Larry began his career in yachting in 1966 where he sailed for the first time as cook aboard an 88′ ketch called The Tyger. (He says he knew how to fry an egg, and so he was hired). The vessel belonged to Sir Myles Wyatt, Admiral of the UK’s Royal Ocean Racing Club. Larry’s first trip to sea was sailing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Southampton , England, where a few days out from Las Palmas, they ran into seas recorded in excess of 80′ and winds in excess of 100 mph. Throughout this introduction to sailing, Larry was still able to cook for the owners and crew, even though Sir Myles, and Larry, were the only ones able to eat.
Throughout that summer, The Tyger cruised the North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel, including being the finish line off Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, for the Admiral’s Cup, where Larry will admit to being on watch in the middle of the night and not noticing the first place finisher cross the line. Consequently, race aficionados will be sorry to note that the time recorded that year was a “best guess”.
From there, Larry joined a motor yacht, The McOwl, heading for the Mediterranean. He joined as chef, something he knew he didn’t really qualify for. Several adventures later he left the McOwl and joined The Mathilde, a yacht based in Monaco, as deck hand. There Larry stayed until the summer of 1967 when he joined the Forbes’ Magazine yacht, The Highlander, and crossed the Atlantic headed for New York where Larry eventually became First Mate.
In 1969, Larry left yachting as a profession and began a career in high tech where he eventually learned as much as he could about the internet and current trends toward social media. During his career ashore, Larry rose through the ranks to become Global Sales Director for a Fortune 200 company. He has managed sales forces on a global, national and local level carrying revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Never leaving boating behind (who ever really leaves?), Larry raced aboard, Ensigns, J-30’s, Tartan 30’s, Swan 44’s, and is currently racing aboard a Sea Sprite. Larry is a qualified OUPV Captain, and finally came back to yachting as a profession a few years ago as a broker and now as owner/partner of Rudders & Moorings Yacht Sales.
Needless to say, Larry’s boating experience includes many adventures, far too numerous to mention here. Drop him a line – he’s always happy to tell a story (or two).
Robert Moore spent an idyllic youth bouncing around in club sailing programs along Western Long Island Sound. Rob’s first Newport to Bermuda Race was sailed in 1964, and he has sailed Newport to Bermuda and Marion to Bermuda races off and on up to the present. Rob skippered his first professional sailing charter in Long Island Sound in 1966.
From 1972 to 1977 Rob spent a second Idyllic youth skippering a 71 foot ketch in the charter trade, winters in the West Indies and summers in the Mediterranean. He accomplished 9 transatlantic voyages under sail in those five years.
Reality and a serious career began for Rob in 1978, with a wife, and a sales job with the Great Northern Paper Company. Along with these new responsibilities came an active career in club racing and the joys and tribulations of the Eastern Long Island Sound weekend circuits, various race weeks and many of the longer races. Rob built his first motorized skiff in his basement and resurrected a lovely schooner while putting in a great deal of volunteer work at Mystic Seaport during his first stint living in Noank, CT.
1983 brought Rob a new position as Director of International Sales for the Great Northern Nekoosa Corporation and a move to a house on Casco Bay, Maine. The 1927 gaff fore and aft schooner was traded for a lobster boat and, when not traveling internationally, early mornings found Rob at peace with the world hauling pots before going into the office. A considerable amount of time each summer was spent cruising ‘Down East”.
1990 brought an end to Great Northern Nekoosa, and Rob moved his family to New Canaan, CT. where he founded a consultancy business in the International Paper business, becoming presidents of Price & Pierce International, and then Impressions Paper. Rob took this opportunity to join the Western Long Island Sound fishing fraternity and kindled an appreciation for inshore fishing and the boats that serve these die hard anglers. Eventually Rob started taking people fishing professionally, the horizons expanded to the Tuna fishery, and wins in the 2010 and 2011 Nantucket Bluefin Tuna Tournaments.
Rob became a yacht broker in 2009 and has since, along with partners, Larry Rutter and John Longley, founded Rudders and Moorings Yacht Sales LLC.
Rob has a BS degree from Kenyon College. He served 9 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Rob is a past Rear Commodore of the Cruising Club of America, where he was elected to membership in 1986. Rob currently resides in New Canaan, CT and Noank, CT, and is a current member of the Ram Island Yacht Club. He is a full time yacht broker active in the business along the Connecticut shore.
John Longley – Partner & Yacht Broker
John started sailing while still in diapers (son of a sailor). Growing up in Michigan, his early boating years were spent sailing Sailfish, various dinghies, racing his father’s Snipe, and cruising on family friends’ boats. In 1972, John joined his father on the delivery of his newly acquired Alden 42 from the Chesapeake to Detroit via the Erie Canal. John began serious sailboat racing in 1973 aboard the C&C 35 Disruption” and was running the foredeck within a month. After a couple of years on the bow, he recruited and trained a new (smaller and lighter) bowman and moved aft as a sail trimmer. After 3 consecutive Mackinaw wins, two Boat of the year and 5 season championship wins, Disruption was replaced with a North American 40 in 1980.
In 1981, John relocated to Manhattan and joined the original crew of Coyote, a C&C 40. This proved to be another winning program, around the buoys and in Block Island, Vineyard, Edlu, and other distance races. John sailed his first Newport-Bermuda Race on Coyote – an eye-opening experience in 18 foot seas, with all but three of the crew seasick and useless. John and the other two able bodies raced the boat for 2 days until some of the crew revived. To add to the excitement, the Loran failed and John was the only able body aboard who knew how to dead reckon.
After leaving Coyote, John raced on a variety of boats and added two more Bermuda Races before joining the crew of Toscana, a custom Frers 51, in 1988. In addition to sail trim and stints at the helm, he soon became crew boss. Toscana was actively campaigned – Newport-Bermuda, Marblehead-Halifax, Annapolis-Newport, Block Island, Vineyard, and countless “around the pins” regattas and race weeks up and down the East Coast. Toscana was retired in 2002 and John moved the entire crew to Juggernaut, just arrived with her owner from Hong Kong.
Over the years, John has also raced several other boats ranging from Etchells to Maxis and is equally comfortable at the helm, trimming sails, calling tactics, navigating, or running the pointy end. John is a member of Black Rock Yacht Club, where he has just finished an 8-year stint on the Board of Governors.
While sailing has always been his passion, he spent 20 years as General Manager/Sales Manager of a small, multi-million dollar company interfacing with drug wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers with a focus on consultative and conceptual sales to consumer products marketers, advertising agencies, drug chains and wholesalers. John was the recipient of several industry awards for marketing and promotion.
A few years ago John decided to combine his business experience and love of boating and became a yacht broker. This naturally led to his joining Rudders & Moorings Yacht Sales as a partner.