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Not long ago, I finished reading "Moitessier, A Sailing Legend." For my bday, my wife bought me Moitessier's "The Long Way."

Moitessier is an impressive writer and sailor-- if you haven't learned a bit about his experiences and achievements, it's worth the reading. He's a thinking man sailor, perhaps too much at times, but his life was pretty amazing.

Here's a quote from page 4 of "The Long Way" (translated by William Rodarmor):
People who do not know that a sailboat is a living creature will never understand anything about boats and the sea.
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http://www.sheridanhouse.com/moitessier.html

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Bernard Moitessier is my hero! A true sailor, in it like the majority of us strictly for the love of the sea and the freedom of a small boat on a big ocean.
He sailed around the world in the Golden Globe race and was winning but decided to just keep on going instead of collecting his prize. He did this for his own personal growth. And according to him perhaps to "save his soul"
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I understand Moitessier made some films about sailing. I can't seem to find out where to buy them. Anybody have information or knowledge of these films?

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Seems to be only available untranslated, through www.amazon.fr



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Here's a short, but enticing WM video promoting the DVD:

http://www.eaubleue.com/_video/pm_Moitessier.wmv

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I learned about Moitessier when reading Sir. Robin Knox Johnstons book from the golden globe race. I guess the idea of a guy who was going to win the first non stop solo round the world race but was going to keep going and forget about the race, sparked my interest. I really enjoyed The Long Way.

If that race interests you, there's another great book about Donald Crowhurst, I wont give the whole story away but he was apparently winning the race accoriding to radio transmissions, but then he disappeared. His trimaran was found floating in the atlantic without him...
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Voyage for Madmen

I learned about Moitessier when I read "A Voyage for Madmen"
by Peter Nichols about the Golden Globe race. It was an exciting read-- I think I took only two days to finish it.

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http://www.harpercollins.com/global_...sbn=0060957034


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"A Voyage for Madmen"

"A Voyage for Madmen"
is a great read, I also couldn't put it down, those guys did it without the support available today it took real guts and a true spirit of adventure.

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Here's a short, but enticing WM video promoting the DVD:

http://www.eaubleue.com/_video/pm_Moitessier.wmv
TrueBlue, thanks for posting this. It's pretty amazing to see Joshua flying along. My college French is rusty, but I hope I can see the video some day. My wife wants to order a copy if we can find one (she's a big fan of Moitessier).

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