Turning a Passion for Sailboat Racing into a Career: Lucien Moore '13

In this Alumni Spotlight, we introduce you to Lucien Moore '13. Lucien turned his passion for sailboat racing into a career most only dream of through his IYRS education. 

Lucien was born in Paris, France, and moved to California to pursue his undergrad degree at a large state university. He soon realized that he wasn't satisfied with the options his degree offered to someone who wanted a career on the water - so Lucien did his research, discovered IYRS, and left California for the East Coast. He made his way to Newport and right into Restoration Hall and our Boatbuilding & Restoration program. Because his passion is sailboat racing, he knew he wanted a career building boats - and we knew he came to exactly the right place to achieve his dream. After graduating from the 20-month Boatbuilding & Restoration program in 2013, Lucien got his first job as a boatbuilder, but not in the world of  wooden boats as you might expect from a graduate of this wooden boatbuilding program...

One custom carbon fiber tender that Lucien built for a Perini Navi super yacht

Lucien's first position was building carbon fiber boats for Al Fresco Composites in Portsmouth, RI. These were not just any boats (which is a trend that will continue, as you'll see...) - but two classically designed 20ft carbon fiber tenders for a Perini Navi super yacht.  This hands-on experience with custom boatbuilding proved invaluable. In 2014, Lucien began working for Southern Spars Composite Rigging where he tested, inspected, and built industry-leading ECsix multi strand carbon rigging.  With carbon boatbuilding and carbon rigging under his belt, he took a position as a boatbuilder for Carbon Ocean Yachts where he built LONGBOW, a boutique Class 40 #143. 

While fully immersed in professional boatbuilding, Lucien also joined the PROSPECTOR racing program on a Farr 60 that competed in the Transatlantic Race 2015, Rolex Fastnet Race, and the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Working on this campaign and its associated deliveries across the Mediterranean, Lucien joined the program as a full-time boatbuilder and member of the race crew in 2016 and raced the Rolex Maxi Worlds in Sardinia in 2016. 

The campaign then started 2017 on the East Coast and in the Caribbean where they met success in the Pineapple Cup and Voiles de St Barth, and set a new course record for the Marblehead to Halifax race. 2018 brought Lucien and his team to the West Coast with three events across California and Mexico before racing the Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Hawaii. Then Lucien and crew sailed the yacht from Hawaii to Sydney, Australia - with a pit stop in Fiji – where they prepared for and finished 6th overall in the Sydney Hobart race at the end of the year. It was quite a year by any measure.

Lucien and his team were supposed to return to Europe in 2019 for a full season, but a dismasting of PROSPECTOR while preparing to race cut the season short.  It was then that Lucien was given another exciting opportunity – to join Belle Mente Quantum Racing to help build the second generation AC75 PATRIOT which competed for the 36th America’s Cup for NYYC AMERICAN MAGIC in December 2020 and January 2021. One of the most advanced and fastest racing yachts ever built, Lucien's experience building PATRIOT took his skills and professional experience to an even higher level.

Lucien’s exciting career in boatbuilding and professional sailing started simply: on the shop floor of Restoration Hall at IYRS.  He credits IYRS for a lasting impact on him and his career.  “For me, the Boatbuilding & Restoration program gave me a great base and training in how to understand and use hand and power tools, as well as larger saws, planers, and shapers which are all applicable to modern composites today.  IYRS's great instructors, Bill, Joel, and Warren, gave me excellent guidance and do a great job of giving you the space and the time to find your own success while having room for failures that build your experience.”

Graduation & Launch Day 2013

IYRS provided Lucien with an exceptional foundation, and as any good student does, he has continued to learn and grow.  “Since leaving IYRS the biggest thing I’ve learned is how to operate in a business environment. As an employee or working for yourself, understanding the larger budget, quality perimeters, and time frame is key to success.”

Whether boatbuilding or sailing or both, you can be sure we'll be following Lucien's future endeavors on land and at sea.