This fascinating memoir spans the time from Moitessier's magical childhood in Vietnam to months before his death, is a beautifully written saga of physical adventure and spiritual growth.
Born in the French Indochina in 1925, Bernard Moitessier grew up astride two cultures--French and Vietnamese--in a turbulent era that moved dramatically from peace to war. Imprisoned during the Japanese occupation, he was later drafted to fight the Viet Minh in a French war that foreshadowed America's own Vietnam involvement two decades later.
Tamata tells how the 25-year-old Moitessier left Vietnam to answer the call of the sea. He led the life of a sea-gypsy, wandering the Indian Ocean, the South Atlantic, and the Caribbean, learning the ways of boats and the sea and surviving two catastrophic shipwrecks. His greatest sailing adventures followed, the Tahiti-Alicante passage and his ten month round-the-world solo voyage in 1969 when he withdrew from the Golden Globe Race and sailed on to Tahiti.
Moitessier then spent three years on a remote atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Called "Tamata" ("try it!") by his Tuamotu friends, he built a Polynesian-style house, planted coconut trees, and gradually transformed the sun-blasted coral into a speck of green in the middle of the South Pacific.
After living in the United States, he spent the last years of his life in France. He is buried in a small fishing village in Brittany.
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Bernard Moitessier was one of the greatest ocean voyagers. He became a legend in his own time. Born in 1925 in Indochina, he gained much of his sailing knowledge from the fishermen of the Gulf of Siam. A gifted writer, he wrote four books describing his seagoing adventures, including the epic adventure The Long Way.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Descripción Sheridan House, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1995. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First American Edition, First Thus. BRAND NEW COPY w/trace creasing to front inner flap of dustjacket. First published in France under title of "Tamata et l'alliance". A meditative memoir, 8 years in the writting and published posthumously, of renowned Vietnam-born French yachtsman and writer Bernard Moitessier (1925 - 1994). known for daring sailing exploits, often solo. First sailing on junks in the Gulf of Siam, and later wandering the Indian Ocean, the South Atlantic, and the Caribbean. In 1969. Moitessier, after a solo ten months at sea, did quit the Golden Globe Race for Tahiti, turning his back on prize money; explained in the book, The Long Way. Nº de ref. de la librería 011771
Descripción Sheridan House Dobbs Ferry, 2005. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. New Reprint. HC. 6 x 9. ISBN:0-924486-77-5. A memorable story of this legendary sea gypsy and his exciting and unusual life, much of it spent at sea. Spans the time from the author's extraordinary childhood in pre -WW II Indochina to the months before his death in 1994 including details of his famous abandonment of the first Golden Globe Race and his commitment to the "alliance" between man and nature. 400 p p . Nº de ref. de la librería N00163
Descripción Sheridan House, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Reprint. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0924486775
Descripción Sheridan House, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110924486775
Descripción Sheridan House. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0924486775 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0618086
Descripción Sheridan House, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0924486775