Kialoa III was a 79 footer designed by the New York design office of Sparkman & Stephens and a maxi-rater under the IOR (70.0ft). She was a heavy displacement design but a powerful boat that was at home in many of the offshore classics of the era, including the Southern Cross Cup and Clipper Cup. She also made an appearance in New Zealand for the 1976 Dunhill Cup after her record setting Sydney-Hobart effort, and later on underwent significant alterations at the Auckland yard of McMullen & Wing with a new stern and keel. Kialoa III went on to win a number of major races, including setting a new record in the St Petersburg-Ft Lauderdale race during the 1977 SORC.
|What 10,000 square feet of sail looks like - spinnaker, blooper, mainsail, mizzen and mizzen spinnaker set.|
|Gybing required plenty of advance warning!|
|Kialoa III in her modern configuration|