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Sailing at the Rio Games? It’s Complicated, Tacticians Say

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Sugarloaf Mountain provided a picturesque backdrop for the Finn dinghies near Marina da Glória on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — After all the concern about what might be floating in Guanabara Bay during the Olympics, it was finally time on Monday for the sailors to start competing.

When they got to Marina da Glória, they were much more worried about how difficult the job was going to be than about how dirty the job was going to be.

“It’s superchallenging, this place, and I’m not talking about the pollution,” said Juan Ignacio Maegli, a three-time Olympian from Guatemala who raced in the men’s laser event Monday. “It’s especially challenging in the course inside the bay, the course where we’re today. There’s lots of current, and with the high mountains, the wind shifts a lot.”

The bay is a natural amphitheater: a spectacular one surrounded by 1,299-foot Sugarloaf Mountain and other granite monoliths, as well as beaches and man-made landmarks, including the Rio-Niterói Bridge, the Santos Dumont Airport…

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