Staff, 2022-12-26 00:15:54,
Pictures by Rodger Bosch. Video by Saawmiet Moos
The first time he saw the ocean, Sibusiso Sizatu thought that, with all that water, it must have been a very large lake.
A couple of decades later, the former herd boy is getting ready to sail across that same ocean in an iconic race, helming an all-South African team that hopes to inspire a new generation of black yachtsmen.
“It’s gonna be an eye-opener for the youngsters out there,” Sizatu, 30, wearing a white polo shirt, told AFP standing on a Cape Town dock besides his boat, the Alexforbes ArchAngel.
The ArchAngel is to set sail for Rio de Janeiro on January 2, as part of the 50th edition of the Cape2Rio race.
It will be racing against more than a dozen other boats from five countries to cover the more than 6,000 kilometres (3,728 miles) of Atlantic waters separating the two cities.
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