Sailing to the Reefs

Sailing to the Reefs

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Sailing to the Reefs

Sailing to the Reefs

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Product No:
Bernard Moitessier
Sheridan House
Edition Date:
June 2001
138 x 210 x 22 mm
400 g
Sales Rank:
17173 (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

It takes a certain aplomb to land on an island and report to the Immigration Authority with six lizards trying to escape from the pocket of your trousers. And it takes a certain cocky impudence to enter a non-stop single-handed round-the-world race only to abandon it just short of the finish line. But it takes sheer brilliance to write one of the most spirited and witty accounts of nautical life ever produced. Clearly, Bernard Moitessier was no ordinary man.

In Sailing to the Reefs, he describes his shipwreck on the Chagos atoll in the Indian Ocean, the construction of Marie Therese II, and his leisurely voyage via South Africa, St. Helena, Ascension, and Fernando-Norona to the West Indies, where disaster lay waiting. His accounts of spells spent in port to earn his keep and mingle with his fellow gypsies sharply conveys the flavour of life as a sea-tramp, and the book as a whole offers a treasury of practical hints for the self-reliant sailor.

With postscripts by K. Adlard Coles on heavy weather sailing and Michael Richey on self-steering devices.

'A very entertaining read...'
- Latitudes & Attitudes

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