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Trustees of Sir Edward Heath Foundation present Morning Cloud memento to Royal Southern Yacht Club
The Trustees of the Sir Edward Heath Foundation today 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 Royal 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.

At today's presentation at the Royal Southern Yacht Club L-R: Colonel Gordon MacDougall, Commodore David Mead and Bob Hayes, Chairman of the Friends of Arundells.
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.
Arundells and Sailing
Sir Edward acquired Arundells, in Salisbury's Cathedral Close, in 1985 and it was his home for twenty years until his death in 2005. It is now open to the public and is the only home of a former Prime Minister to be almost exactly as it was when he lived there. It contains a wide range of items which reflects his time in public life and together with his collections of paintings and European and Oriental ceramics and musical and sailing memorabilia. Sir Edward's collection of sailing memorabilia includes pictures and models of the five Morning Cloud boats that he sailed competitively between 1969 and 1986.
Apart from his Admiral's Cup triumph, Sir Edward also won the Sydney to Hobart race in 1969, whilst Leader of the Opposition. Other nautically-related items displayed in the house include ships made from bone and hair by Napoleonic prisoners of war and a clock barometer presented by US President Richard Nixon. Another gift from President Nixon shows him at the helm of a yacht with the personal message to Sir Edward: 'In our line of work it's always good to have a second skill. Smooth sailing in your new boat'.
The house also contains signed photographs of the world leaders with whom Sir Edward dealt, political cartoons and gifts from leaders as diverse as Willy Brandt (with whom he served on the Commission on international development), Indira Gandhi and Chairman Mao. The art collection includes paintings by Winston Churchill, L. S. Lowry, John Singer Sargent and John Piper and drawings by Walter Sickert and August and Gwen John.
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Our Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams was recently interviewed by Sasha Twining on BBC Radio Solent's H20 slot.
Karen was asked about her childhood and how she got into sailing with her parents, how she progressed from dinghies into keel boats and about her role in helping to develop youth sailing at the Club. She explained her current role as well as her stewardship of the Royal Southern as only the second lady Commodore in the Club's 179 year history. Karen also discussed her aims and objectives for the Club going forward. It's a great listen, and we hope you enjoy it.

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