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Old 25-08-2010, 18:35   #136
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Read "A world of my own" By Robin Knox Johnston. He was the 1st man to circumnavigate non stop alone. About 1967. Try to find the first edition.
Yes, but Moitessier did 1.5 circumnavigations at the same time ... and did it with panache.
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Old 25-08-2010, 20:11   #137
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Yes, but Moitessier did 1.5 circumnavigations at the same time ... and did it with panache.
Damng French poets!
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Old 26-08-2010, 00:35   #138
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Robin Knox Johnston inspired me to desgn and build a 50' 23 ton, fast cutter yawl in 30 months alone with my lady friend in Santa Barbara in 30 months. We launched 8/23/77when I was 43 years old. I did not know how to sail with only about a months experience. I became acquainted with Motessier down in Cabo around 1979 or so. a few days after he lost his boat in a sudden squall that destroyed several boats on the beach. Bernard just like that gave his damaged steel boat to a young sailor on the beach. I met Mr. Moitessier a while later in Sausalito while he was teaching navigation from another boat he had. I subsequently sailed to beautiful coastal Alabama in 1983. See "sail the Daedalus" on Google or my website www.biophilia.net I expect to be a great-great grandfather within a couple of years and then my final sail will be from Gulf Shores Alabama to Isla Merjeres, eat a couple lobsters, down some tequilla and head home In my preaent beautiful Rob Roy 23. Which I modified for ocean sailing. I did marry my wonderful lady friend, that was 38 years ago. 38 years of pure pleasure.
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Old 26-08-2010, 01:36   #139
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To labor the details, because it is in the details. Robin Knox Johnston was ahead all the way and was first, Benard Motessier a really great fellow was a bit digruntled and sailed on to French territory in the south Pacific for a couple of those libations you can get nowhere else. Of course he tossed off those little umbrellas.
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To labor the details, because it is in the details. Robin Knox Johnston was ahead all the way and was first, Benard Motessier a really great fellow was a bit digruntled and sailed on to French territory in the south Pacific for a couple of those libations you can get nowhere else. Of course he tossed off those little umbrellas.
Damn.... and there's me convinced for 43 years that Motessier was a couple of weeks ahead and sailed on because he could not handle the clamour waiting in France.. prefering the solitude of the Ocean and only stopping when lack of food and water forced him to... allowing Knox Johnson to take the post first.
Unless he was doing a Crowhurst and falsifying his logs
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Boatman61, Hi,You are correct about the first singlehanded non stop occuring 43 years ago. However it would be inconceivable that a Frechman would actually drop out and permit an Englishman to defeat him. He would be a national disgrace not to mention throwing away the 25,000 English Pound reward. On April 12, 1969 Robin was at 44deg. N. when he heard from a French ship that he was thought to be 'Le Premier'. On the 13th, he heard on BBC that Moitessier had rounded the cape and was in the Indian Ocean. The race was over on April 22, 1969.
Enclosed is a photo I took of the salvaged Joshua maybe it was 1979 off Cabo San Lucas, the day he just gave it away to some young sailor.
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Motessier - good prose; maybe great fiction. But beware who you idolize.
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Motessier - good prose; maybe great fiction. But beware who you idolize.
The Boatman has no Idols..... learnt the folly of that at a very early age
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More like the other way, mate. Landlocked sailors go batty.
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Motessier - good prose; maybe great fiction. But beware who you idolize.
Moitessier

What was was wrong with this one?

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SaltMonkey. I also don't know what to make of that post? I thought Moitessier was somewhat of a legend are you saying he was a lier?
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To labor the details, because it is in the details. Robin Knox Johnston was ahead all the way and was first, Benard Motessier a really great fellow was a bit digruntled and sailed on to French territory in the south Pacific for a couple of those libations you can get nowhere else. Of course he tossed off those little umbrellas.
Since this statement, if by any chance true, would be compltely changing a quite interesting part of our sailing history.... AND states that BOTH Knox-Johnston AND Moitessier has been lying about the event not only in their respective books but also in several speeches etcetera, etcetera............ .....

I for one would expect at least some little 'blue smoke' of evidence before posting something so ''sensational'' ( or else, complete baloney ) on a public internet forum.

Proof - and mighty fast please!

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