NAME: Tyler Moore
HOMETOWN: Hampton, Virginia
OCCUPATION: Chesapeake Bay Pilot. Works as a Docking Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia.
CURRENT SAILING PARTNER: Rob Woelfel
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ATTENDED: 12
TOP FINISHES AT WORLDS: Finished fourth twice (2006, Hayland Island, UK; 2016, Weymouth, UK) and fifth once (1995, Mounts Bay, UK).
NOTABLE CAREER RESULTS: Have won North Americans with four different crew
FAVORITE 505 SAILING MOMENT: Hard to say. One of the best was the second-to-last race at the 2013 North Americans in San Francisco when we secured victory.
Q: You have sailed with some outstanding crew over the years, including former College Sailor of the Year Ryan Cox (Naval Academy) and current professional sailor Geoff Ewenson (University of Rhode Island). What have you learned from your crew that has helped to improve your helming abilities?
A: Everyone brings something different to the table. I've been fortunate to sail with some exceptional sailors. Ryan really improved my downwind sailing. Peter Alarie and Jeff Nelson taught me how to make the 505 go fast in the breeze. Jesse Falsone has an incredible talent for the details, which when you look inside a 505 you can see is a considerable task. The logistics of getting to Worlds and being race ready is paramount. What is that they say: 90 percent of life is showing up? Geoff has an eye for big fleet management which at many worlds is a nightmare. Drew Buttner continues that role of placing the boat in the right spot. Rob knows how to make the boat go really fast. He is probably the best downwind sailor in the 5O5 Class.
Q: How do you adapt to different crews? Or do they need to adapt to you and your style?
A: It's a merge really. We must play to our strengths. None of the people I race 505s with live close by so we can’t get the time on the water to do a complete makeover.
Q: You are a former College Sailor of the Year yourself. Did you consider an Olympic campaign? I understand you jumped right into the 505 in 1996. What drew you to this particular class?
A: I sailed the 1991 North Americans and knew I liked the boat. So I sold my J/22 and bought a 505 in 1994. It became the heavy air training platform for the 470 I picked up in 1995, and used when Ryan and I took a shot at Olympic Trials in Savannah the next year. Afterwards, I started sailing 505s with Scott Ikle and we picked up a 49er but after a year, I realized that to get better at this new boat was going to take a lot of time and money.
Q: You have finished Top 10 at 505 Worlds many times. In those instances when you were close, but fell short what do you feel was missing/lacking? What does your team need to do in order to get over the hump?
A: My problem is that everyone else keeps getting better! I need to sail more. Jesse and I were close in 2006, but ripped our kite in half in Race 2, which in the end limited our risk-taking abilities. Last year, Drew put us in the best spots of anybody but I didn't have the wheels to take those positions and make them into regatta winners. As it turned out in the end, that role was reserved for Mike Martin and Adam Lowry.
Q: After so many Top 10 results without a world championship, what motivates you to keep coming back?
Q: You are currently the United States dealer for Rondar. Why take on that role? I am guessing you wanted to help promote the class by helping find affordable boats. Have you learned more about the boat from working with the dealer?
A: I think everyone should have a 505. I’ve never seen a soul unhappy after a day spent on the water in 12-plus knots of breeze. My goal was to get more boats over here. It’s been a painstaking process. I remain hopeful that I’ll reach a system that works for everyone and where I stop losing money!
Q: I understand you have three young children. Has that hampered your ability to sail as often as you like and train as much as you need?
A: An understanding wife helps a lot. Families take up a lot of time, but that is what it’s all about. I want them to enjoy sailing as much as Jane and I do. They keep me in check and remind me that 505 racing is something we all do for fun. To sail a Worlds with my kids on the water racing another boat would be special. In the meantime, I’m secretly conceiving plans to organize 505 regattas and training events that happen to be at Opti regattas. Don't tell anyone.
In reality, the biggest obstacle to 505 sailing is my job which has a very inflexible schedule. I get one to two weekends off a month, which puts weekends in high demand.
Q: You have been given the title of “local favorite” as many of the other Chesapeake Bay teams believe you are most capable of winning the championship among them. How do you feel about that mantle? Does it apply added pressure?
A: I don't see it that way. Annapolis is not like many other places where you can expect certain conditions and prepare your program around it. After the pounding Howard and Andy gave the fleet at the North Americans last month, I don’t think we’re close to making a show of it. Chris Behm and Jesse were second, which places them as the top local team. To become a favorite, you have to demonstrate that you can win. Rob and I haven’t done that yet.