George Moffett (inset) with Seaport's Schooner Brilliant which he once captained.

TheDay.com: At about this time 12 years ago, when the region was preparing for the OpSail 2000 visit of the world’s tall ships, George Moffett, then captain of Mystic Seaport’s Schooner Brilliant, also was preparing for an ocean race.

Brilliant eventually skipped out a day early from the July gathering of tall ships in New London to join a competing event in Boston and begin a tall ships race across the Atlantic.

In the end, Moffett took Brilliant across the finish line first in its class and first in the fleet.

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