• Short Summary

    Solo yachtsman Chay Blyth--the first man to sail around the world from East to West-arrived home to England today (Friday, August 6) too a triumphant welcome headed by Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prime Minister Edward Heath--himself a sailor of note.

  • Description

    Solo yachtsman Chay Blyth--the first man to sail around the world from East to West-arrived home to England today (Friday, August 6) too a triumphant welcome headed by Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prime Minister Edward Heath--himself a sailor of note.

    The 21-year-old former paratrooper sailed into the coastal town of Hamble in his 59-foot (18-metre) ketch "British Steel"--surrounded by a flotilla of hundreds of small boats and yachts which had sailed out to meet him.

    His "uphill" voyage--called the yachtsman's Everest--took him 292 days against prevailing winds and currents. It was still 20 days less than the non-stop record set by another Briton, Robin Knox-Johnston, who took the easier way from West to East in 1968-69.

    As he stopped ashore amid the thousands of people who lined the waterfront, he seemed relaxed and did not show signs of intense physical strain. He told that he had been close to being washed overboard twice--both times when he had not been wearing his harness. He also said that he would not attempt to make the trip again.

    In his speech of welcome, Prime Minister Heath said:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADI2P9QLIUELBUJOZHHFZGLZUG
    Media URN:
    VLVADI2P9QLIUELBUJOZHHFZGLZUG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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