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KIALOA US-1: Dare to Win

An online companion to Jim Kilroy's book
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When I wrote “Dare to Win” I didn’t intend to leave it a one-way conversation, I’m more interested in a dialogue about life, ocean racing sailing, economics and business. That’s why we’re launching this Dare to Win website, with visibility also on Facebook... so that we may have those discussions – starting with the key question asked in the book:

Does any yacht hold a more victorious ocean racing record than the KIALOAs?

You can buy the book directly from and
books will also be available at all Yacht Club book signings.

We launched the website on September 4th for a good reason. Based upon early middle east mathematics, I selected number 3 or number 13 as my key competitive numbers.  If neither number was available number 33 would be my selected number and on occasions, number 13131.

KIALOA III was numbered 13131 until number 1 was earned through her victories.

September 4 (9/4: 9+4=13) was selected as the lucky number, 13, for our website launch date.

Thank you for reading- JBK

*All net proceeds from the book go to the John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation (including US Sailing)*


A Daring Life, Fully Lived

by Herb McCormick
(a former editor-in-chief of Cruising World magazine and yachting correspondent for The New York Times)
To declare that Jim Kilroy has lived a full, challenging, interesting and accomplished life is to traffic in understatement. It’s like saying Alaska is a large state, or the Pacific a wide ocean. It diminishes the adjectives. It’s also inaccurate.

For Jim Kilroy has actually experienced a wide range of different but equally successful existences: family man, veteran, developer, businessman, athlete, civic leader, political insider, adventurer, yachtsman. For most men, what Kilroy has achieved in any one of those many pursuits might be considered a singular highlight in a life well lived. For Jim, they are but the sum parts of a mighty whole.

My own first encounter with Jim Kilroy wasn’t exactly with the man himself but with a group of select fellows who would—and did—follow him to some of the farthest and most remote places on the planet, the watery parts of the world and the distant islands and shorelines that dotted them. I’m speaking, of course, of the crews of a series of the most respected and triumphant ocean racers in the history of competitive yacht racing, all of which were called KIALOA.

The KIALOA sailors that I encountered at Antigua Sailing Week in 1982 were, quite frankly, some of the coolest characters one could ever hope to meet. Tanned, salty, grinning, assured—and all bedecked in the red KIALOA t-shirts that they wore proudly, like a badge of honor—they laughed heartily and spoke in all sorts of regional twangs from South Auckland, South Sydney, Southern California and so on. That is, they were a happy presence at yacht club bars and regatta parties every time they were ashore. At sea, though they still enjoyed a good joke amongst themselves, they were no jokers. They were skilled, no-nonsense mariners who sailed not for money but because they loved to sail. And they were winners. Man, were they winners.

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From The Author

To Our Crew and Friends of

In writing these chapters about the five KIALOAs, we have tried to be exceedingly careful about the accuracy of all data and race results. When one considers that racing results and comments go back to the early 1950s, there must be some margin of error. If there are errors, they are not intentional errors.

I have been amazed at the total amount of data, newspaper and magazine articles, race instructions, crew lists, photographs, letters and other technical data in our files.

I have also tried to be most careful in the use of names of crew for each race or event. I could have used many more names in my commentary on each race, and each event. My reluctance to use more names has been the fear of excluding those who contributed equally to each event or chapter.

The KIALOA crew have all been part of the world-wide KIALOA family, teamwork and continuing friendship. I am humbled by their accomplishments.

We thank you all,

KIALOA 1956–2005 and Memories

by Jim Kilroy 

The chapters of this book will present the outstanding sailboat racing records of the
five KIALOAs against the world’s most competitive yachts and crews. These results were the foundation for the award of sail number US-1 by US Sailing, the nation’s sailboat racing authority, to the KIALOAs and their owner-racing skipper.

The first three KIALOAs were also great cruising yachts, visiting the oceans of the world. KIALOA IV and KIALOA V were not required to have cruising capabilities.

KIALOA II and KIALOA III were also fairly close in their high percentage of victories; however, KIALOA III sailed in more international competitions and could be more closely analyzed for racing results.

KIALOA III is recognized throughout the world for winning many major races and is said by international sailors to be the winningest yacht in yachting history. As you read this book, consider the challenges and the results: The first to finish victories, the record setting victories, and the handicap corrected time victories against smaller and larger yachts. We who raced KIALOA III— our all-amateur crew, and me, their captain and primary helmsman—were thrilled with her results and recognized throughout the world.

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Chapter 12

Backstabbed by Brundage:
Hope and Deception in the Quest for the '76 Olympic Games

In early 1968, the mayor of Los Angeles, Sam Yorty, asked if I would chair a committee to bid for the 1976 Games of the Summer Olympics on the city’s behalf. My response was that it would be a wonderful tribute for our nation to host the Olympics during our bicentennial anniversary, and yes, I would be honored to do so.

Though the circumstances were quite different now, it wouldn’t be my first experience with the Olympics in Los Angeles.

Some simple math revealed that 1976 would also be the 44th anniversary of the city’s “no cost” Olympics of 1932, which had been a great spectacle for my brother Walter and me, at the time 13 and 10, respectively. Though we didn’t have tickets, we did watch the Games inside the great, expanded new Coliseum. We were street kids selling newspapers, which advertised the Olympic program on the front page; we worked our way in to sell those programs to the paying customers. Once again, it was fortunate that we were pretty big kids for our ages.

The fact that those ’32 Games were staged at “no cost” to Los Angeles was a big deal. That was our game plan for 1976, as well. The Olympics would need to pay for themselves.

With that goal in mind, we arranged a preliminary meeting with a few of my close associates and Bill Nicholas, now the general manager of the Coliseum; Paul Zimmerman and Bill Henry, the sports editors for the city’s major newspaper, the Los Angeles Times; and John Ferraro, a former USC football star and a city councilman. After discussing our objectives, we placed calls to Jack Garland and Bill Schroeder, who’d served on the committee for the 1932 Games. We were eager to have their guidance and learn the secrets to their success.

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