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WHO WE ARE: GEOFF MOORE
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Geoff Moore is a Rhode Island native who grew up sailing in New England. He attended the University of Rhode Island for Political Science. Since 2002, he has been with North Sails Toronto.
What do you sail? How long have you been sailing?
I have been competitively racing sailboats since 1974.
What boats/classes do you sail?
All types of dinghies, Lasers, Sunfish, Lightnings, Snipes, Albacore, Interclub dinghies, I14s, all manner of US collegiate dinghies.
Small keelboats, J/24, J/22, Etchells, Shields, Sonars, Ideal 18’s, IOD’s, Stars, J/80’s, J/70’s, Melges 20’s, 24’s, and 32’s, Farr 30s , and C&C’s every size.
Larger One Design Keel boats, Farr 40, J/105s, J/30s, J/35s, J/111, Beneteau 36.7, Beneteau 40.7, Swan 42. 6 Meters, 8 Meters, 12 Meters.au 40.7, and the Swan 42.
And, of course too, many handicappers, and cruising boats to list here.
What got you into the marine industry? What’s your favorite aspect of working in the industry?
I have always been passionate about sailboats, and specifically about how sail shape affects their performance. The technology has always fascinated me. Whether it be woven textile science, or spread filament, molded, composite, membranes, the goal is always the same, to construct sails light in weight, exquisitely shaped, with the least possible distortion under load. Achieving one or two of those objectives is rather easy these days. North Sails is a company full of highly motivated people who are committed to the challenge of achieving all three objectives. That makes it an exciting and challenging place to be. Delivering beautiful sails, and witnessing first hand, how they enhance our client’s enjoyment of their boats is by far the best part of this job.
What is your earliest sailing memory?
My earliest sailing memories were as a very young child, with my younger brothers, and parents, sailing aboard our Alberg 23 “Winsome” upon the waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. On weekends we would visit various harbors and anchorages, taking time to swim, dig for clams, fish, and learn about the ocean and sailboats. In those days there were always 12 Meters about training for the America’s Cup. It seemed to me that they had always been there, and they would never leave. The America’s Cup is now gone, but the 12 Meters, and their legacies, are still there.
How long have you been working in the industry? What keeps you coming back for more?
I get a kick out of learning and sharing little tricks about how to make sails perform better. It still excites me to help install beautiful new sails. I don’t think I will ever lose interest in that.
If you could have any boat in the world, what would it be? And why?
What kind of question is that! It is like asking someone to pick a favorite child. And, how could I possibly pick just one. I believe all sailboats have some merit, if not in their performance, then certainly in their history. Someone had to conceive and then construct every sailboat. To build a boat is not a trivial endeavor. If pressed I think I would not be alone in choosing a boat that was the most popular One Design fleet in the area where I lived. Beyond that it is fun to race fast boats on big open water, and slow boats in confined harbors. It is nice to do a little of both.