Blue Shadow was launched in Grand Bay, Mauritius on 25th June 1975. She was the first deep-keeled sailing vessel to be launched in this region. Her owner, Port Louis harbour master Yves Betuel, had to have jetty built in Grand Bay specially for her launch.
Both her owner, port captain Yves Betuel (right), and boat builder, Nöel Maurel (in white) onboard during the launch.
She travelled by truck and trailer from the garden of boat builder, Nöel Maurel, to her launch place – the new jetty in Grand Bay.
Once the tide was high enough, she was lowered into the sea.
Notice how perfectly balanced she is while suspended from one cable.