|Launched||1968 or 69?|
|Configuration||English coach roof, taller rig and 180% genoas|
|Hull Number||UK #1 or 2|
|Fit Out||Michael Winfield|
|Previous Owners||Sir Edward Heath (Vale)|
The Yacht’s Story
Morning Cloud, skippered by Edward Heath, placed S&S34’s onto the world stage by winning the 1969 Sydney Hobart race. Rodney Hill was having Morning After built when Ted insisted on an early delivery date. It is not clear if Morning After become Morning Cloud. Apparently the name Morning Cloud was decided upon by Michael Winfield (the builder) following in the footsteps of Morningtown his very successful 37-footer (which was named after a race horse).
In January 1968 Olin Stephens visited the Winfield booth at the London Boat Show and was asked if he would return later to meet a certain Edward Heath. Mr Stephens asked “who is Mr Heath?” and was surprised to be told that “Mr Heath is the next Prime Minister”. The meeting was held and Edward Heath was impressed enough to order a yacht
In Morning Cloud, Heath swiftly built-up an impressive racing record culminating in winning the December 1969 Sydney to Hobart Race. By that time Heath was the British Prime Minister, and in relation to his recreation of yacht racing, this Morning Cloud was the predecessor of a number of other successful S&S designs commissioned by him which also were given the same name. Moreover, an S&S 34 won its division of the 1969 Fastnet Race and in that and the following year the S&S 34 was the Overall Point Score winner in its class.
Unfortunately, on 2nd September 1974 Morning Cloud broke her mooring in Jersey and was lost. Edward Heath weathered the same storm at sea on the third Morning Cloud.
About the Owners
Edward Richard George Heath, the British Prime Minister, was born in Broadstairs, a harbour town in the southeast England county of Kent, on July 9, 1916, the elder of two sons. Encouraged by his mother, Heath began piano lessons as a small boy. It became a lifetime interest. From his state school, Heath won a scholarship to Oxford University. After World War II service as an artillery officer, Heath worked briefly as a civil servant and then as an editor of the Anglican Church Times. He was elected to the House of Commons for Bexley and Sidcup in 1950, and represented the solidly Conservative south England district through his long political career. In 1992, he became Sir Edward, a member of the country’s most prestigious order of chivalry, the knights of the Garter.
Famous sail number
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