The 4th Morning Cloud Sailing Talks were held on Thursday 13th April 2017, and despite the threat of rain the day remained dry, although cloudy, and didn't dampen the spirits of the audience or the volunteers. 
    The speakers running order was Peter Bruce, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Mike Golding with a start time of 11.30 am.    Peter Bruce gave a wonderful account of his experiences with the Admiral's Cup races which included a good deal of references to Sir Edward and Morning Cloud.
    Robin followed with a fantastic, and extremely interesting talk, on his single handed and non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in 1968.   This feat was known around the world and set the benchmark for all that followed over the last forty nine years.   Suhaili  is a small craft compared to the yachts that achieve the same in this day and age and is still sailing around the south coast, in fact many of the audience will have the opportunity of seeing her at the Morning Cloud Classics Day at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble on 26th July 2017.

     L to R  Giles Ball, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE RD and bar, Mike Golding, Peter Bruce, Gordon MacDougall, Bob Hayes 

    As a late addition to the proceedings we allowed a short announcement by Ray Stedman, who is the local chairman for the RNLI in Wilton and area, in order for them to raise awareness of the desperate need for members and volunteers for this area's branch of the RNLI.  The photo shows three members of the committee:  Left to right:- Richard Lord, Geoff Cluett and Ray Stedman, who all attended the talks on Thursday.