Heineken Regatta 2018
Kialoa III Take First Place Overall
“After fighting tooth and nail in the Maxi Class, Kialoa III was able to pull ahead of the Brazilian team Camiranga to take first place overall. “We had a great race going counter clockwise around the island, which was something I hadn’t seen before,” said Navigator Skipper Stephen Stewart. “It was good to do it in such a fast time. It’s nice to see.”
“The Brazilian team on the 65-foot Maxi Camiranga was the first boat to cross the finish line in the Around the Island Race, with an elapsed time of three hours, 22 minutes and 41 seconds, but in the end the 1974 Sparkman & Stephens Classic Kialoa III beat them on corrected time. The latter team holds the class lead going into tomorrow’s racing.
“We had a game plan, we stuck to it and it worked,” said Kialoa III Skipper Stephen Stewart. The 43-year-old Sparkman & Stephens classic yacht is world-famous for its victories back in the 1970s and was restored in 2015 by the K3 Foundation, which had the goal to race it competitively again.
“She was ideally built for ocean racing, so courses like the around the island suit the boat better. We were second around the first mark, then leading up to the top of the island, but then Camiranga stretched its legs and was able to get ahead. Overall the boat went well and crew work was good. We didn’t have any problems.”