'It's not Auckland harbour': Rio sewage a concern for Kiwi Olympic sailors


Security and sewage remain key talking points for our Olympic sailing hopefuls on the eve of their departure for Rio.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke accept that there's little they can do about the state of the Olympic courses.
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The squad is heading for a secret destination away from the Olympic village as four years of planning and preparation for all eventualities come to fruition.

Peter Burling an Blair Tuke are looking to go one better than silver in London in 2012. The multiple world champions are hoping their training and the precautions they've taken will help them deliver on the notoriously polluted waters of Rio.

"We've said all along, it's not Auckland harbour," said Tuke. "It's not clean but it is what it is and we've got things in place to try and deal with that.

Cleanliness is the watchword ingrained in all the New Zealand sailors.

"You can't take your water bottle and put it in your mouth and then wipe your mouth or wipe your eyes. Your eye is a fantastic point of entry for infection so everything at the end of the day has to be wiped off," Yachting NZ chief executive David Abercrombie said.

The precautions are paying dividends for the sailors who have already trained in Rio half-a-dozen times.

"We've been pretty fortunate not to get too sick and we've had really good experiences in Rio so hopefully that continues for this last trip," said 49er FX champion Alex Maloney.

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