Team Shosholoza

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Team Shosholoza
Team Shosholoza
Yacht club Royal Cape Yacht Club
Nation South Africa
Team principal(s)Captain Salvatore Sarno
SkipperMark Sadler
Sail no.Boat name
RSA–48RSA 48
RSA–83RSA 83

Team Shosholoza is a yacht racing team representing Royal Cape Yacht Club of Cape Town, South Africa, competing in the 2007 America's Cup.

The name Shosholoza refers to a popular South African song and is used in an attempt to encompass the African spirit of the team.


The team's history goes back to when Ian Ainslie taught sailing skills to underprivileged youngsters in the navy village of Simon's Town and Captain Salvatore Sarno asked them to crew his Durban yacht. As the team improved the Captain began to talk about the America's Cup.

Soon he had bought RSA 48 and the team was practicing out of the Waterfront in Cape Town.[1]

In 2009, they competed in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, where they defeated defending champions Alinghi on the last day of the regatta's first round robin.[2]


Shosholoza currently owns two IACC Yachts. RSA 48 was bought for training purposes. The team was the first syndicate to build a boat, RSA 83, for the 2007 America's Cup.


  1. ^ Time Magazine: A New Kind Of Race
  2. ^ "Team Shosholoza produces stunning win over Alinghi". London: Guardian. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2013.

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