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Opposition – A Racing Yacht with Pedigree

Join us for the 2022 Annual Morning Cloud Sailing Talks on Thursday 13th October at Salisbury Museum. We will be joined by Jamie Matheson, Ben Wood and Lawrence Boarer who will share their stories and experience of the racing Yacht Opposition. Opposition started life as Morning Cloud – Originally owned by Sir Edward Heath KG MBE and the second of his five yachts bearing this name – and captained by him to victory in the 1971 Admirals Cup.

Jamie Matheson and Ben Wood

We are honoured to welcome Jamie Matheson, the owner of Opposition, and Ben Wood (an acclaimed specialist marine photographer) who worked closely together to write a book about this rather special lady – charting her magnificent restoration, and life and travels over the last 50 years in the hands of several different owners.

A huge amount of enthusiasm, research and dedication has resulted in a truly stunning, and beautifully illustrated, publication.

Lawrence Boarer

Lawrence Boarer is the Managing Director of Clare Lallows yard on the Isle of Wight, who were commissioned in 1970, to build a yacht for the then Prime Minister, Edward Heath. It was launched in 1971, and was so successful, that his next boat, (Morning Cloud No,3), was also built at Lallows.

In 2008, Lallows Yard carried out a complete renovation of Opposition (Morning Cloud No.2) over an eight month period, involving some 10,500 man hours. The yacht continues to sail under the name of Opposition. Lawrence first started work at the yard as an apprentice, and was one of 28 employees at the time. The boatyard is now owned by him, which he manages with his wife Pat.

When: Thursday 13th October at 10:30am
Where: The Salisbury Museum then afterwards at Arundells
Tickets: £30
What’s Included? Coffee on arrival, a buffet lunch and the opportunity to explore Arundells

The Salisbury Museum, The King’s House, 65 The Close, Salisbury. SP1 2EN

Arundells, 59 Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EN

There is no parking available at Salisbury Museum or at Arundells but parking is available for £8 a day in the Cathedral car park. This is not pre-bookable so just turn up on the day and purchase your ticket as you enter The Close. Otherwise we recommend parking in the city centre car parks.

Tickets are non refundable but you are welcome to pass them on to friends or family.

If you have any dietary requirements or allergies please let us know by emailing jess@arundells.org

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Oct 13 2022


10:30 am - 3:00 pm



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