About as old as the earth itself

Published on December 15th, 2014

Inducted into the U.S. National Sailing Hall of Fame, Jim Kilroy’s ocean racing yachts, all name Kialoa, amassed a record of victories that remains unrivaled in the highest levels of Grand Prix racing. Equally successful in business, Kilroy’s autobiography Kialoa US-1 – Dare to Win provides the no-hold-barred, behind the scenes story of commerce and competition.

Here’s an excerpt by Dwight Chapin of the Los Angeles Times…

“The longer you sail,” said John B. (Jim) Kilroy, “the more you’ll find what an indefinable subject it is. You open one door and you find two. You open two and you find four. Perhaps the main thing the sea holds for you is that it’s never the same. The water, the clouds, the navigation, the wind…they’re always changing.”

Jim Kilroy, highly successful businessman, head of Los Angeles’ 1984 Olympic Games effort, and sailor, was talking about a subject about as old as the earth itself. He was talking about what makes a man get into a boat and go out to sea.

“Sailing shows the relative insignificance of the individual,” he said. “You’re engaging in a fundamental relationship with nature, an attempt to harness nature for your own benefit.”

The book, Kialoa US-1 – Dare to Win, can be found HERE

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