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Sailing To The Reefs

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In this, his first book, never before published in the U.S., the famous French sailor, Moitessier, describes his shipwreck on the Chagos atoll in the Indian Oceans, his building of Marie-Therese II, and his leisurely voyage to the West Indies, where he met disaster.
Published (first published January 1st 1971)
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Sarah
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sea
4 stars are a bit generous but it was the right book at the right time and I may never read any more of his books. I've learned a lot about sailing techniques that I'll never need but a privilege to spend time with such a unique man. The most fascinating of the round the world golden globe mad men, this book earned him the money to make the boat he sailed in and a window on how he became the man to do it.
Jalil
May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leave it all behind. Really, it's not as hard or scary as it seems. Moitessier's tale of striking out on his own and meeting the challenges that presented themselves is inspiring and moving. Once you've read this, you can't go back. You will think about it forever.

His first published book, it's not very well written. But what it lacks in literary style and skill it more than makes up for in content. Start with this one, because here he's young and open to the world. Although his later books are
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Robtee
Oct 25, 2009 added it
how to handle heavy weather, navigation calculations, women and cockroaches onboard
Magrathea
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo grande fratello blu

Parliamo degli anni '50, di una navigazione in solitario senza le diavolerie tecnologiche di oggi, della semplicità dei piccoli trucchi nelle attrezzature come nella vita quotidiana, di un uomo libero. Bernard Moitessier, dopo aver infranto la sua "Marie-Thérèse" in una prima parte della sua navigazione nei mari del sud, si ferma alle isole Chagos dove, guadagnandosi da vivere in lavori casuali, riesce a mettere da parte lentamente un gruzzolo per costruire la seconda
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Doug
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice to finally read where the story began. The book started out a little slow and then as the journey continued, Bernard got more passionate and philosophical which is when he is at his best as a writer. Enjoyed it a lot. Great book!
Mara
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vela, francofona
Un bellissimo libro di mare : il racconto dei piccoli e grandi viaggi compiuti da Moitessier nei Mari del Sud con le sue prime barche. Vi si racconta la scoperta della vocazione di questo unico navigatore e scrittore, che e’ riuscito a conciliare due personalita’ apparentemente diversissime: quella occidentale ricevuta in eredità dai suoi genitori francesi e quella orientale formatasi durante la giovinezza trascorsa in Vietnam.
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Apr 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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