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  • 'La longue route' is Bernard Moitessier's third book. It was first published by Les Editions Arthaud in 1971. Moitessier is a French navigator, adventurer, author and this book tells the narrative of his single handed voyage which took him almost twice around the world in 1968-1969, aboard Joshua, his trusted 39 foot, steel hull, ketch. This journey was started in the context of the 'Golden Globe', the very first non-stop single-handed circumnavigation race, but after rounding Cape Horn, on the "home stretch" up the Atlantic, to the finish in England, and clearly in a winning position, Moitessier decides to forego the likely prize of 5,000 Pound sterling and the associated limelight. Instead he continues across the Indian Ocean and part of the Pacific to finally make port in Tahiti.

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