“…parce que je suis heureux en mer et peut-être pour sauver mon ame…” – Bernard Moitessier
Non-tethered life on a boat is not, in our eyes, a contrast to life in the “real world”. Our trip is neither an escape nor an extended vacation. We value self-sufficiency and authenticity, and strive to maintain a strong connection with the natural world. Making Tamata our home is the best way we know how to see that those values are realized in every day life.
What is The Long Way?
The title of this blog is a reference to Bernard Moitessier’s book of the same name (La Longue Route). Moitessier became famous for his participation in the 1968 British Sunday Times Golden Globe circumnavigation race. He entered the solo, non-stop, round the world race with a very good shot at winning. He had rounded all three capes and was heading north on his last leg before dropping out of the race altogether and continuing on to Tahiti – crossing both the Indian and half the Pacific Oceans a second time. With no way of communicating his decision directly with those waiting back in England, he used a slingshot to deliver his message onto the deck of a passing freighter. The only explanation he gave was: “…because I am happy at sea, and maybe to save my soul.” Later, he named his boat Tamata – “why not?”, or “try it!” in certain Polynesian dialects. Our boat was named after Moitessier’s by its previous owner, and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to follow in his wake. My hope is that The Long Way is an extension of Moitessier’s trip and is my way of documenting our journey and preserving his spirit.
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