Why is risk management so challenging for large organizations?

Chronicle of a announced storm at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Nobody wants to read a bad story of a storm at sea in these days. No worries, all went well but I learned a big lesson with this storm and this is worth sharing and to read in these coronavirus days

Chronicle of a announced storm at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Nobody wants to read a bad story of a storm at sea in these days.

No worries, all went well but I learned a big lesson with this storm and this is worth sharing and to read in these coronavirus days.

Click on the images to see more photos from the Rio 2016 Olympic games.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Sailing 15th August 2016

We are at the daily media briefing, for us sailing photographers this briefing is mandatory as we work on the play of field during the event. Due to the nature of our sport we are very close to the athletes/boats while they are racing, actually even closer than the coaches.

We knew a storm will come over the Guanabara Bay, but we didn’t know how bad this storm will be. I remember that day I challenged the media manager asking why are you not briefing the media people about the upcoming storm.
We can shoot in storm but you need to be ready for it, clothing, life jackets, protection for the equipment, boat needs to be ready to etc.
They didn’t took it to serious, somehow I asked myself, maybe I’m too nervous or I simply see it bigger as it may be. But my weather forecast tools where clear.

All the boats left the harbor and went out on the racecourse anyway. It was a warm day no wind and the usual humidity. Looked like a boring no wind day.
Out on the Guanabara Bay, I did a few images about of the sugarloaf of Rio. While taking these photos I felt an uncomfortable calm, sometimes you have this Déjà vu feeling, it’s way to calm, something is wrong but you can’t find the explanation.

Brazil Rio de Janeiro August 2016 Marina di Gloria, Rio 2016 Olympic Games, ©Jürg Kaufmann go4image.com

A bit later we left the Bay to the outside course in the open sea.
Once after a bit of a ride we came close to the starting vessel and we found a fresh breeze but the wind was shifting a lot, I knew this can’t be any good.
I Looked at the clouds, was expecting a black big front coming in, but could not see any. The crew on the starting vessel/race management just had to cancel the starting procedure due to the wind shift.

Brazil Rio de Janeiro August 2016 Marina di Gloria, Rio 2016 Olympic Games, ©Jürg Kaufmann go4image.com

Suddenly, less than 5 minutes later the water flew horizontally over the Olympic racecourse the radio communication got more and more intense and around us, we could see boats capsizing, breaking masts and sails.

One hour later standing safe on the pier in the Marina de Gloria I asked myself, how this can happen at the Olympic games. What went wrong the best meteo specialist of the world where onsite at the Olympic games. I’m sure the information was available like it was for me already in the morning.

Yesterday Tokyo 2020 has been postponed, just had a longer conversation with my colleague Daniel Forster who is working in the Olympic circuit since the Summer Olympic Game 1972 and he doesn’t remember anything similar during all these years.

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I knew about a virus in China since the beginning of January, ⁠we even went to buy some Vitamin C pills, but who would have expected such a situation.
We humans are great we are intelligent but how comes that we make such mistakes once we work in bigger organization or teams.

I hope the world will learn what’s necessary out of this Coronavirus crisis. We know since many years that Climate Change is serious but we still struggle to take the necessary measures.

Many say the world after the Coronavirus will not be the same, I really hope we will learn the important lessons, hopefully also about climate change and make the right decisions for our plant and for us.

Newsletter 1/2016


Das Jahr 2016 ist kraftvoll gestartet und schon sind wir im Frühlingsmonat März.
Die letzten Monate waren voll mit spannenden Photoshootings, wie z.B. das mit dem Swiss Speedskating Team auf dem Eis und im Studio.

5 Jahre ist es her seit der letzten Pure Sailing Passion Tournee. Zusammen mit dem Crusing Club Schweiz Region Basel präsentieren wir am 23. März eine Multivision mit meinen schönsten Aufnahmen der letzten Jahre.

2016 Pure Sailing Passion Show

5 Jahre ist es her seit der letzten Pure Sailing Passion Tourne. In der Zwischenzeit konnte ich viele neue schöne und spannende Photos schiessen.
Ich freue mich richtig eine Auswahl davon am Abend vom 23. März in Basel zu zeigen. Neben der Vorschau auf Rio 2016 Olympischen Spiele werden auch Zeitlose Bilder über die berühmten J Class Yachten und viele andere schöne Momente der nautischen Welt zu sehen sein.
Portraits Fotografie ist seit einigen Jahren ein wichtiger Teil meiner Arbeit geworden.
Pure Personality ist das Thema. Es fasziniert mich immer wieder aufs Neue, die Stärke der Persönlichkeit zu entdecken und mit der Kamera fest zu halten. Dafür planen wir noch eine Überraschung.

