After 31 years of vigorous racing and cruising in five different
KIALOA V had its first KIALOA mast failure before the start of
the ICAYA 1988 Regatta in Honolulu, Hawaii.
on the wind, test sailing with Il Moro de Venezia, the KIALOA V mast
failed at the first spreader in unusual shaped seas 5 miles off the
shores of Waikiki.
The Hawaii series would be the second
regatta of the 1988 series, and KIALOA V was scored in last place,
having already won the first regatta held in St. Thomas.
shipping the mast by airplane and KIALOA V by barge to California for
repairs, KIALOA V's rig was tuned as best possible for the St. Francis
Series. This series was comprised of 5 races which would determine the
1988 ICAYA World Championship.
The repaired mast was too
rigid in the repaired section and KIALOA V lost a tiny edge of
performance, finishing 3rd Place in the St. Francis Series. However,
even with a last place in the unsailed Hawaii Series, KIALOA V placed
3rd Overall in the 1988 World Championship.
In ICAYA, from
1981-1989, KIALOA's IV and V won a total of 5 Annual World
Championships, and a 2nd Place, a 3rd Place, and a 4th Place finish in
World Championships. In the test year, of 1980, KIALOA III
tied for the Championship
with Bumblebee IV, as there was a European
Series and an American Series separately scored.