Arundells announces speaker line up for Morning Cloud talks

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On Friday 16th October, Arundells in Salisbury’s famous Cathedral Close, will be hosting the first of a series of ‘Focus on Sailing’ Days.  The first of these, ‘Morning Cloud Talks’, will be delivered by:
  • Giles Chichester, who will speak about his father Sir Francis Chichester’s extraordinary sailing achievements including his solo circumnavigation of the world aboard Gipsy Moth IV in 1966/7;
  • Chris Mansfield, Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club who will speak about the club’s new Prince Philip Yacht Haven and about the club’s role as the place where Edward Heath plotted his racing strategies; and
  • Jamie Matheson, former Chairman of Brewin Dolphin, who will talk about his sailing experiences aboard his yacht Opposition, which started life as the second Morning Cloud yacht.
Admission is by ticket only (£30 including talks, refreshments and a guided tour of the house and the medieval walled gardens). Talks will run from 10.30am or 1.15pm. Tickets are available from or order by telephone: 07921 800539. Concessions are available for group bookings.
The Morning Cloud Talks will provide a forum for the sharing of great moments in British sailing over the last fifty years. The creation of the series follows on from the unveiling of the restored bow of the third Morning Cloud in the garden of Arundells by Sir Ben Ainslie in May 2015.
Members of Edward Heath’s Morning Cloud racing crews will also be on hand in the Arundells Sailing Room to share memories around trophies and other memorabilia. Edward Heath’s yachting achievements include winning the Sydney to Hobart race in 1969, the Admiral’s Cup in 1971 for Britain, and a handful of Round the Island races.
Attendees will also be able to tour Arundells and see the extensive collection of yachting memorabilia, models and seascapes and historical artefacts such as four model warships made of hair and bone by Napoleonic prisoners of war.

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