Datum & Ort:
23. März 2016 Hofmattsaal Münchenstein Basel 20:00

Die Vorbereitungen laufen gut, die Partner sind voll mit dabei und zusammen haben wir schon über 200 der 350 Tickets verkauft.

 Der Verkauf läuft über Ticketino.
Details über den Anlass

Ein spezieller Dank an den CCS Region Basel, Photomarlin und das Wave Magazin.



There are happy days and not so happy days in live…today is a very happy day.

Let’s call it Swiss Olympic efficeincy as today I got my accreditation for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
This will be the third Olympic Games after Beijing in 2008 and London 2012…

Now it time to learn barazilian….Tudo bem or Tudo bom?
Simple: if asked, “Tudo bem?” you reply “Tudo bom.” If asked, “Tudo bom?” reply “Tudo bem.”

Water Quality in Guanabara Bay Rio


After one week in Rio there are three points wo seem apparent about the water quality.

First, the water is still dirty, and it smells bad in some places.  Most of the day though, especially with the current running, it’s not so bad.  The race course that will be near the bridge still has lots of plastic bags and floating debris around; those seem to be the major risk for sailors at the moment.

Second is the water quality: Days ago, our head coach took some samples and sent to an independent lab for review.  We will have final results in a couple of days, but (and this is incredible), the water quality is within normal limits!  For sure, the water quality is far, far from what I’m used to on our alpine lakes in Switzerland, but still, we saw a turtle today and some of our sailors saw dolphins, so that’s good news.

Third, I remember the Star Worlds here 4 years ago here in Rio, and since then, the water quality has improved A LOT.  We had a race on the future medal course back then, and the water was so horribly brown and even black at times that I couldn’t use a single photo from that race.

We can complain about the water quality, but the reality is that we are seeing a major ecological change here on Brazil’s shore.  Being an outsider it is hard to predict what will happen come 2016, but if the Chinese could solve hundreds of tons worth of algae, it’s not hard to hope that the Brazilians will solve their water management issues.


Ab in die Berge bevor es nach London 2012 geht

WILDHORN – Images by Juerg Kaufmann

Die Olympischen Spiele kommen immer wie näher nun dauert es noch ein Woche bis der ganze Rummel anfängt und wir von Regattafeld zu Regattafeld in Weymouth hetzen.  Ja nichts zu verpassen, dass wir in die Kamera kriegen sollten. An den letzten Spielen war so viel los das ich am Schluss 5Kg weniger auf der Waage hatte. Dieses mal wird es hoffentlich nicht so hektisch auch wenn sich das Thema Ernährung nicht viel besser aussieht. England ist ja nicht gerade bekannt für die gute Küche.
4 Jahre habe wir uns darauf vorbereitet, unglaublich wie viel Aufwand hinter so einer Olympiade steckt und nun gilt es ernst. Jede Weltmeisterschaft die gesegelt wurde in den letzten 4 Jahren war wichtig aber trotzdem kommt keine an die Olympischen spiele ran.
Um den Kopf etwas zu lüften vor der Abreise an die Olympiade war ich ein paar Tage in den Bergen, meine Lieblingsort im Berner Oberland oberhalb von Gstaad Lauenen die Wildhorn Region.
Die nächsten Bilder kommen dann aus Weymouth England in ca. 1 Woche.

Auf nach London 2012

4 Jahre Vorbereitung sind Erinnerungen, X Stunden bei allen möglichen Witterungen auf dem Boot, X Stunden im Fitness, X Stunden reisen, X Stunden am Boot arbeten aber auch X Bilder, jetzte will ich einfach nach Weymouth gehen und das Ding durchziehen….let’s go and enjoy it!!!!

Xie Xie China

Xie Xie in mandarino significa grazie e si pronuncia “cie cie”, hanno dato tutto quello che potevano per trasformare queste Olimpiadi in una bella festa. Non per parlarne della cerimonia di chiusura che no ho vissuto in prima persona.

