Rio Games: Safe Sailing Requires Protection:
Obsessive hand washing, mouthwashes, downing cola after races and popping garlic tablets are just some of the precautions Britain’s Olympic sailing team will be taking for the Games in Rio.
With the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay a concern and the Zika virus also a worry, the athletes are taking no chances as they seek to improve on Britain’s 2012 home tally of five medals and regain the advantage they lost to Australia.
Giles Scott, who has taken over the men’s Finn single-handed class mantle from sailing’s most successful Olympian Ben Ainslie, said the focus is on getting as much time on the water as possible in Rio to help conquer the vagaries of…
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Clipper Race: Riding the Kuro Shio Current:
(March 5, 2016; Day 7) – The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams have been contending with light, fluky winds and squally rain clouds during the Ocean Sprint, but have had a boost from the strong Kuro Shio current.
Garmin is still leading the fleet in The Sailing City • Qingdao Cup to China, but its lead has decreased to 12.68 nautical miles. Now second-placed Derry~Londonderry~Doire is chasing hard and aiming to record a faster Ocean Sprint time, having made impressive progress over the last 12 hours.
LMAX Exchange, which has dropped a place into third, is 49.36 nM behind the leader. GREAT Britain, now in fourth, is 74.41 nM behind Garmin having suffered a frus…
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