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  • This is the second book published by Bernard Moitessier. It tells the true story of the honeymoon-voyage-turned-world-record which Moitessier and his wife, Françoise de Cazalet, undertook between 1963 and 1966 aboard their new, steel hulled, ketch named Joshua, after Joshua Slocum the first navigator to circumnavigate the globe, single handedly. The title highlights the return leg of this adventure: from Tahiti (French Polynesia) to Alicante (Spain), by way of "the Horn", non-stop, in 126 days at sea, 14216 nautical miles traveled, which was then a record for the longest non-stop sailing travel. The book, however, covers the complete voyage, from Marseilles (France) to Tahiti by way of the Panama canal, at a leisurely pace, and with many stops on the way to meet family and friends. The return by way of the fearful Cape Horn was an afterthought of sorts; after gaining confidence in the then new yacht, Moitessier had to convince Françoise of the validity of this choice. They eventually called this "the logical route", added a few safety features to the yacht, loaded it with much lemon, equipped it with an emergency radio and off they were! They reached Alicante on March 29 1966. The book was published initially in 1967 by Arthaud ed., on the occasion of the Paris Nautical Fair.

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