In a spectacular, antiques-filled townhouse in Greenwich Village, surrounded by family and friends, Halsey C. Herreshoff, president of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, announced that Ed du Moulin will be one of three sailing greats to be inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame on Sept. 17 in Bristol, RI. Mr. du Moulin, along with the other two inductees, the late E.D. Morgan and New Zealand's Tom Schnackenberg, join a distinguished list of previous honorees, a veritable Who's Who of sailing. Some of the past inductees include: Nathanael G. Herreshoff, Harold S. Vanderbilt, Olin J. Stephens II, Roderick Stephens, Jr., Emil "Bus" Mosbacher, Briggs Cunningham, Ted Hood, R.E. "Ted" Turner, Dennis Conner, John Bertrand, Victor Romagna, Arthur Knapp, Jr., Sir Peter Blake, Russel Coutts and Baron Marcel Bich. Sponsored by Rolex, the America's Cup Hall of Fame was established in 1993 to recognize leaders in sailing, who have demonstrated outstanding ability, have international recognition and have made exceptional contributions to the sport.
Ed du Moulin with his seven grandchildren. Back row, l. - r.: Chris Morea, Ed, Ed du Moulin, Doug Morea, Lora Ann du Moulin. Front row: Mark du Moulin, Carrie Morea, Matt du Moulin.
Ed du Moulin has been involved in the active management of more America's Cup campaigns than anyone in the history of the Cup. From the time his interest was piqued by observation of the 1937 defense of Ranger over Endeavour II, Mr. du Moulin has had an abiding interest in the America's Cup. In 1977, Ed du Moulin managed Enterprise in her unsuccessful attempt to be selected as Cup defender. Then in 1980, Mr. du Moulin managed Dennis Conner's very successful defense of the Cup in Freedom over Australia. This was a landmark defense with an outstanding yacht and crew and a pace-setting two-boat defense campaign. Manager again in 1983 with the yacht Liberty, Ed again performed brilliantly as did others but the Cup was lost to Australia sailing its breakthrough 12-meter Australia II.
In 1987 the combination of Dennis Conner as skipper, Malin Burnham and Ed du Moulin working closely with them, brought the Cup back to the USA with the superb victory of Stars & Stripes in Fremantle, Australia. In 1988, Ed was part of the management team, which included Harman Hawkins, past commodore of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, assembled to prove and assert the right for the catamaran Stars & Stripes to sail to victory over Michael Fay's "Big Boat" New Zealand challenge. Again, Ed had a role in the one-boat defense effort in San Diego in 1992, and the 1995 defense against the successful challenge by New Zealand.
The reception to announce the induction to the Hall of Fame of these three accomplished men was as distinguished as the America's Cup itself. Welcoming comments by Andy King, the owner of the townhouse who so generously donated the use of his home, began the program for the evening. Halsey Herreshoff, president of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, and a descendant of Nathaniel Herreshoff whose Herreshoff Manufacturing Company built yachts that defended the America's Cup an unprecedented eight consecutive times, began his comments with a tongue-in-cheek comment to Jane Cunliff, consul general of New Zealand, "We would be delighted to go back to New Zealand one last time!" He went on to note, in addition to considering Ed his mentor, Ed's induction into the Hall of Fame brings him the most personal satisfaction of all the inductees because of their deep and long friendship. William Sandberg, representing Rolex Watch USA, highlighted Ed's contributions to Cup challenges throughout the years. After introducing Tom and Anetta Weaver, board of trustees of the Herreshoff Museum, and Ronald Kiss, president of the Webb Institute, Commodore Henry H. Anderson, chairman of the America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and past commodore of both the New York Yacht Club and Seawanhaka-Corinthian Yacht Club then announced the year 2000 inductees. Speaking about Ed, Commodore Anderson commented that he "has made a difference" in the history of the Cup. As the evening progressed, it became evident that Ed's reputation in his ventures with the Cup is legendary and is a result of his efficiency as a manager and organizer, his outstanding financial management and his marvelous way with crew, employees and volunteers.
Ed and his family - his wife of 58 years, Eleanor, and his two children, Rich du Moulin of Larchmont and Cathy Morea, of Port Washington - moved to Sands Point in 1968. Many readers are familiar with his various boats, all named Lady Del, named after his mother, who played a part in his early interest in sailing. He is a past commodore of Knickerbocker Yacht Club, helped organize the Port Washington Public Library Nautical Center, organized the Cow Bay Racing Association in 1966 with Duke Dayton and Harman Hawkins, and organized the Knickerbocker Cup with Arthur Knapp in 1982. In 1983, he won the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club's George Hinman Award, in recognition of his "achievements in and contributions to yachting." For all his successes and accomplishments, Ed remains modest and unassuming. He is the quintessential family man, surrounding himself with his wife and children, grandchildren, and close friends. His loyalty to family and friends was evident in the group who gathered to honor this remarkable man. All seven of his grandchildren were present, as were five past commodores of Knickerbocker Yacht Club, "surrogate family" members, and dignitaries from the sailing world. In his speech at the ceremony, referring to present and past Hall of Fame inductees, Ed said, "I am flattered to be in such special company." It should be added that the community of Port Washington is flattered to be able to call Ed du Moulin one of our own.