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    Posted: 20 May 14 at 1:52pm
Just been reading this article on the water quality in Brazil where they will be hosting the Olympic sailing - article here

Looks like competitors will be facing raw sewage, floating debris, waste and dog corpses...nice

Just made me think about the worst places I've sailed in the UK. Sorry to anyone on here that is a member, but Stewartby Lake in the 1990's used to be horrible in the summer. Thick weed growths, blue-green algae and the sulphur smell of brickworks. It did a lot to build up my tolerance for lake sailing, not to mention what it probably did for my immune system! I'm sure its a lot nicer now.

I'll also add the Caledonian Canal to this. Mid-summer and I was eaten alive by Scottish midges - very unpleasant considering the backdrop!

I'm sure people can top that experience

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The brickworks at Stewartby are long gone, there is a nice country park next to it now. Even the landfill site is earthed over and they are harvesting the methane from it.
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I had the boat in a car park on the back of the car the other day. No water for miles. Really poor place to go sailing.
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I righted a Laser II at Uni sailing on the Tyne, now considering the footwell isn't much bigger than a normal laser, we managed to haul over a fish head and a 'Tyne Salmon'... I didn't investigate whether it was one of Durex or Mates lineage.  

I know one guy who had to get HIV and Hep tested after stepping on a syringe on South Shields beach... well that was the story he said anyway, probably just had a dirty night with one of the girls from the Scottish Unis.

I guess that was personally topped-off by an event Craiggo ran out of Elton SC - nothing wrong with the club itself, boats were a bit dodge, but the key issue was one of my team mates getting shot by the local scallies and spending the rest of saturday evening in A&E somewhere in Salford.  Not pleasant.


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Kneewrecker wins - all of that sounds horrific
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Sailing model boats....Birkenhead Model Boat Club when I was a teen in the 50/60's. Just think about it.....mind you that was pre syringe and beer came in bottles. My home club was Clapham. Not bad there but a couple of murders I remember.
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It was a top event James It was only fair to introduce you Durham boys to a bit of proper inner city survival.

Worst place to sail? Sorry but I never enjoyed Paignton even though I went back year after year in the 600, and Hayling has never done it for me. It's too shallow inside the bar, and a pain in the arse to get outside in a nice blow.

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What was Chess Sailing Club on Rickmansworth Aquadrome many years ago. Nice enough surroundings and clean but it was so small we had to do a dozen or so laps to get an hours race in any breeze. It was also open to members of the public who, apart from filling the place with canoes and rubber dinghies, you had to avoid swimmers and...if you were six foot+ you could tip toe out into the middle of the lake keeping just your lips above the water. Am sure my wake nearly drowned a few.
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I remember my school "sailing club" (I think there were about three members) using what was basically a small ornamental pond half covered in water lilies and surrounded by tall trees. "Sailing" was basically an excuse to skive off tedious things like cricket. About 20 years later they built Rutland Water....
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Originally posted by craiggo

It was a top event James  

ANUSC '99 IIRC... can you believe that was 15 years ago?
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