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Gambia's President. Sir Dawda Jarawa, indulged his love of sport on Saturday (29 June) when he joined the crew of one of the entrants in the "Round the Island" yacht race -- an annual yacht race around the Isle of Wight off Britain's South Coast.
Sir Dawda became a crew member of the yacht, "Quartet", in the Cold Roman Cup for large yachts.
It was the eve of his departure form the United Kingdom after a five-day visit during which he held talks with the Prime Minister, Mr. Wilson, and signed a loan agreement with the British Governments.
Also among the entrants was "Morning Cloud", owned and sailed by Edward Heath, former prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Opposition party. "Morning Cloud" -- which Mr. Heath sailed to victory for the Cup in the last three "Round the Island" races -- won a divisional prize but did not make the overall placings this year.
Neither did "Quartet". But it was a pleasant ending to the Gambian President's visit before he flew home the following day.
The race was won by "Chartreuse". Second was "High Tension" and third, "Hylas".
SYNOPSIS: Sixteen yachts lined up at Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Saturday for the annual "Round the Island" race. They were competing for the Gold Roman Cup for large yachts, and among the crewmen was the President of Gambia, Sir Dawda Jarawa. Sir Dawda flew to Cowes at the end of a five-day official visit to Britain and was invited to join the crew of one of the entrants -- "Quartet".
It was the eve of Sir Dawda's departure form Britain. During his official visit, the Gambian President had talks with the Prime Minister, MR. Wilson in London and signed a loan agreement with the Government. Sir Dawda is a keen sportsman and had spent a few days playing golf before his official visit began.
Also among the entrants was "Morning Cloud", owned and sailed by Edward Heath, former Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Opposition party. Mr, Heath sailed "Morning Cloud" to victory for the last three years and was looking to retain the Gold Cup for another year. The yachts pulled away early in the morning for a long day's sailing. The Gold Cup event was restricted this year to yachts of twenty three feet or more.
But despite the size restriction, the number of entrants was still a record. "Morning Cloud" did not perform so well this year. Mr, Heath won a divisional prize. But he could not sail "Morning Cloud" into the overall placings. Neither could David Thomas -- skipper of "Quartet" and Sir Dawda Jarawa's host for the day. But it was a pleasant ending to the Gambian President's visit to Britain before he flew home the next day.