This famous aluminium boat was first owned by American, Jim Kilroy, who converted her from a sloop to a yawl in 1968 and brought her to Australia in 1971 for just one Sydney Hobart. The rest is history – Kialoa II took line honours in little more than three and a half days. She also took line honours in the 1966 Newport Bermuda and San Diego Acapulco races, won the 1969 Transatlantic Race from Newport to Cork, finished second on line in the 1969 Fastnet Race and took the double in the 1972 Trans-Tasman Race from Hobart to Auckland. Kilroy’s name lives on.
Forty-five years later, brothers Paddy and Keith Broughton purchased the classic S&S design, gave her the treatment, and finished the Rolex Fastnet Race in the UK in 134th overall from over 300 entries. Then they sailed Kialoa II to Australia and placed 56th overall in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart. The focus was on beating Kialoa II’s 1971 finish time – and they did, shaving seven hours off it. In 2018 they finished 38th overall, and nearly an hour faster than in 2017. Heading back to the UK, she finished second in Division 5 in the Transpac Race before contesting the 75th Sydney Hobart last year to place 70th overall and third in Grand Veterans division. Lindsay May will sail a record 48th consecutive Hobart on this boat.
|Yacht Name||Kialoa II|
|Sail Number||AUS 7742|
|Owner||Patrick & Keith Broughton|
|Skipper||Patrick Broughton (12)|
|Sailing Master||Keith Broughton (5)|
|Navigator||Lindsay May (47)|
|Crew||Chris Harmsen (10), Grant Chessells (14), Aero Leplastrier, Dallas Kilponen (10), Paul Runyan (1), Dave Cummins (4), Jeff Beaton (12), Andrew Cutler (14), James Sellors (1), Stuart Holdsworth (19), Mallee Lambert, Ek Lambert Leplastrier, Jesse Vick|
|Designer||Sparkman & Stephens (USA)|