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Nov 4, 2012, 10:33 AM


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EIGHT BELLS - Steve Moore

Stephen W. Moore died in a hospice on October 22nd, 2012 - 4 days after his 66th birthday. Steve was born October 18th, 1946 in Manhattan. He went to Manhasset grade schools and then to St. Georges Academy in Newport. He later attended Dartmouth College and served in the U.S. Army. Steve and his brother JB were avid junior sailors in Blue Jays numbered one hundred apart, 351 for JB and 451 for Steve. Their father James B. Moore was navigator for Jakob Isbrandtsen’s Good News, one of the most senior members of Storm Trysail Club, and for many years our treasurer.

In his junior days, Steve was the outstanding junior sailor on Long Island Sound, winning the Clinton M. Bell Trophy three times, with crew Peter Rugg. Thereafter, as Long Island Sound sailors know so well, he became a top notch helmsman and navigator on boats large and small, from his IC dinghy to many an ocean racing boat. During his sailmaking career, Steve worked for Hard Sails, North Sails and UK.

Steve began sailing with the du Moulin family in 1975 when we purchased the red Carter 39 Blaze. At Block Island Race Week 1975, we won the Everitt B. Morris Award for Outstanding Boat of the Week. At the following Race Week we won the Blockhead Trophy for impaling ourselves on the bowsprit of the committee boat, and then wearing brown bags over our heads to the starting line the following day. Steve was tactician for both outstanding performances.

Through the 35 years of Blaze and then our Express 37 Lora Ann, Steve was our tactician. Always grumbling at anyone within earshot, Steve pushed us all hard. He had a great sense of humor and an uncanny ability to write humorous songs ("du Moulin the Long Island Pervert " probably the most famous) and New Years Frostbite Regatta Awards (for skulling, capsizing, getting stuck in the mud, ramming your old man, etc).

Ten years ago Steve had triple bypass the same year he was diagnosed with diabetes. That spring he could only get around with a two-wheeled "walker." We invited Steve to join our house at Block Island Race Week with the understanding he would stay ashore for festivities but not sail. As we prepared to depart Payne’s Dock for the first race, Steve came "rolling" down Payne’s, sat on the edge of the dock and slid aboard. He hung the walker over the stern pulpit and proceeded to wrap himself around the backstay daring anyone to put him ashore. So he tacticianed Lora Ann to a class win at Race Week, with the walker hanging over the stern. Some bright competitor placed a "Team AARP" sticker on the transom where it still resides.

In December there will be a service at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club for Steve.

-Richard du Moulin