SATURDAY, July 19 - Olympic sailing duo battle algae

EXMOUTH'S Olympic sailing hopeful Joe Glanfield and his team-mate Nick Rogers are conducting their pre-Beijing training in less than ideal conditions - in knee-deep thick green algae. The algae, which has been likened to 'green wool', has taken over the c

EXMOUTH'S Olympic sailing hopeful Joe Glanfield and his team-mate Nick Rogers are conducting their pre-Beijing training in less than ideal conditions - in knee-deep thick green algae.The algae, which has been likened to 'green wool', has taken over the coastline of Qingdao - just weeks before it hosts the Olympic sailing regatta.It is something that most of the Olympic competitors have never experienced before - and are facing the algae for the first time. Joe, 28, from the Exe Sailing Club, and Nick are competing for Great Britain and won silver at the last Olympics. "It does make a difference," said Joe. "It's my job to look out for patches of algae to avoid, so we don't get it stuck on the boat, which would slow us down." Water quality has been a concern for the sailing events, given that many coastal Chinese cities dump untreated sewage into the sea.


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