A Famous 1977 Sparkman & Stephens Aluminum Ocean Racing Sailboat For Sale.
For sale is Morning Cloud, commissioned by Sir Edward Heath, the former Prime Minister of the UK.
Morning Cloud was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and constructed in aluminum by Martland Marine in England in 1977.
Morning Cloud raced in and survived the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race.
This is a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime project boat for the right person. Morning Cloud is in the process of being converted to a fast ocean capable cruiser but needs a complete refit.
Includes many high quality winches and intact rigging and spars as well as a rebuilt low hours Westerbeke W-58hp diesel Engine.
- Length 44'0";
- Hull Breadth 12'0";
- Gross Tonnage 21tonnes;
- Draft 6'6";
- 7'0" to 6'2" headroom throughout;
- 3 burner Propane Stove;
- Hydraulic backstay.
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Sir Edward "Ted" Heath, KG, MBE (9th July 1916 – 17th July 2005) was the British Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975.
Sir Ted commissioned five ocean racing yachts, all named Morning Cloud
and carrying the sail number K2468...Morning Cloud
A Sparkman and Stephens S&S 34, Morning Cloud was launched in 1969. Edward Heath won the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race with this boat in the same year. It was sold in December 1970 to Stewart Benest of Jersey, who renamed it "Nuage de Matin". She was sunk off of Gorey Castle, Jersey, on 2 September 1974, after breaking free of her moorings.
Morning Cloud II
Designed by Sparkman and Stephens, the 42ft mahogany hulled Morning Cloud II was built by Lallows at Cowes in the Isle of Wight (UK) and launched in 1971. Heath used the boat in the Admiral's Cup of that year as part of the winning British team. At least two copies of the boat were built under licence from him.
Morning Cloud III
Designed by Sparkman and Stephens, the 44'9" wooden-hulled Morning Cloud III was again constructed by Lallows and launched in 1973. It was used in the Admiral's Cup of that year, but Heath was only aboard for the Fastnet race owing to other commitments. Morning Cloud III was lost at sea on 5 September 1974 when it was hit by a large wave while en route to Cowes from Burnham-on-Crouch. Heath was not on board. Two of the seven crew drowned. This tragedy occured only three days after the original Morning Cloud sank.
Morning Cloud IV
Designed by Sparkman and Stephens, 45ft aluminium hulled Morning Cloud IV was constructed by Allday Aluminium of Gosport and launched in 1975.
Morning Cloud V
Designed by Ron Holland, the 44ft composite hulled Morning Cloud V was launched in 1977. In the 1979 Fastnet race (which was part of the Admiral's Cup Series) Morning Cloud V lost her rudder and failed to finish. Heath sold the boat in 1983.
It would seem that the boat offered for sail here is Morning Cloud IV, being the only one with an aluminium hull. However, our research indicates that Morning Cloud IV was bult by Allday Aluminium and launched in 1975, not by Martland Marine in 1977.