Presentation of Morning Cloud memento to Royal Southern Yacht Club
The Trustees of the Sir Edward Heath Foundation presented a half model of Sir Edward's yacht, Morning Cloud 2, to the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire
It is intended as a memento of Britain's most celebrated sailing Prime Minister and of the central role the Club played in his sailing career. The Southern was where Sir Edward and his crews put together their sailing strategies which led to his success in winning, inter alia, the Admiral's Cup in 1971.
The presentation was made to Commodore David Mead by Colonel Gordon MacDougall, a Trustee of the Foundation, in fulfilment of a pledge made by Sir Edward at a dinner given by the Club in his honour in 2004.
The presentation was made in the presence of Deputy Lord Lieutenant Geoff Holt, MBE, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire. Gordon MacDougall was supported by Bob Hayes, Chairman of the Friends of Arundells which works with the Foundation to ensure that Sir Edward's home, Arundells in Salisbury, is able to remain open to the public in line with the intentions of his will.
In making the presentation, Gordon MacDougall said: 'Sailing was one of the central pleasures and pastimes of Sir Edward's life. Coming late to the sport, his leadership qualities, strong competitive instincts and sense of strategy came to the fore. The Southern was central to his success and the Trustees and the Friends of Arundells are delighted to have worked together in restoring the relationship with the Club.
We hope that this model of Morning Cloud 2 will stimulate many happy memories of Sir Edward's involvement and a closer relationship with Arundells where sailing is an important element of what the house has to offer to visitors.
On behalf of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Commodore David Mead commented: 'I am delighted to accept this wonderful half model of Morning Cloud 2 on behalf of all the Members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Thank you to Gordon, Bob and Giles (Ball) who have made this memorable occasion happen. Colin Hall (Commodore in 2004) was at the dinner when Sir Edward kindly promised a gift from Arundells. He shared many happy times in his company as did many others in this room. May I wish all success to Bob and Giles of the Friends of Arundells and to the Foundation and hope that the house will stay open for the enjoyment of the public for many years to come.'
Morning Cloud 2 was designed by Sparkman and Stephens. It was built primarily of mahogany, was constructed by Lallows (Isle of Wight) and was launched in 1971. Edward Heath sailed the boat in the Admiral's Cup that year leading Britain's winning team - making him the only serving British Prime Minister to win a major sporting trophy whilst in office . The Admiral's Cup was an international yachting regatta which was established in 1957 and for many years was regarded as the unofficial world championship of offshore racing. It was normally a biennial competition between national teams. The last event was held in 2003. The regatta was based at Cowes on the Isle of Wight and was organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
Colonel Gordon MacDougall, Commodore David Mead and Bob Hayes, Chairman of
The Friends of Arundells
The Commodores of the Royal Southern Yacht Club Bob Hayes and Chris Mansfield, Commodore of
visit Arundells on the 15th April 2015 The Royal Southern Yacht Club standing in front
of the half model of MC2
Bob Hayes, Talis Humphreys, David Mead. Gerald Gibson,
Chris Mansfield, Peta Stuart-Hunt, Sally Tattersall, Giles Ball