Dear Fellow Sailors and MNA Leadership:
This is the third time that ISAF has held the Olympics in polluted waters: Spain, China and now Brazil. What this means is that ISAF supports polluting the world's oceans. You could make a stance and move the sailing venue to a clean water site and make it known how critical clean water is not just for sailing, but the health of the world. We're waiting for you to make a good and lasting impression that you can take a leadership position on.
Albert Einstein said, "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." The 2014 Test Event in Rio failed, people became ill, boats were damaged running into garbage and one boat was stopped by garbage moving from 1st to last place trying to clear their centerboard in one race. That is a game of chance, not a field of fair play. Alas, here you go again, expecting a different outcome in August. This makes no sense to us who are observing.
Move Sailing out of Rio and to a new venue like Buzios, Brazil, it is not too late for you to speak up.
Since I last wrote all of the heads of the MNA's worldwide, I have written the following articles if you are still unsure what you need to do. The three bolded articles relate the best:
2016 Olympic Sailing in Guanabara Bay, Am I Tilting at Windmills? Part 2
2016 Olympic Sailing in Guanabara Bay, Am I Tilting at Windmills? Part 1
The International Sailing Federation and All Member National Authorities Support Polluting the World's Oceans
Yachting Journalists' Association says, Move the 2016 Olympics out of Guanabara Bay NOW
Preparing to say, "I Told You So" for the 2016 Sailing Olympics
Things Die in Guanabara Bay, Where the 2016 Sailing Olympics Is to be Held
Trust but Verify, 2016 Sailing Olympics at Guanabara Bay
How Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics Is Now, and is Planning Forever, to Produce a Bad Image for Sailing
Can Sailing in the Olympics Kill You?
Brazilian Ricardo Lobato Wants 2016 Olympic Sailing to Stay in Rio
And yesterday, I sent the following to the new ISAF Chief Executive:
Like a pit bull who won't let go of the ankle, I shall continue to remind the world (all articles are sent to 600 maritime journalists worldwide) and yourselves at every opportunity that arises.
Glenn T. McCarthy