Volvo's navigating nipper

madforsailing spoke to Ian Moore about how navigating on the pre-race favourite illbruck
Fresh faced and 30 years old Ian Moore has managed to wangle his way not just into the Volvo Ocean Race, but has landed himself the plumb spot as co-navigator aboard pre-race favourite illbruck Challenge. Moore admits that knowing the 'right' people helped him get this enviable position. He had worked with Roger 'Clouds' Badham on two Admiral's Cup campaigns. Clouds worked with John Kostecki in the last America's Cup, but when the Californian asked him to get involved with their Volvo campaign, Clouds was unable to oblige due to his commitments to Team New Zealand (although since then he has agreed to work with Grant Dalton's Amer Sports campaign). Kostecki asked him if he could recommend anyone and the rest, as they say, is history. Moore got the bug for sailing in his native Northern Ireland, racing on Belfast Loch and increasingly it became central to his life. "I wanted to go to a university where there was good sailing," he says, explaining why he ended up at Southampton reading naval architecture. While at university he was a regular crew on David McClean's Babbalaas and in 1996 sailed the Commodore's Cup with Eddie Warden-Owen's Welsh team as he jokes in his normal self-depricating way they couldn't find enough Welsh crew. "I was bowman, but they didn't have a navigator, so for a while I was doing both jobs - but things seemed to go quite well." Warden-Owen was clearly impressed by Moore and invited him to be navigator on board the Mumm 36 Breeze in the 1997 Admiral's Cup. "It was the first professional event I'd done - quite a jump from the type of sailing I'd been doing before," says Moore. "It was quite exciting to sail against all the big names you read about in Seahorse." (This was