Britain's Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath took to the sea on Friday as captain of?
Britain's Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath took to the sea on Friday as captain of a British team of three ocean-racing yachts competing against craft from sixteen nations in the Admiral's Cup series of races.
In this first race, a dash over 225 miles (360 km) across the channel to Le Havre and back, he got off to a slow start, being 30 seconds short of the lien when the gun sounded for the off.
But he is thought to have a good chance in the contest, which takes place every two years and has not been won by Britain for sever years.
Mr. Heath faces criticism from Mr. Harold Wilson, leader of the Opposition Labour Party, if he takes part in a yacht race instead of attending Monday's Parliamentary debate on the closing of shipyards on Scotland's Upper Clyde, which threatens to pitch thousands out of work. The Admiral's Cup Contest will continue well into next week.