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Kurun, around the world Hardcover – 1955

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (1955)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007E681E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,193,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacques Yves Le Toumelin was born in 1920 in Paris but his family was from Brittany and he had the sea in his blood, spending every school holidays in Brittany. He was preparing to sit exams to enter the French Navy when WW2 broke out. During the war he became a deep-sea fisherman on French trawlers, fishing of the coast of Senegal and then buying his own small fishing boat which was destroyed by the Germans after the allied invasion. Following the war, he was drafted into the French Navy and after being demobbed in 1946, he began building his yacht, Kurun.

Kurun was 33' (27/ 10" at the waterline), 11' 10" max. beam, single-masted cutter, wooden, no engine, draught of 5' 4" and weighed in at 8.5 tons with a 1.87 ton cast keel. Toumelin designed Kurun with no cockpit and a small cabin, and very very basic fittings by today's standards - a primus stove, a couple of bunks, a galley. Kurun was designed to be sailed by one person and as a deep-sea boat.

Toumelin set out in late 1949 and sailed across the Atlantic, went thru the Panama Canal (towed), sailed across the Pacific via Tahiti to Port Moresby, then to Cocos Island and thence to Reunion, Durban, Cape Town and northwards to St Helena and then back to France. He did the whole trip under sail (no engine), met with a number of adventures and misadventures but survived. It's an interesting account of circumnavigating the way it used to be - no watermakers, no GPS, no radio, just good seamanship and an ability to enjoy sailing and the sea for 2 or 3 years. Well worth the read if you come across the book.
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