Miami’s extensive sailing community, led by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, is honoring World War II veterans John H. Moynahan, 93, and Taylor C. Larimore, 91, by establishing a permanent trophy in their names — the Larimore/Moynahan Regatta Trophy.
The cup will be awarded annually to the winner of the BBYRA’s PHRF Class Regatta on Biscayne Bay, this year to be contested on Apr. 4 and trophy presentation at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club that evening. Both men are avid sailors and longtime fixtures on the Miami racing scene.
Taylor Larimore, born in Miami in 1924, was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, fought in the famed Battle of the Bulge, spending Christmas of 1944 in a foxhole under heavy German attack before emerging as part of the victorious division that helped turn the tide of war in Europe.
The Brickell resident was 11 years old when the 1935 hurricane that swept through Miami blew a sailboat into his yard, and he has been sailing ever since. Dedicated to introducing the sport to young people, he taught over 1,000 youngsters the art of sailing and was named Instructor of the Year in 1992 by the American Sailing Association.
John H. Moynahan, as a young U.S. Navy lieutenant, served in the Pacific on the destroyer USS Ammen, subjected during the Okinawa campaign to a constant barrage of Japanese Kamikaze suicide attacks. His ship was among the first to enter Nagasaki har- He resides in Coconut Grove.
In addition to crewing on many of the leading racing boats of the last several decades throughout the world, both men have been generous in their support of Miami’s youth sailing programs.
Tax-deductible contributions are being solicited to fund sailing scholarships for underprivileged youth, in the names of these two outstanding men, and should be made out to:
The Coconut Grove Sailing Foundation
c/o LB Carpenter, CPA
PO Box 331835
Coconut Grove FL 32333-1835
Specify: Larimore/Moynahan Sailing Scholarships Fund