'Jason KER and his crew did a first-class job,' announced Managing Director Salvatore SARNO. 'The result of an intensive five-month period of design and boat-building work.' All the Shosholoza crew members, who have already arrived in Valencia, are keen and all geared up to take the yacht into the sea for sea trials.
The new yacht RSA 83 is 26 metres long, 4.5 metres wide and weighs 24 tonnes, while the mast's height is 35 metres. Some two weeks before the christening, the boat's hull arrived in Valencia from South Africa, so the construction team had to work feverishly day and night to finish the boat. Finally, the mast of the new Shosholoza yacht was placed into position a few days before the christening.
© Team Shosholoza
Rita BARBERÁ, mayor of Valencia, officially christened the Yacht Shosholoza RSA 83 yesterday evening. The African passion and spirit of the South African team in Spain generated enthusiasm not only in representatives of other America's Cup teams, such as Alinghi (SUI) and Luna Rossa (ITA), but also in the various South African personalities who were invited to the event. South African Ambassador Gert GROBLER, for example, talked about a rich cultural exchange taking place, 'A new era has begun in which South African enjoyment of life joins together with the traditions of the America's Cup.'