- by Jo Murray, Gazette Columnist
Each month, I volunteer at the Assistance League of Long Beach Thrift Shop on Fourth Street, and on occasion I share photos on Facebook of some of the interesting items for sale. I’ve posted ugly Christmas sweaters, designer gowns and vintage TransPac crew shirts. Shops like this are a great way to recycle items, offer affordable clothing and housewares for shoppers, and fund projects for our local community.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a photo of a signed first edition book. It was Dave Perry’s book on sailing rules and Perry had written a special inscription to “Harlan: It is the rules that make sailing a game — it’s the people that make the game fun. You have done a lot for our sport.”
Curious about the book and how it made its way to the bookshelf of the shop, I asked my Facebook friends to help fill in the details.
Long Beach Yacht Club staff commodore Steven Jones was quick to post a note proposing the book had belonged to Harlan Moore, the 1985 Congressional Cup chairman. 1988 Con Cup chairman Tom Dessel confirmed it and suggested Patty Reno, Moore’s daughter, might want the book.
According to his obituary, Harlan Moore was an entrepreneur in a deep sea diving company and died in 2006. He was the race management chairman for the Southern California Yachting Association from 1984 to 1999, Honorary Commodore of SCYA and Commodore of the Association of San Pedro Bay Yacht Clubs.
Moore’s wife Patricia recently passed and family members donated a pickup truck full of boxes to the thrift shop from her estate. They didn’t realize the book was among the donated items. The Reno family now lives in Maryland, but as luck would have it, son-in-law Chris Reno was in town on personal business last week. Following wife Patty’s instructions, he headed to the shop and bought back the book. While he was there, he noted there are some other Moore estate items that collectors might be interested in.
Author Dave Perry remembers presenting his book to Moore. That was back in the days when the process of obtaining an invite to Con Cup was mysterious to the potential competitors, so even past winners did what they could to set themselves apart from other candidates. Perry admired Moore’s race management talents and enjoyed working with him -- and he figured presenting the book wouldn’t hurt his chances of being invited back to Long Beach.
Perry, winning skipper of the 1983 and 1984 Congressional Cup, grew up sailing on Long Island Sound at the Pequot Yacht Club. Perry has been actively working for the sport since 1977 and has coached many of our Long Beach sailors. He has led hundreds of US Sailing instructional seminars in over 50 one-design classes and has been an author and Instructor of rules and tactics seminars for many years. He was rules advisor to the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team in 2008 and 2012 and to two recent America’s Cup Teams (Victory Challenge in 2006-2007 and Artemis Racing in 2012-2013).
Last Sunday, Sam Gilmour took first in the Detroit Cup, the last event of four in the Grade 2 USA GRAND SLAM. The win also solidified Gilmour’s victory in the series, which earns him the first skipper invitation to the Grade WC 2016 Congressional Cup, a signature event on the World Match Racing Tour.
As a follow up to last week’s column about three aquatic success stories from the same block in Belmont Heights, Canon Smith took second in Sunday’s the Catalina Classic, 32 miles from the Isthmus to Manhattan Beach pier. Many of the 103 entrants dropped out mid race because of rough sea conditions.
Several readers noted additional Argonne watermen, like 505 sailor Andy Zinn or swimmer Kate Cassiano. Past Argonne residents include Jackie Golison, who was first in her division at the 2014 Seal Beach Rough Water Swim, and Long Beach Harbor pilot Bob Blair. Honorable mention goes to Ken Townsend, who claims to have grown webs between his toes during the eight years he lived on the avenue.
Maybe there is something to that eau de Argonne!