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Sizatu leads the Alexforbes Archangel Team To Fly the South African Flag High In Rio

The Alexforbes Archangel in the iconic Cape2rio race will make history by participating as the first complete crew from marginalized communities to make sure of a mark. The team's yacht will leave Cape Town for Rio on Monday, 2 January 2022, and sail 3 300 nautical miles across the South Atlantic Ocean.

The sailors, hailing from Masiphumelele, Khayelitsha, Grassy Park, and Athlone, have been trained by the Royal Cape Yacht Club [ RCYC] sailing academy and are sponsored by Alexforbes.

Sibusiso Sizatu will captain the Alexforbes Archangel. He will lead the team of Daniel Agulhas, 29, Renaldo Tshepo Mohale, 29, Thando Mntambo, 23, Azile Arosi, 22, and Justin Peters, 21.

General manager of the Royal Cape Yacht Club, Toni Mainprize, said he is delighted to have Sizatu as the captain. They saw potential in the skipper to grow and flourish and embarked on a plan to invest in years of training and believe he will do an excellent job.

"He has embarked on it all and thrived, and he is a pleasure to have on the team. Yet again, he has impressed by embracing this new challenge of skippering a boat and team in the Cape2Rio race. We are exceptionally proud of him," Mainprize said.

The captain has shared his sentiments, and he said this is a dream come true to compete in such an event. He thanked Alexforbes because they backed them and were willing to go with the team.

"My dream was to race Cape2Rio with a 100 percent academy sailing crew, and our team stood strong throughout the one-and-a-half-year search for a sponsor. When we heard Alexforbes was backing us, I just wanted to go and celebrate," he said.

Viresh Maharaj, an executive for strategy and customer experience at Alexforbes, said that Sizatu's character embodies grit, determination, and passion for succeeding.

"In him, there is humility, leadership, and a sense of purpose that aligns with our company's vision of being impactful on the society in which we operate," he said.

Being a leader is not an easy task; it requires determination and skills. The Eastern Cape-born sailor believes he has what it takes to help the younger sailors improve in the sport.

"I had a lot of coaches and people who helped me in my sailing career, and I wanted to do that, to give back and help those kids who want to learn. My coaches inspired and encouraged me, and now I get to introduce other kids to the sport and teach them how to sail," he said.

The sailing competition will take place around the summertime in Cape Town, South Africa, but in other parts of the world, it will be a different season. The challenging part will be adapting to different climates.

Situ alludes to the chances of the team in the race. He said it would all come down to the weather and being able to adapt.

"If we have good conditions, we have a good chance of being on the podium. The first achievement will be to get there - winning will be a bonus."

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