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YACHTING ICON SHIPSHAPE AGAIN

Friday, June 6, 2008 - 16:17

SHE was former prime minister Edward Heath’s pride and joy - and has at last been restored to her former glory.
Boatbuilders past and present gathered at the Clare Lallow yard in Cowes yesterday (Friday) for the re-launch of one of the most famous names in yachting, Morning Cloud.
Built by Lallow in 1973, Morning Cloud has spent eight months at the yard undergoing a painstaking refurbishment costing around a quarter of a million pounds and involving around 10,500 man hours.
Not only have Lallow’s current crop of boatbuilders poured their time and effort into the vessel, but she has even been worked on by painter Alex Nash, 65, who helped with her original construction in the 1970s.
He said: “It was nice to see her again and it has been nice working on her.”
Morning Cloud was renamed Opposition by new owner Tony Morgan as a gentle jibe at Sir Ted. She had to be delivered to Cowes from her berth in Scotland before the restoration could begin.
Only the finest African mahogony from a single trunk and vertical-grained teak on the blister deck has been used in her restoration.
After her sea trials, she will take her place in the Round-the-Island race later this month, followed by the Classic Regatta and Cowes Week before she is sailed back to her home port on the Clyde.
Clare Lallow managing director Lawrence Boarer said: “It has been a lot of effort. It is a very famous boat and it is good for the yard and good for all the workers.”

 


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