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.
AERIAL V "British Steel" surrounded by small flotille of well-wishers
AV "British Steal"
SV Cabin cruiser PAN TO "British Steel"NATURAL SOUND UP.
SV Blyth eating biscuit on board
SV "British Steel" PAN TO other vessels hooting
GV Crowd on shore
LV ZOOM IN Blyth at rear of deck on British Steel
GV PULL BACK Crowd on shore
SV Woman waves smoke flare
SV PAN ALONG British Steel to Blyth down gangplank and greeted by Prince Philip
SV Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Blyth & his family followed by Prince Charles walk away from British Steel (2 shots)
SCU Crowd watching
SV Prime Minister Heath speaks (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 14: HEATH: "We admire you for the skill and determination which you have shown in this personal endeavour. We are proud of the British boat--British built, British materials--which carried you so successfully. We would like to offer to you, and to all those who built your boat and equipped it, our very warmest congratulations and our greatest admiration."
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Background: 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: