Prime Minister, Edward Heath, on Wednesday captained Britain to victory in one of the toughest offshore yacht racing series in the world....
GV Cervantes the Fourth approaching Plymouth
GV Prospect of Whitby across finish line
GV Morning Cloud across line
GV Heath (SOUND ON FILM)
TRANSCRIPT: HEATH (SEQ. 4): "I've not seen the final official results. But I'm told that we've was back the Admirals Cup so I'm obviously delighted."
INTERVIEWER: "What are your plans now, are you going straight to London?"
HEATH: "Yes, I'm going straight back to London."
INTERVIEWER: "Have you managed to keep in touch, Prime Minister, while you've been out there?"
HEATH: "Yes. I've got no other comments to make."
INTERVIEWER: "Were you worried being at sea while the Northern Ireland troubles have been developing."
HEATH: "I've told you that I'm discussing the race and nothing also."
INTERVIEWER: "What's the next major event for you and Morning Cloud, Sir?"
HEATH: "There are no more major events this season, the Admirals Cup is the major event in the international yachting world."
INTERVIEWER: "There has been a certain amount of criticism that a race of this kind takes a Prime Minister away from his job for so long, what do you think of that?"
HEATH: "No comment."
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Background: Prime Minister, Edward Heath, on Wednesday captained Britain to victory in one of the toughest offshore yacht racing series in the world....the coveted Admirals Cup. The final result is subject to protest: but on a provisional points basis Britain holds a 43-point lead over the United States -- winners in 1969.
It was a result which hung in the balance for the three-yacht British challenged right up to the last moment of the fourth and final Fastnet race to the Southern Irish coast and back to Plymouth. The three British yachts, Cervantes, Prospect of Whitby and the Prime Minister's Morning Cloud finished second, eleventh and twelfth, respectively.