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For those who want to get away, far away:


(Best with sound!)

And also for fans of The Man, Bernard Moitessier!
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That footage is from the Golden Globe which he likely would have won ahead of Robin Knox Johnson but He decided to keep sailing around the world rather than finish the race. The guy was married with kids but would rather be alone at sea. The hardest part of the race was the solitude. This guy thrived on solitude.

You should read "A Voyage for Madmen" if you want to know more about him and the race.

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Awesome, beautiful, serene, scary, frightening,

...but perfect

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You have a boat, you're learning, you're out there. I predict that your range will increase, your skills will grow. I wouldn't be surprised to read about you purchasing a larger, faster boat a few years down the road.

You're not dreaming, you're "doing".
Unlike some people around here...

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There is also the film "Deep Water" (streamable on Netflix) that is based on the Golden Globe race. It doesn't cover too much of Moitessier, but has some similar footage.

The book and film are both highly recommended.

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For those who want to get away, far away:
Awesome... when you are out there, you so clearly sense that the ocean is alive... everything is alive - the sea, the rocks, the wind, all of it. Our planet is alive and we are all connected...

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
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Ho my god powerful stuff.

Long passages are my dream, but I need to free myself of the society mold that I got trapped into first.
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I first met Bernard while I was calking my 65' gaff ketch Seafarer in Papiete, Tahiti. She had spit out calking from about 20' of a couple of the seams amidships on both sides in a gale (which we later found out with the advent of satellite weather, were actually hurricanes coming off central America) between Hawaii and Tahiti. When the weather calmed I went over the side and covered the seams with lead strips loaded w/ underwater seam compound and tacked on with copper tacks. It did the trick and we reduced the leaking from constant pumping to less than an hour a day.
Anyway, there I was caulking Seafarer in slow motion, very slow motion, because I had Dengue Fever, also known as "break bone fever" for a very good reason. Bernard walked up and without a word, picked up a hammer and iron and jumped right in. We caulked together for several days and he forgave me my slow caulking style after hearing of my infirmity.
It was a friendship that was to last nearly the length of the Pacific, when we parted ways in Opua, NZ many months later, Joshua headed I don't remember where and Seafarer off to Fiji.
He never lectured nor did he advise, imparting stories and information hesitantly, unless asked about something specific. In that all so French way, he implied superiority in all things, especially cooking. I remember when we were collecting mussels from the wharf in Opua for a shared dinner, after our women had flown away to visit family and friends, his uncertainty that I, a lowly American, could cook the rice for our feast. "But I use the coquette minute", a French pressure cooker, I replied. He begrudgingly allowed me to do the rice and even ate it! But his mussels were superior (dressed in garlic and herbs) as was his seamanship and sailing knowledge, a true fountain of information and wonderful stories, when he wanted to share. He was generous with his time and always willing to lend a hand to others.
We parted ways in NZ, never to see each other again. There was no internet in those days and no form of communication for a couple of vagabonds who sailed by whim and not plan.
I heard he lost Joshua in a storm in Mexico, which must have broken his heart, and was giving talks to yacht clubs around the US, which must have been difficult for such a singular man.
This was a man who chose a lifestyle of modest means and on his own terms, rather than fame and fortune as the winner of the single handed 'round the world race. A man to be admired and respected by those who also choose to go their own way. A good friend.
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A man to be admired and respected by those who also choose to go their own way.
I wonder if the deserted women & children he left in his wake would agree?
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I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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I wonder if the deserted women & children he left in his wake would agree?
Let's not judge other people situation. We have no idea what he had to live with ... no idea. It was to him to take that decision, no one else.
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