When a SWS yacht is complete and ready to be launched, the feeling of excitement for everyone involved is palpable. The launch represents a significant moment for both Southern Wind and the owner. To commemorate this momentous occasion, a big party is always held in celebration. Before the yacht tests the challenging waters of the ocean, she is christened in the traditional way, by breaking a bottle of fine South African champagne over the bow.  This ceremony marks a truly special moment for all those who have played a part in the yacht’s creation. After the launch, however, some intensive trial days lay ahead. When at sea, the yacht’s sails, equipment and systems are put to the test, along with any additional issues that may need to be rectified.