Foundation to continue Hezron Moxey’s legacy
NG Columnist/Sales Executive
Ragged Island native Hezron Moxey, in life, had a strong maritime influence. The young islander began navigating little dingy boats in the waters around Ragged Island at the age of eight. He would evolve into one of the great mariners in Bahamian history.
Now, his immediate family and others who had an appreciation for his contribution to nation building through his efforts on the sea are in the early stages of establishing the Captain Hezron L. Moxey Maritime Foundation. I had a chat with one of his sons, Paul Moxey, recently and there are some grand plans being made to pay tribute in a lasting way to the venerable captain whose life touched so many in a very positive manner.
It is fitting that one of the objectives of the foundation will be to award maritime scholarships, because Captain Moxey provided much of his time through the years assisting others to become officially licensed as skippers. He was an advocate of the sea life from early as aforementioned. Along the way, he functioned on the seas in a number of capacities.
Captain Moxey was a fisherman, and a yacht guide par excellence. He competed in the Miami-Nassau Ocean race for years. Of course, his successes in local regattas have helped to make him a legend. During the 1950s, he was a fixture among the top sailors in the”B”category aboard the”Ego”. Then, during the late 1960s, throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, he cemented his status as one of the country’s premier regatta skippers in boats named”Good News”,”Lady Eugenia”and”Unca Boss”.
Through it all though, his passion to help others was foremost. He readily passed on skippering techniques to younger aspirants.
Thus, the foundation’s primary aim will be to assist in the development of many more Bahamians as maritime professionals and masters like Captain Moxey. The scholarships will be for maritime studies only.
It will be an uphill climb to get the foundation fully off the ground, but thus far there have been some contributions.
A major annual regatta will be a key fund-raising project according to Paul.
“We are going to need the funds. We thought he did so much in sailing during his life that a foundation was appropriate to continue his legacy. We hope to stage a big regatta each year at Montagu Bay. We will be inviting skippers in the different classes from all of the sailing islands to compete against the New Providence-based boats.
“It will be a festival kind of atmosphere with the regatta itself being the feature of the activities on Montagu Bay. We are thinking about some time during the summer months. We are shooting for 2012,”Paul informed.
By all appearances, the venture is a noble one. Certainly, the very large sailing community in the country ought to support the foundation. Captain Moxey was likeable and made many friends through the years, inside the sailing fraternity and outside.
The regatta could eventually grow into the most important financial plank of the foundation.
Let’s all support the Hezron L. Moxey Maritime Foundation!
The organizers are to be congratulated for taking the initiative.
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