessier some years ago when reading A Voyage For Madmen, and have since tracked down copies of all of his books. An amazing sailor, the book is part philosophical, part informative, and part adventure story. It begins after he lost his second boat on a reef in the South Pacific (discussed in his book To The Reefs), and he's penniless, boatless, stranded and without much hope for the future. From his idea to build a boat out of paper and cross the Pacific, to his plan and ultimate ...more
I'm re-reading this again. I was probably 10 the first time through. A wonderful story of the sea, Moitessier's passion is infectious - I blame him for my ambition to sail round the world. Of course it's a reflection of a lost era, and reflects attitudes and prejudices that wouldn't make it into print today. And full of practical wisdom too, which I'm sure was completely lost on me the first time through.