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 KIALOA V


After 31 years of vigorous racing and cruising in five different KIALOA's,
KIALOA V had its first KIALOA mast failure before the start of the ICAYA 1988 Regatta in Honolulu, Hawaii.

While 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.

 

After 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 the other

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.