Cape Horn: The Logical Route: 14,216 Miles without a Port of Call

Cape Horn: The Logical Route: 14,216 Miles without a Port of Call

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By (author) Bernard Moitessier, Translated by Inge Moore

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  • Publisher: Sheridan House
  • Format: Paperback | 251 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 20mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham
  • ISBN 10: 1574091549
  • ISBN 13: 9781574091540
  • Illustrations note: 27 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 198,169

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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 owe their survival to careful preparation, superior seamanship, and their sens of harmony with Joshua and the sea. Cape Horn is also the tale of how Joshua, Moitessier's dream boat, became a reality, and how he recovered from the disaster of losing his previous boat--which he himself had built--to pursue his great love: sailing the world's oceans.

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Bernard Moitessier was one of the world's great small-baot sailors. He wrote four other books, all classics of nautical literature. Sailing to the Reefs was Moitessier's first book. The Long Way covered the famous Golden Globe race that he abandoned to "save [his] soul." A Sea Vagabond's World is a practical book and Tamata and the Alliance, finished shortly before his death in 1994, is the magnificent autobiography of this uncommon man.

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A true classic by and about one of cruising's best known authors. Latitudes & Attitudes

Table of contents

Foreword Part I. Birds of Passage 1. My Paper Boat 2. Like a Well-trained Monkey 3. Like a Lost Dog 4. The Wheel Turns 5. Afloat at Last 6. Towards the Tropics 7. In the Open Sea 8. The Fickle Trades 9. Meeting Place of Ocean Birds 10. Atlantic 11. The Great Turning Point 12. Panama--Galapagos 13. A World which Fear has Spared 14. At the Gates to Polynesia 15. A Dream at a Price Part II. The Logical Route 1. Preparations 2. A Start...Like any Other 3. A Whole Gales 4. In the Heavy Seas of the High Latitudes or the Game of the Little Squares 5. Cape Horn to Port 6. On the Look-out for Icebergs 7. The Horse Latitudes 8. Trade Winds...from the West! Part III. Appendices Designer's Notes Author's Notes