Sailor Trevor Moore ’07 was recently featured in the News-Press as “favorites to medal at the London Olympics in 2012.” He and his partner are currently ranked first in the world 49er series, notes the article.
The article quotes Moore, “I have the opportunity to complete something that I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid. This has always been a goal of mine, to compete in the Olympics – and not just compete, to have a chance to medal. It’s unbelievable to think how far we’ve come.”
Moore was a three-time All-American and in 2007 he became the first Statesman to win the Everett B. Morris Trophy as the College Sailor of the Year. During his collegiate career, Moore competed in seven ICSA National Championship events, leading the Colleges’ to the 2005 Team Race and Coed Dinghy National Championships. He was also the first Statesman sailor to earn the “Babe” Kraus Award as Hobart’s Senior Athlete of the Year. Since graduating, Moore’s sailing resume boasts a fourth place finish in the Laser Class in the 2007 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and an 11th place finish in the 49er Class at the 2010 Rolex Miami OCR.
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Sailing smooth for rising Naples star
Moore part of No. 1 49er sailing squad
Annabelle Tometich • March 16, 2011
When Trevor Moore took his first learn-to-sail class at the Naples Community Sailing Center, the then-7-year-old never imagined the sport would take him as far as it has.
Almost two decades later, Moore, 26, has traveled the world to compete in regattas in Australia, the Bahamas and throughout Europe and the U.S.
Moore and his teammate Erik Storck are ranked No. 1 in the world in the 49er series, according to the International Sailing Federation. The duo, who are unbeaten against competition from the U.S., are favorites to medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
“I have the opportunity to complete something that I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid,” said Moore, who was at his home in Naples on Tuesday, preparing for a speaking engagement and fundraiser at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club.
“This has always been a goal of mine, to compete in the Olympics – and not just compete, to have a chance to medal. It’s unbelievable to think how far we’ve come.”
Moore and Storck, a 25-year-old native of Huntington, N.Y., have known each other and raced against each other since they were kids. In 2007, Moore was named College Sailor of the Year while at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. He beat out Storck, a fellow finalist, for the honor.
In the summer of 2008, the two joined forces in the 49er class, with Storck serving as skipper and Moore as crew. After their first race, the 2009 Rolex Miami OCR, Storck and Moore earned the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Sailing Team, a position they have held ever since.
“If you can’t beat ’em, you might as well convince them to join you,” Storck said.
“He’s a tactically smart sailor and he’s a fast sailor, and that’s what I needed. We work well together.”
In the 49er series, speed is the name of the game.
Moore compared the two-man vessels to Ferraris. He and Storck tether themselves to the boat, using their weight to counteract the pull of the sail in strong winds. When the surf is high, 49ers can catch air sending the boat and both sailors airborne for a few thrilling seconds.
“You’re standing on your tippy toes, and the boat is only 4 inches wide where you’re standing,” Moore said. “So when you get air, it’s like landing a jumbo-jet on an aircraft carrier trying to figure out where you’re going to put your feet when you come down. It’s a high-pace, high-adrenaline sport.”
Life on the international sailing circuit isn’t always glamorous, though.
Moore’s days are filled with training sessions and workouts. He goes to bed as early as he can, living out of his duffel bag for weeks on end.
He and Storck think of their partnership as a marriage of sorts. They even consult with a U.S. Sailing sports psychologist – their therapist – for ways to maintain and strengthen their camaraderie.
Moore has an Olympic qualifying event coming in June. The sailing world championships will take place in December in Perth, Australia.
So to be home, even for just a few days, is a welcome relief.
“This year is probably the most important year for Erik and me looking forward,” Moore said.
“But for now I’m home with my family – my real family.”