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Bernard Moitessier was ahead and a clear favorite to win the first race to sail around the world solo and non-stop. After seven perilous months he crossed over his outbound track, completing a circumnavigation and needed only to continue to his departure point, Plymouth, England, to claim fame and fortune. After careful consideration he decided the notion of winning a race, of returning to the empty craziness in the city and everything it represented, would not in fact, be much of a reward.

He wrote “…leaving from Plymouth and returning to Plymouth now seems like leaving from nowhere to go nowhere.” (written after rounding the Horn)

Instead, Moitessier continued sailing, extending his voyage an additional two-thirds of the way around the world. By the time he finally docked he’d been alone at sea for ten months and had traveled 37,455 miles; through vicious storms, occasions where survival was uncertain and he’d suffered many dark periods of doubt.

Moitessier settled in Tahiti with a woman he met there and with whom he had a child. He spent the next two years writing a book, The Long Way (considered a classic).

mmm…

Dream baby dream
Of all that’s come and going
And you will find out
In the end
There really is
There really is no difference

New Sensation
Farriss / Hutchence
INXS
From the album Kick

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Written by glh

June 5, 2011 at 00:00

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