The Long Way Themes

Bernard Moitessier
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Man Against the Sea

Throughout the whole story of Bernard's trip around the world and to Tahiti, he is struggling with the sea. Often the sea is Bernard's friend, but it can turn into his deadly opponent. This is most apparent when there are severe gales and Joshua surfs too much on cross seas. Several times Joshua's mast is knocked down towards the sea, and its keel is 30 to 40 degrees out of the water. The biggest danger is if Joshua pitch-pools, which means it turns over upside down from the bow to the stern. Even if this happens, a boat with a weighted keel will right itself after a few seconds. Of course, in such an event the boat is damaged and the lone sailor is in danger of breaking his neck. Two of the other boats making the solo trip around the world pitch-pool in the South Atlantic...

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