Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

2016 Olympics- Brazil successfully improving water quality

by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz on 4 Aug 2014
Eco-boat in operation at Rio - July 31, 2014 © Juerg Kaufmann go4image.com http://www.go4image.com
Top international photographer, Juerg Knaufmann (SUI) has been in Rio de Janeiro at the venue for the 2016 Sailing Olympics and reports that the serious issues surrounding the water pollution at the race venue are being mitigated.

He writes:

After one week in Rio for me there are three points which are becoming apparent:

1: The water is still dirty, it smells even bad in some places, but most of the time specially during the day with the current it’s not so bad. I'm talking about the race courses until the bridge. There are still a lot of plastic bags and others floating around and I think they are the major risk at the moment for the sailors during the race.

2: Days ago our head coach did some water test and we did send the water to a independent lab to get a neutral view. Will get the final results in two days as they are in translation, but the bottom line, and it’s incredible, is that the water is within the accepted norm. We also saw a turtle today and some of our sailors saw some dolphins…serious. For sure the water is far away from what I’m used on our alpine lakes in Switzerland.

3: Looking back at the Stars Worlds four years ago here in Rio the water quality has really improved a lot. I remember we had a race in the future medal race course and I simply could not use any photo as the water was so brown and some times even black.


But now it’s different. If you look at the presentation below from the Mayor's office you will see what apparently has been done and what is planed until 2016.

We can complain about the water quality but probably we are experiencing a massive ecological change project.

The Games are in two years and being an outsider it’s difficult to predict what will happen until the Olympics.

The Chinese managed to solve the problem of algae, I hope the Brazilian will manage to solve their water management.

Below is a long presentation from the Mayor's Office, presented to media and team officials last week, which outlines the state of the pollution in the bay and the measures being undertaken to mitigate the issues and sources of pollution, before putting in place permanent solutions to the issues.

Wildwind 2016 660x82Zhik Yachting 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

My Road to Rio – Part 5 – Maria Erdi
Erdi booked her spot for Rio 2016 in the Laser Radial at the final opportunity, the European qualification event Erdi booked her spot for Rio 2016 in the Laser Radial at the final opportunity, the European qualification event in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Following nervously back in Balatonfured, Hungary was father Gabor, mother Gabriella and siblings Julia, Anna, Gabriella and Janos.
Posted on 29 Jun
My Best Olympic Race – Vasilij Zbogar
Memorable moments won’t always be the golden ones. They can be hitting a personal best, breaking a national record Speak to any athlete and ask them about a moment that defines their career. Whether it happened five days, five months, five years or even fifty years ago the chances are the memory of that moment is clearly engraved in their minds.
Posted on 27 Jun
Rio 2016 - Swiss 49er Grab Final Rio Berth - 49erFX Still Uncertain
It was a day to remember for Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean of Switzerland who claim the final berth for Rio 2016 It was a day to remember for Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean of Switzerland who claim the final berth for the 2016 Olympic games and will be competing in Rio. Sebastien was delighted posting, “Who would have thought so two years ago when I quit my little Laser Radial to jump in this crazy boat that is the 49er!”
Posted on 27 Jun
Two young members of the Team Tilt squad selected for the Rio Olympics
Sebastien and Lucien have been racing the 49er together for two years. They have quickly progressed up the ranks Some very encouraging results over the last few months combined with a place becoming available and the Swiss Olympic ‘Newcomer Rule’ mean that Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean will be heading to Rio this summer to represent their country at the Olympic Games.
Posted on 24 Jun
My Road to Rio - Part 4 - Chilean siblings
Run a Google search of parallel and it gives you the noun, a person or thing that is similar or analogous to another. Run a Google search of parallel and it gives you the noun, a person or thing that is similar or analogous to another. This description could not be more accurate for two Chilean sailing teams who draw distinct similarities in their game of life.
Posted on 22 Jun
Rio 2016 - Australian Sailing's gender imbalance queried in Parliament
An MP has questioned the gender imbalance in the Australian Sailing team for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio The gender imbalance in the Australian Sailing team selected for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro was queried in the Victorian State Parliament on Tuesday. Victoria, Australia, is the host state for the Final of the 2016 World Sailing Cup in December.
Posted on 22 Jun
Australian Gold medalist says bystanders watched armed robbery in Rio
Liesl Tesch recounts being robbed along with coach Sarah Ross on Sunday morning Liesl Tesch, a six time Olympian, along with coach Sarah Ross, was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday morning local time, in Rio de Janeiro in the third incident in a month involving sailors and firearms. 'As we passed the back of the bus stop over the road from our house, two people jumped out from behind/beside the bus stop in front of me.'
Posted on 20 Jun
My Best Olympic Race – Dorian van Rijsselberge
Reaching an accomplishment can take a matter of days, months or even years but many know what it takes. Reaching an accomplishment can take a matter of days, months or even years but many know what it takes. Tying your shoe laces for the first time as a young child is an achievement, playing your first note on a guitar, getting those grades to get into college or delivering a knockout presentation to seal a deal. We’ve all been there.
Posted on 20 Jun
Rio's financial woes before Olympic Games
First it was Zika, and as if that was not big enough of an issue. First it was Zika, and as if that was not big enough of an issue. Then there were the super-bugs that have infected the beaches and also the water courses where Rowing, Triathlon, Sailing and other sports will be held. Before that there was the impeachment of the President, Dilma Rousseff, adding more politics to the equation.
Posted on 19 Jun
Throwback Thursday - Rome 1960, a right Royal regatta
Rome 1960 was the first time ever the Olympic Games was televised around the world Rome 1960 was the first time ever the Olympic Games was televised around the world, arguably the first step on the road to becoming the global mega event we will see in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in just 50 days’ time.
Posted on 17 Jun