Rolex Big Boat Series 2015


“On the opposite end of the size spectrum, at 78 feet, is perhaps one of the most famous big boats in the world: the Sparkman and Stephens designed Kialoa III, sailing in ORR B. From the mid- to late-1970s and ’80s, the yacht accumulated more sailing trophies and records than just about any other campaign. She was recently bought by a syndicate of enthusiasts who formed the K3 Foundation to restore her and revisit many of the races that made the boat so legendary in ocean racing circles. (Kialoa III competed in the St. Francis Big Boat Series in 1976 and ’78.)”

Rolex Big Boat Series Article


“While the rest of the fleet heard the cancellation announcement while still docked at the St. Francis YC, 78′ Kialoa III sailed by the club and the Golden Gate bridge, giving the racers on shore a lesson in light air sailing.”

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