Chesapeake Racer Profile: Tyler Moore

Tyler Moore

The following is the September APS Chesapeake Racer Profile, a monthy hi-light in Spinsheet Magazine (written by Molly Winans):

Although his accent and relaxed demeanor echo his time at the College of Charleston and Hampton, VA more than his years spent in northerly climes, 505 sailor Tyler Moore was born and raised in Hyannis, MA. He started sailing on Beetle Cats at the age of six, and much to his father’s dismay, traded in the classic, New England-built, one-design class for the thrills of 420s.

Moore jumped right into the game. In high school at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, he was a member of the High School Team Racing National and World Champion teams and came in second at the Double-Handed Nationals. At the College of Charleston, he was a three-time Collegiate All-American and the 1994 College Sailor of the Year. After a few years in Annapolis as “a sailing bum,” Moore became a tugboat deckhand and worked his way through the ranks—deckhand to mate to captain to pilot—and relocated to Hampton Roads a decade ago in the process. He also married his wife Jane and now has two boys under the age of three at home.

Before his move to Hampton, Moore competed in a variety of classes in a wide geographic range from placing second in the 470 Pacific Coast Championships (1996) to taking third at the 505 Danish Nationals to winning the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit on a Mumm (now Farr) 30. He was also the 1996 J/24 East Coast Championship title holder (crew for Chris Larson) and has placed first (1999), second (1998), and third (2000) in the Mumm 30 World Championships.

Since 2001, it’s been all about the 505 for Moore. “They’re great boats to sail for someone who has a real job and doesn’t have time to sail every day,” he says. “The ‘5-0’ is really fast and demanding. You can do a big or little campaign and still be in the game. Nobody can out-spend you. We have billionaires and college kids with no money sailing together. At the end of the day, it comes to who does a better job sailing the boat. It feels great. It’s like a 420 on serious steroids.”

Moore has won the 505 East Coast Championships twice as well as having won the 505 North American Championships twice and placed second twice. Among his three top-10 finishes at the 505 World Championships was his eighth-place finish last month in San Francisco with Tabor Academy classmate and Annapolis sailor Geoff Ewenson. Without hesitation, he says that winning the “5-0” Worlds tops his sailing goal list.

SpinSheet: Who are your sailing mentors?
Mike Bello—he was my first coach on 420s in Hyannis (and also a College
of Charleston Collegiate All-American sailor). Also, Chris Larson and Andy

Who are your best sailing buddies?
Anyone I sail with, really. They all bring something different to the boat, and I find it enlightening and helpful to learn their perspective. Geoff Ewenson, Jesse Falsone, Jeff Nelson, and Peter Alarie.

Do you have a favorite sailing memory from this season?
It was a lot of fun winning the first race of the Pre-Worlds in San Francisco. Good heavy air practice.

Is there a Chesapeake Bay story you find yourself telling over and over again?
I came close to wiping out a Volvo Ocean Race guy when they were out practicing (in 2002). It was a stormy night. I was towing a container barge, and I looked out and thought, “What is that?” In a flash of lightning, I realized it was a sailboat…

What kind of music do you listen to?
Raffi. It’s kids’ music only slightly less annoying than Barney. I’ll be going on date night with my wife, and we’ll be driving along and realize we’re still listening to Raffi.

Do you have any non-sailing passions?
My wife and I play tennis — she’s good at it. We used to ski before kids…

What magazines do you read?
Sailing World, SpinSheet, and PropTalk.

What’s your routine on the morning of a race?
To make sure I’m actually ready to get on the water. A decent breakfast, drinking fluids — but not too much coffee — making sure I actually bring food and water on the boat. Then, of course, to getting the boat ready.

What gear do you depend upon?
Zhik pullovers and hiking pants, Aigle neoprene boots (they come on and off easily), and Kaenon sunglasses.

What advice do you have for a young racing sailor?
The important thing is to get a lot of time on the water in all kinds of conditions, especially when it’s windy.

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