Eight Bells Two Sailing Stars Lost

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Laurent Bourgnon

Laurent Bourgnon

The racing world is mourning the loss of two fine sailors in separate incidents on opposite sides of the globe. In late June Swiss offshore racing star Laurent Bourgnon, 49, disappeared while diving in French Polynesia. Later that same month, US Olympic 49er sailor Trevor Moore, 30, went missing in a small motorboat on Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

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“We are deeply saddened by Trevor’s disappearance on Biscayne Bay and wish to extend our sympathies to the Moore family,” said Josh Adams, managing director of US Olympic Sailing. “In addition to the US Coast Guard’s highly professional search, an extensive volunteer effort was organized and led by sailors in all manner of craft, which is a testament to the impact Trevor has had on the sailing community.”

In sailing-crazed Europe, Bourgnon was renowned for his successes in such offshore races as the Route du Rhum, the Mini Transat and the Solitaire du Figaro.

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