Oil of Wight: Under-fire BP boss Tony Hayward takes time out to enjoy Cowes Week
By Daily Mail Reporter
The embattled chief executive of BP raised a few eyebrows in the United States today as he enjoyed the start of Cowes Week.
As company officials insisted Tony Hayward was still in charge of the operation to control the Gulf of Mexico spill amid confusion over his role, the keen sailor was seen in the Isle of Wight.
A yacht named Bob, co-owned by Mr Hayward, was taking part in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race today and a man looking rather like him was pictured on board, although BP - perhaps worried about the PR implications - refused to confirm his presence.
But Hugh Walding, of Friends Of The Earth, criticised Mr Hayward for his outing, saying he deserved all the criticism he was getting over his failure to control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr Walding had no sympathy: 'I'm sure that this will be seen as yet another public relations disaster for him from people who have got exceedingly upset about this whole thing.
'Personally I don't think that the bloke is particularly competent from the results that he has delivered. He obviously doesn't have the technical know-how but he should at least be managing the image of the company better.'