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Topic: Unsafe sailing venue?
Posted By: Jack Sparrow
Subject: Unsafe sailing venue?
Date Posted: 30 Jul 15 at 5:21pm
"Not one water venue [is] safe for swimming or boating, according to global water experts.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d92f6af5121f49d982601a657d745e95/ap-investigation-rios-olympic-water-rife-sewage-virus" rel="nofollow - http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d92f6af5121f49d982601a657d745e95/ap-investigation-rios-olympic-water-rife-sewage-virus

Umm... this will be interesting 


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Posted By: MerlinMags
Date Posted: 31 Jul 15 at 4:19pm
Here's the official statement from ISAF.

http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/184665/ISAF-Statement-ahead-of-Aquece-Rio-Test-Event" rel="nofollow - www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/184665/ISAF-Statement-ahead-of-Aquece-Rio-Test-Event


Posted By: Jack Sparrow
Date Posted: 31 Jul 15 at 4:54pm
That article, official or not, just reads like PR, which it is. Given that ISAF is crapping it's self about having sailing chucked out of the games. I doubt we will see a forceful statement from them about this. In the mean time I wonder how many illnesses our and other nations sailors will pick up?

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Posted By: JimC
Date Posted: 31 Jul 15 at 5:09pm
Bearing in mind there's already been lots of sailing there in recent years there ought to be pretty good data about how many illnesses the sailors pick up.

Must admit I can remember the days when half the fleet I was in at the time used to go down with bugs the week after the Weston grand slam.


Posted By: Caveman
Date Posted: 31 Jul 15 at 5:40pm
So the World's top sailors at the World's most prestigious sailing event will be risking their health as a result of exposure to raw sewage? That is pretty shameful. Mind you, I have sailed in a few places around the UK that were not great. Plus I well remember the stroll my girlfriend and I took along the otherwise fantastic beach at Lytham St Anne's. It wasn't fish that we spotted in shallows. 

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Posted By: tgruitt
Date Posted: 31 Jul 15 at 9:08pm
Originally posted by JimC

Bearing in mind there's already been lots of sailing there in recent years there ought to be pretty good data about how many illnesses the sailors pick up.

Must admit I can remember the days when half the fleet I was in at the time used to go down with bugs the week after the Weston grand slam.


Looked and smelled pretty awful when I was there in 2009...


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Posted By: Rupert
Date Posted: 03 Aug 15 at 7:39am
This has been in the news for a couple of years at least, yet there seems no interest from anywhere in doing anything about it. Too late now, I'd say, as any money put aside when they said it would be cleaned up will have vanished.

The other ignored thing was sailors being mugged between sailing and hotel.

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Posted By: Woodburner
Date Posted: 03 Aug 15 at 12:01pm
We're hardly in a position to comment, South West Water are still pouring raw sewage into the sea off Devon and Cornwall.

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Posted By: Jack Sparrow
Date Posted: 21 Aug 15 at 2:28pm
Ummm.... so it seems that the sailing venue in Rio is NOT safe at all. Well done ISAF for looking after your competitors:

http://sailinganarchy.com/2015/08/19/outbreak/

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Posted By: I luv Wight
Date Posted: 21 Aug 15 at 8:22pm
I recall sailing past a lot of 'logs' at Harwich 1980's on the way out of the harbour.


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Posted By: Oinks
Date Posted: 06 Oct 15 at 11:14pm
I remember a Fireball event at Hayling in the eighties when Chichester Harbour was having some sort of issue. A song struck up in the bar "I'm riding along on the crest of a wave when a t**d flew past my ear..." and on it went....

And the area of Poole Harbour that exited from the town quay was fondly known as Pooh Corner amongst some of our club members.

...and we survived to tell the tale!


Posted By: sargesail
Date Posted: 06 Oct 15 at 11:45pm
One of the first things I taught my kids:

Don't capsize near a mark called 'Sewer'


Posted By: iGRF
Date Posted: 07 Oct 15 at 2:36pm
Had my first sea water induced gastro enteritus bout this year last week after a particularly windy session in an L3k every time I went to speak i got a mouth full and eventually some went down, that night up all night, why? because it had been raining a lot a few days before and when it rains Southern Water use the short sea outfall just off our club.
A week or two prior to that it was a really sunny day offshore wind, flat blue sky blue sea except for this brown satin oozing up a couple of t yards out and upwind in a SW of our place, it really is disgusting that now in this day and age this still goes on. Particularly when i get a water bill for 115% of my actual water received bill for sewage disposal and their profits and the money they pay their chief executive, it makes you want to go and deliver some of their product to his desk.

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Posted By: kneewrecker
Date Posted: 07 Oct 15 at 6:37pm
Fly the red flag Grumpf... Corbyn'll listen....


Posted By: Caveman
Date Posted: 07 Oct 15 at 9:25pm
I don't find this issue that funny. Sooner or later, a large proportion of us will succumb to the viruses and bacteria in the sea even if we sail inland.  It could be some dodgy shellfish at a posh restaurant or a child playing in a rock pool at the seaside.  I am pretty sure my family has been affected in the past. And while most people only suffer tummy upsets some succumb to serious, life changing illnesses.   

Irrespective of political persuasion my view of politicians  is that they are focussed solely on being re-elected. So their decisions on what to spend money on are arrived at after calculating the ratio of  finances committed to additional votes won. In this case it appears that there are more profitable bandwagons to jump on.   


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Posted By: Rupert
Date Posted: 07 Oct 15 at 10:19pm
Agreed, caveman. My worst bout was back in the early 90s, so bad the doc had to come out in the night and give me an injection to stop the vomiting. Since then, Aberystwyth harbour has been cleaned up massively, with a new sewage works. I didn't realise it was still as bad elsewhere.

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Posted By: rogerd
Date Posted: 08 Oct 15 at 8:08am

Coastal areas are so much cleaner than in the 70s when was sailing the solent. As kids we used to sit on the end of the jetty at the Folly Inn and count the jonny`s going by on the ebb tide.

Swimming at Bembridge was literally going through the motions. eeewwww.



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