Sailing to the Reefs

Sailing to the Reefs

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Perhaps the title of this book, Bernard Moitessier's first, should have been "Sailing on the Reefs'--for that is exactly what he did, almost unbelievably, twice. After finding his beloved Marie-Therese, a beautiful junk in the Gulf of Siam, he set off across the Indian Ocean for Africa and eventually the Caribbean. Eighty days or so into the trip, Moitessier and Marie-Therese found themselves on the reef at Diego Garcia. It took Moitessier just nine months to build Marie-Therese II from scratch in Mauritius with no boat plans or power tools. From her launch he sailed her down to South Africa. His observations during a stay of almost two years are as interesting as the people he met and the innovative boat improvements he came up with. Unfortunately, he and Marie-Therese II managed to end up on the rocks near St. Vincent in the Caribbean. In between these two heartbreaking disasters is a tale of courage, resourcefulness, and creativity. It is told with refreshing honesty, in which Moitessier, still really an apprentice sailor, admits his blunders. And it is told with marvelous humor.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 124.46 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • Sheridan House Australia Pty Ltd
  • Victoria, Australia
  • English
  • 11 black & white illustrations
  • 1574091204
  • 9781574091205
  • 161,822

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...a tale of courage, resourcefulness, creativity. It is told with refreshing honesty. Sailing His observations... are as interesting as the people he meets and the innovative boat improvements he comes up with. Sailing

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Table of contents

1. In the Indian Ocean 2. Mauritius: the friendly island 3. Mauritius to Durban 4. A Year in Durban 5. Durban to Cape Town 6. Nine Months to Cape Town 7. Cape Town to St. Helena 8. On St. Helena 9. St. Helena to Ascension Island 10. Ascension ISland: a lunar port of call 11. Ascension to Fernando-Norona 12. Fernando-Norona 13. Passage to the West Indies 14. Trinidad to Martinique 15. In the Caribbean 16. The Dream Boat Author's postscript to this edition Postscript on Heavy Weather Sailing Postscript on Self-Steering Devices Index

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About Bernard Moitessier

Bernard Moitessier was one of the greatest ocean voyagers. He became a legend in his own time. A gifted writer, he wrote four books describing his seagoing adventures. The Long Way became a bestseller worldwide.

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