Guanabara Bay: One Year Later:
Environmental activists sailed across Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay on Saturday (Aug 5) to protest pollution in the city’s waterways and broken promises to clean them up around the 2016 Olympics.
The silent flotilla coincided with the one-year anniversary of the start of the Rio Games. The Brazilian city pledged in its Olympic bid to treat 80 percent of its water waste by the time the Games began, but failed to deliver on that promise.
Days ahead of the Games, a study commissioned by The Associated Press showed dangerously high levels of contamination.
Sergio Ricardo, founder of the collective Baia Viva, led about 50 activists and fishermen across Guanabara Bay. …
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Early lead for Dongfeng in Fastnet Race:
Cowes, UK (August 6, 2017) – Dongfeng Race Team stormed down the western Solent to lead the fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s in the Rolex Fastnet Race – part two of the Leg Zero qualifying series for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.
With 2.5 knots of outgoing tide against 18-21 knots of south westerly wind, the Chinese team, skippered by Charles Caudrelier, secured their lead by expertly covering the rest of the tightly bunched fleet.
The two red boats, MAPFRE and Dongfeng Racing won the start but the Spanish team were held up by bad wind coming off Nikata, the biggest boat in the race at 115 feet. In fact, all the Volvo Ocean Race sailors were challenged by having to sail around the r…
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