Gone Sailing: Hayward Takes In Yacht Race While Spill Rages On
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Everyone's favorite sniveling CEO is at it again. Tony Hayward, BP's CEO and until recently its head of operations overseeing the Gulf oil disaster, was spotted watching his yacht race Saturday around England's Isle of Wight. Hayward's 52 foot vessel, obnoxiously named "Bob," raced in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.The AP tells the story:
Robert Wine, a BP spokesman at the company's Houston headquarters, said it was the first break that Hayward has had since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and setting off the undersea oil gusher.
"He's spending a few hours with his family at a weekend. I'm sure that everyone would understand that," Wine said Saturday. "He will be back to deal with the response. It doesn't detract from that at all."
Wine described the race as "one of the biggest sailing events in the world and he's well known to have a keen interest in it."
Hayward's public relations handlers can add this gaffe to their long list of mistakes. Hayward famously said that he "wanted his life back", stonewalled a Congressional hearing, and has mislead about the amount oil flowing out of his spill, now estimated at 60,000 barrels a day but is likely far more.