SHOSHOLOZA RSA 83

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il y a 13 ans 6 mois #31201 par pchanez
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A FIRST FOR SOUTH AFRICA!

The eyes of the sailing world were focussed on South Africa today when the hull of the world's first fully constructed new generation V5.0 America's Cup class yacht - Shosholoza RSA 83 - was revealed for the first time.

Ultra hi-tech with structural features that evolved from leading edge designs incorporating aerospace technology and research similar to that used in both aircraft and Formula One racing cars, it is the first America's Cup class yacht to be designed and built in South Africa.

It is also the first in the world to be purpose designed and fully constructed to meet the new Version 5.0 rule of the 2007 America's Cup.

The new V5.0 boats will weigh 24 tons - one ton lighter than the 2003 generation boats, have a deeper keel, and carry more sail area with spinnakers 8 percent bigger - all making the boat faster. The crew number has increased by an extra man to 17, plus an 18th man as a spectator on board.

The ultimate aim being to increase performance and bring more drama and razzmatazz to the race course of the 153 year old event which is expected to attract a television audience exceeding 4 billion world-wide.

South Africa's huge new hull, was trucked from a boat yard in Somerset West near Cape Town to the city's Royal Cape Yacht Club, the country's official America's Cup challenge club, where it was formally revealed to the public today during a festive champagne popping function.

Attended by national and city dignitaries, admirals of the SA Navy, and members of the local sailing community, the function also served as an official send-off for Team Shosholoza who leave for Europe next month (May)

Team Shosholoza's official chief sponsor is T-Systems, the business customer brand of Deutsche Telekom. Mediterranean Shipping Company, South Africa has sponsored the team since its inception a year ago.

The hull, sporting the distinctive Shosholoza graphics inspired by Ndebele and Zulu beadwork, was officially unveiled by Mrs Sandra Sarno, wife of Captain Salvatore Sarno, managing director and the driving force behind Team Shosholoza.

"What you see here today is the first evidence of the realization of our African Dream for the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy," said Capt Sarno, who is also chairman of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) South Africa.

"Any nation can enter the America's Cup but it is only the most technologically advanced countries in the world that can effectively do so.

"Our campaign is not only about sailing, but rather a perfect opportunity for showcasing South Africa's technology, incredible human initiative, skills and expertise in a way that few other international campaigns can," said Capt Sarno.

Capt Sarno said this first new yacht was the result of approximately 15 000 hours of research and design by a highly skilled and mainly local team led by leading British naval architect, Jason Ker.

This team is comprised of Specialist engineers, fluid dynamicists, experts in composite structures and other software experts who in many cases were previously involved in the South African aerospace industry.


The mainly local build team led by Tony Evans and Petri Vainio put in around 25 000 hours of build time since the November 2004 start of construction, creating the first truly advanced yacht structure to be built in Africa.

High security in both the Team Shosholoza design office and boat yard was strictly enforced to avoid information leaks on the advanced "oven baked" construction techniques and the unique design aspects during the six month build period.

Designer Jason Ker has pointed out that while the team was less than 10% of the way through its long-term hull research phase when construction started, this first yacht does give the team a great starting point from which to develop their second new and final race-yacht which will be used in the Americas Cup qualifying series in 2007.

The hull will leave Cape Town for Valencia, Spain tonight (Friday) aboard an MSC container ship.

She will be fully assembled and fitted with her keel and mast in Valencia where she will be officially launched as yacht Shosholoza RSA 83 in Mediterranean waters on May 19.

The Commodore of Royal Cape Yacht Club, Mr Russell Vollmer wished the team well for the upcoming six 2005 Louis Vuitton Acts or pre-America's Cup regattas which will be raced in Spain, Sweden and Sicily this year.

Messages of support were also given by Admiral Koos Louw of the SA Navy and Mr Wolfgang Jakob, CEO of T-Systems, South Africa, the business customer brand of Deutsche Telekom and the official chief sponsors of Team Shosholoza.



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il y a 13 ans 6 mois #31209 par Cédric F
Réponse de Cédric F sur le sujet SHOSHOLOZA RSA 83
Voilà qui me fait penser qu'une association pour faire renaviguer le premier class America Fra 1 s'est créée. Le bateau était en train de pourrir dans feu le conservatoire nationale de la plaisance à Bordeaux.

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