On Friday 16th October 2015 Arundells hosted the first of what is planned to be a series of talks on Great Achievements in British Sailing of the last 50 years. Called the Morning Cloud Talks, after Sir Edward Heath's series of race-wining yachts.
Those who attended enjoyed tours of Arundells' and its medieval walled garden including the restored bow section of the third Morning Cloud, which was unveiled in May 2015 by Sir Ben Ainslie as a display and memorial to the two crew members, Christopher Chadd and Nigel Cumming who died when the boat foundered in a storm in 1974.
In the Arundells Sailing Room, which features models of the five Morning Cloud yachts together with trophies and seascapes, Mark Dowland entertained visitors with reminiscences of being a member of the Morning Cloud racing crew.
Bob Hayes, Deputy Chairman of the Friends of Arundells who, along with fellow Friend, Giles Ball, organised the event said, "This was a wonderful follow on from the unveiling of the restored bow section of Morning Cloud lll in May. It is fitting that Sir Edward's sailing achievements be acknowledged by holding this, and future talks, particularly as they are linked to Ted by the fantastic exploits of other famous yachting personalities".
Following the success of this inaugural event, Arundells is planning a series of lectures with well-known sailing figures in the 2016/17 season.
Giles Ball, Mark Dowland, Chris Mansfield, Jamie Matheson, Giles Chichester, Bob Hayes
The Morning Cloud talks on Sailing 16th October 2015
On 15th May 2015 Sir Ben Ainslie unveiled the restored bow section of Morning Cloud 3 and a memorial to the two crewmen blessed by the Bishop of Salisbury in the Dell, a quiet contemplative area in the gardens of Arundells. This was the first step towards encouraging a lasting link with Sir Edward to a favoured part of his life ... competitive sailing.
These talks are a follow-on to that event and will take place in October of this year and we hope will add colour and great interest to a sport enjoyed by many and link in with historical happenings such as Sir Edward captaining and winning the Admirals Cup for Great Britain in 1971 and before that the great achievement by Sir Francis Chichester when he sailed around the world singlehanded in 1966/67.
Apply now for tickets as the sessions are limited to 36 persons only. There are two sessions during the day, one starting at 10.15am, the other at 1.15pm. Tickets are £30 per head with concessions to schools and include refreshments, a tour of the house and gardens (includes entry to see Morning Cloud 3) and a chance to talk with former crew members of Morning Cloud in the Sailing Room.
Applications by email to: email@example.com or by phone on 07921 800533
you need to give your name, email address, home address, contact number and advise which session you would prefer (no guarantee can be given to you preference), an acknowledgement will be sent back to you and tickets despatched to your given address once your cheque is cleared.
Three interesting talks on different sailing experiences
1. Jamie Matheson, former Chairman of Brewin Dolphin, describes his sailing
life on Opposition, a 12.4 metre wooden hull designed by Sparkman and
Stevens and originally built in 1971 by Clare Lallow on the IoW for Edward
Heath and named Morning Cloud being the 2nd boat with the same name.
2. Chris Mansfield, Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Hamble
share his club's memories of Sir Edward where he planned his racing
campaigns and enjoyed many a dinner in the club's restaurant. Also he
describes the recent visit by the Duke of Edinburgh when he officially opened
their new yacht haven.
3. Giles Chichester will be talking about his father's great achievement of
sailing singlehandedly around the World in Gipsy Moth IV, which is still
remembered as one of the greatest sailing feats of all time.
Sir Edward Heath's own amazing achievements can be discussed during the day with those who sailed with him, and you can view the bow section of Morning Cloud 3 and memorial to the crewmen lost at sea on September 2nd 1974 in the garden, Sir Edward's sailing memorabilia can also be viewed in the Sailing Room at the front of the house.