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In 1971 Jim Kilroy’s Kialoa II – the second in a string of successful racing yachts bearing that name – came to Australia to compete in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Some 46 years later the restored Kialoa II has returned to the race under the ownership of Paddy and Keith Broughton and – despite breaking her boom barely halfway to Hobart – completed the 630 nautical mile course six hours faster than her Line Honours winning time in 1971.

Invoking the spirit of her 1970s run to Hobart all of her male crew members sported retro moustaches of that era – also raising money for the Movember charity – and all of the crew wore terry towelling hats.

Kialoa heads south © Crosbie Lorimer

Kialoa heads south © Crosbie Lorimer

We spoke to Paddy Broughton just after Kialoa II docked in Hobart to find out how they fared once they had lost the use of the boom and whether they would be back again.

by Bow Caddy Media

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