Is Rio Ready for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Games, TEST RESULTS.

With 55 nations competing this past week in Rio at the 2015 Aquece Test Event (their words, not mine), and 380 sailors, in 10 different classes, in 240 boats, and 105 races over 7 days of competition, for those of you who are interested in the race results, here they are.  A special shout out... Read more »

KPC Super Bug in Guanabara Bay

On December 16, 2014 it was announced that there is a Super Bacteria Enzyme KPC (Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase) in Guanabara Bay waters, near the 2016 Olympic Sailing regatta marina. Rio’s renowned Oswaldo Cruz Institute did the testing and discovered its presence.  KPC is drug resistant requiring hospitalization to treat, the symptoms include ”urinary, gastrointestinal and pulmonary infections,”... Read more »

What is There to Hide in Guanabara Bay, the Current Site of the 2016 Sailing Olympics?

We don’t know. We really don’t know.  You see, of all of the water quality tests that have been performed by different organizations, NONE of them have published their results. The International Olympic Committee has been doing water testing every other week.  We don’t see it.  The United States Olympic Committee has done water testing,... Read more »

Water Testing Investigation Proves that Guanabara Bay Must be Abandoned for the 2016 Olympics Immediately

Back in October 2014, I drove to Milwaukee, WI from Chicago, IL where an official from US Sailing had said I could get a copy of the water quality tests of Guanabara Bay performed by the United States Olympic Commmittee (USOC).  The story changed, and I was told that the report was sworn to secrecy. ... Read more »

The International Olympic Committee says Guanabara Bay is Rio's Biggest Challenge

According to AFP News Service article today, IOC Chief Thomas Bach acknowledges that Guanabara Bay is bad.  Alas, he takes no position and continues to accept promises from the Rio Organizing Committee that the venue will work.  Yahoo! Sports Article The International Olympic Committee is now on record accepting the conditions of Guanabara Bay and the continued... Read more »

The Olympic Sailing Aquece Test Event, August 13 - 22, 2015, Pass or Fail.

In 2014, the International Sailing Federation ran the first “Aquece Test Event” (their words, not mine) in Guanabara Bay in the City of Rio de Janeiro.  A sailor became ill, another was in first place hit trash that stopped them and watched all other boats pass them as they desperately cleared the debris and rounded... Read more »

3rd Message to Sailing Leadership Worldwide

Just to make sure that the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) cannot hide and pretend that they are not aware of these articles, I sent a 3rd email to the leadership of the country members of ISAF on July 7, 2015 via email - Dear Fellow Sailors and MNA Leadership: This is the third time that ISAF... Read more »

The Rio de Janeiro Organizing Committee Lied

As pointed out previously, Rio de Janeiro has started and stopped efforts for decades to clean the waters of Guanabara Bay under the Christ the Redeemer statue up on Sugar Loaf mountain.  Each time they failed.  It is a combination of lack of political will and corruption. Along comes the 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro makes another... Read more »

Could Sailing Be Dropped from the Olympics in the Future?

Yes, or No. Some have expressed concern that if the International Sailing Federation moves the 2016 Olympic Sailing Games out of Guanabara Bay to another venue in Brazil it will bring negative publicity to Sailing.  They have concerns that Sailing doesn’t produce revenue for the IOC and loses money hosting the sport.  They feel afraid... Read more »

A New Reason to Move the 2016 Sailing Olympics - The Venue is Not Ready

A judge just ordered the suspension of a $18.8 million dollar rehabilitation project of the Gloria Marina where the Olympic Sailing Games are to be held. It would lead to cutting down too many trees damaging the environment. The “Green” sport of sailing continues to get a black eye from the decision to sail in... Read more »