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British yachtsman, politician Heath dies

Former British prime minister (1970-’74) and yachtsman Edward Heath died at the age of 89 at his Salisbury, England, home July 17.

Heathwas one of Britain’s best sailing ambassadors. He raced yachts in Sydney-to-Hobarts, Admiral’s Cups and Fastnets. He reportedly retired from sail racing after the infamous 1979 race.

Heath is credited with the now-

famous (and slightly altered) analogy: “Ocean racing is like standing under a cold shower and tearing up £5 notes.”

Plan announced for Colgate 26 Plus-Two

Offshore Sailing School is partnering with Colgate Management to offer a new service to new owners of the Colgate 26 sportboat.

The first five sailors to order a new Colgate 26 before Oct. 31 for delivery before the end of the year get a 15-percent discount off the list price and two days of tuning and training with a certified Offshore Sailing School instructor in the boat’s new home waters next season.

Normally $35,000, the 2005 year-end special is $29,750 for a standard Colgate 26. The two-day tune-up, valued at $1,000, is free, and will continue to be available on purchases of full-priced boats in 2006.

Bavaria supplies yachts to German Cup Team

Bavaria Yachtbau supplied two 42 Match training yachts to the German United Internet America’s Cup syndicate, which is headed by chief Uwe Sallee and skipper Jesper Banks.

Both Bavaria 42 Match yachts will be used for training purposes and to select the final crew of 25 sailors out of 250 applications for the German America’s Cup crew. The yachts will be sailed in the Baltic Sea and other locations until the end of this year to develop match race strategies.

Starting Jan. 1, all racing teams will be based in Valencia, where the two Bavaria yachts will support the preparation of the United Internet Team in its quest to reach the finals.

The Bavaria 42 Match should save the team valuable training time, especially during heavy winds when the large Cup boats cannot be sailed.