The former British Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, has taken charge of his new yacht.?
The former British Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, has taken charge of his new yacht. Morning Cloud the fifth was launched in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, on Sunday (1 May), by Mr. Heath's stepmother.
SYNOPSIS: Quite a few people turned out to wish Morning cloud the Fifth and her owner, Mr. Heath, well. Mr. Heath has had mixed fortunes with his earlier Morning Clouds but has said the latest is sure to be a world-beater. However, things didn't get off to a very good start when his stepmother stepped up to name the yacht and smash the traditional bottle of champagne over the bows.
The photographers reset their cameras and Mr. Heath's stepmother had another go .... this time with more luck.
Mr. Heath has more time to follow his yachting pastime since he lost the leadership of the British Conservative Party to Mrs. Margaret Thatcher in 1975. He now shares his time between the House of Commons, international trips and yachting.
Morning Cloud the Fifth has been designed by Ron Holland -- seen here with Mr. Heath. The design is both revolutionary and proven. A similar yacht --Imp-- has raced to success in the American Admiral's Cup trials. Mr. Heath led the British team to victory in the Admiral's Cup in 1971. There has been disappointment and anguish since then. In 1975, Morning Cloud the Third sank with two crew members -- including his godson. He hopes his fifth Morning Cloud will bring back his luck.