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Sunday, March 15, 2015

World War II sailors honored by Sailing Club

John H. Moynahan (93) and Taylor C. Larimore (91) are being honored by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club which is establishing a permanent trophy in their name called 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 on April 4 at the Sailing Club that evening. Both men are avid sailors and long-time fixtures on the Miami racing scene. Above, John H. Moynahan, left, and Taylor Larimore admiring Regatta Trophy in their honor. 

Taylor Larimore, who lives in Brickell, was born in Miami 1924 and 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. He was eleven years old when the 1935 hurricane that swept through Miami blew a sailboat into his yard, and he's been sailing ever since. Dedicated to introducing the sport to young people, he taught over 1000 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 US 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 harbor after the dropping of the atomic bomb. 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

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