||YJA Chairman Barry Pickthall returns to the issues of pollution in the waters of Guanabera Bay ahead of next month's Rio Olympics
Mark Jardine and his team at Sailworld.com are to be congratulated for their continued media campaign to clean up the waters off Rio before next month’s Olympic regatta…
And should any crews have their chances of medals ruined by illness during the regatta, those responsible for selecting this poisoned venue should be named and shamed for their half-hearted efforts to deal with the issue._
For the past two years, journalists the world over have been flagging up the dangers of holding the Olympic regatta while raw sewage is being pumped directly into the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay.
Last year The Yachting Journalists’ Association weighed in with a hard-hitting and well publicised critical comment penned by Chairman Paul Gelder, urging immediate action, but World Sailing officials kept their heads firmly set in the sands, saying simply that plans were in place to improve water quality to meet Brazilian standards.
World Sailing could and should have pressed for a major clean up of Rio waters or moved the venue, but simply twiddled their fingers. We congratulate Richard Gladwell and Sail-World for their unstinting campaign.
If any Olympic sailors miss the chance of winning a medal because they fall ill, Carlo Croce, the President of World Sailing and his Olympic Committee deserve to be ceremonially dunked head-first into the same shitty mess.