The K3 Foundation
“Former Glory – After years of restoration and care, an American titan of the maxiboat era returns to connect generations.
The K3 Foundation was created to manage the preservation and ongoing maintenance of the classic beauty. The foundation has a number of goals, foremost among them to make the boat available to young people for sail training and ensuring the boat continues to fly Old Glory off its transom.
“You cannot take the flag off Kialoa III — it’s impossible,” says Roland Pieper.”
The regatta [ASW 2017] was the second time Kialoa III had been back in true racing form since being purchased in 2013 by the K3 Foundation and restored for two years. The foundation first displayed the fruit of its labors at the Rolex Big Boat Series in 2015, an event during which Pieper recalls dealing with many failures and issues that triggered another phase of restora tion. In 2016, Pieper raced Antigua Sailing Week and finished second overall.