Sono sul viaggio di ritorno e mi sono fermato 2 giorni a Shanghai per vedere un po di China al di fuori dal villaggio Olimpico e di Qingdao. Sfortunatamente piove fortemente e cosi sono in albergo e scrivo un po.

Gli ultimi giorni a Qingdao erano particolarmente intensi, incominciando con la medal race di Flavio ed Enrico sulla Star: buona partenza, terzi alla boa di bolina, “ultimi” alla boa di poppa ed un recupero da eroi nella prossima bolina fino al secondo posto e poi finire sul scondo posto. La medaglia non ci e stata, gli punti persi nelle prime prove pesavano troppo pero bella prestazione. Bravi!!!

Il giorno della partenza da Qingdao era anche un po particolare. Dopo che gli Chinesi del centro stampa hanno scoperto che il mio volo era solo alle 23.00 non cera mezzo per evitare la cerminonia di chiusura di Qingdao, non so come mai ma dovevo scattare delle foto a tutti costi. Non mi dispiaceva perché gli unici fotografi rimasti era Carlo Borlenghi ed io cosi l’ho fatto assieme a Carlo.
Fino qui tutto bene, hanno organizzato tutta una serie di trasporti per fare in modo che la partenza dallo stadio, caricare le borse in albergo e poi portarmi in aeroporto doveva funzionare alla perfezione. Non fu cosi, l’ultimo trasporto era in ritardo e cosi ho perso la prima volta l’aereo. Per la manager (donna) del centro stampa era un disastro si e scusata in tutti modi possibili e quasi non osava più a guardarmi dalla vergogna. Pero quello che ne e uscito dopo era geniale.

Mi sono trovato in un vero KTV Chinese (Karaoke TV) con un gruppo di volontari del centro stampa e nel fra tempo mi hanno organizzato il nuovo volo, trasporto ed albergo per la notte.
Consequnza ho giocato una specie di indianata Chinese di birra con dei dadi tutta la notte con Chinesi nel KTV dove le ragezza del centro stampa continuavano a cantare in Chinese ed io bere Qingdao birra perche chairmente gli Chinesi erano piu bravi. Ogni tre po caraciavano la canzone “I am sailing I am sailing” per fare cantare pure me.
Per fortuna la nostra costituzione sopporta meglio l’ alcool dei Chinesi cosi ce l’ho fatta a sopravvivere più o meno bene la notte.

Il giorno dopo cioè un paio di ore dopo chiaramente mi hanno accompagnato in aereoporto. Stranamente mi hanno portato dritto all check in della first class, il resto si spiega da solo, peccato che il volo e durato poco meno di 2 ore.

Domani torno a casa per un fine settimana tranquillo perché il lunedì dopo si va a St. Moritz per il match race.

Saluti da Shangahi


PS: Qui a Shanghai ho trovato un bar che si chiama “Locarno” ed ha il caffe “Chiocco d’oro” e gli spagetti carbonara sono mica male.

Sorprese cinesi: l’arrivo

Certo che il viaggio per Qingdao è iniziato con un po’ di pregiudizi. Forse anche per quel che ho letto e sentito in questi giorni sui media sulla situazione in Cina e sull’effetto che le Olimpiadi potrebbero avere sul governo.

Al mio arrivo all’aeroporto di Sanghai, tra l’altro  in Business upgrade da mi fermano subito in dogana per la mia borsa foto. E qui mi sono detto: ci siamo. ”Sir you need this form, Sir we havo our rules….Sir you have to waith”. Beh non e una sopresa o mi stavo sbagliando.

L’impiegata della dogana non solo mi ha portato una bevanda fresca e  biscotti ma mi ha anche accompagnato allo  Starbucks (fuori dalla dogana) in attesa che arrivasse il fax necessario per l’importazione temporanea del mio materiale fotografico. Ma non era finita qui. Al check-in successivo, con la mia accreditation card al collo,  mi sono trovato circondato da cinesi che volevano una foto, firme etc….”sorry I’m not famous” gli ho  detta ma non ne volevano sapere.

All’arrivo a Qingdao, come ogni tanto succede, la mia valigia non era sul nastro, ma c’erano  almeno 5 persone che si sono date da fare per rintracciare il mio bagaglio promettendomi che se non l’avessero trovato mi sarebbe stato recapitato il giorno dopo al mio. Insomma qui si stanno dando da fare in tutti i modi per risolvere i problemi e rendere piacevole il nostro soggiorno.