Thursday, July 21, 2011

Design 2058 - Morning Cloud II

This is the second Morning Cloud designed for Sir Edward Heath. She is a relatively small boat but met the requirements of the Admiral's Cup. She is constructed of wood and was built by the Clare Lallow yard of Cowes, England and launched in 1971. The boat was quite competitive. Rod Stephens spent the first couple of weeks sailing with her right after her launch getting the bugs out.

Here are the plans.

Here are a couple of nice details. Note the genoa tracks.

And I like the trim tab control shown here.

Interestingly, this is the exact same hull shape as used for the Huisman 41, design #2058-C9, with a cruising deck and interior and built of aluminum. Click here for more information.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 40'-8"
LWL 31'-8"
Beam 12'6"
Draft 6'-9"
Displacement 22,520 lbs
Ballast 11,000 lbs
Sail Area 725 sq ft


  1. Now called Opposition

    Details of her restoration here:;cp=0

    At the same yard where she was built - Lallows, Cowes.

  2. I was lucky enough to be asked to help crew her back up to Glasgow in 2009 (following classic Cowes week and having some work done at Lallows) and I still grin when I think of the trip!

    The way she handled and the speed we got out of her on the Cornwall to Dublin leg was something else, and I have to take my hat off to her skipper Peter, who proved in so many ways why he's the lucky sod who gets the privilege of looking after this classy beauty.

    If you get a chance to see her go, if you get a chance to sail on her go at top speed.

  3. We have sailed since 1973 on a sistership of her, Sagittarius, made by Cantiere Carlini at Rimini in italy. She had a deck refit and a few other glitches taken care of in 2009 at the same yard and she is sailing in the Med, cruising and running the classic circuit, quite successfully i beleive. She is still in our family as our late father bought her in 1973 from Sg Giorgio Carriero. He raced aboard until 2008 , he was then 87 years old when he passed away. We plan to keep her sailing and winning as much as we can.

    1. Thierry, vous avez hérité d'une bien belle carène, l'une des plus belles dessinées pour l'IOR par S&S ....
      Si vous disposez de plans latéraux de bonne qualité et de photos je pourrais vous proposer une demie coque sur toile et vous pourriez me contacter via la fiche contact de mon site, où vous trouverez des exemples de travaux réalisés... (Voir Glen Maël, votre "petit frère" rubrique pixellisation standard, ref S63.
      Mes félicitations

  4. La demie coque de Morning Cloud II est publiée à l'adresse suivante :


  5. Back in the seventies I was an instructor at Steve Colgate's Offshore Sailing School in Palmas Del Mar, Puerto Rico. Every week we had movie night, always the same film, The Admiral's Cup. It was an English production following the British team's pursuit of the Cup in 1971? '72? One would think that after a dozen viewings it would become a little stale, but I never tired of it, always racing to take my seat in the first row, leaning forward in anticipation. Prime Minister Ted Heath and Morning Cloud II were the stars. Ahhh, Morning Cloud...surely the most beautiful IOR boat ever. Her perfect lines, natural topsides, teak deck flush with a blister, tiller steering, gold anodized spar, and solid blue chute...she was just gorgeous. Couldn't take my eyes off her. I wondered just what was it about her that made her so extraordinarily beautiful? After weeks of viewing I realized her winches were inside the coaming--as shown in the accompanying picture here--that made her coaming an uninterrupted sweep forward and up and over her blister deck. I'm an old man now, but I still recall her beauty.. Morning Cloud.

    Unfortunately, the Brits were defeated in the Cup that year by the Aussies whose team included Mercedes III, at that time probably the fastest ocean racer on the planet. As Dale Earnhardt said, "That's racin'!"

    Paul J. Nolan

    1. Thank you for that nice video of her refit at Lallows at One could not help but notice her long, elegantly curved tiller has been jettisoned for a wheel, a major step backward, in my opinion.


  6. We have recently restored a sister ship, Easy Glider, also at Lallows. Made from Hondurian Mahogony and built originally in a German Yard, De Doodt.
    She is entered into the Fastnet this year, and we are hoping for great things! Her first race was last week, and while completing was the main aim, we managed a credible 8th in the class.
    She is absolute beauty.