The boat and her designer
Born in 1898 on the Isle of Wight Uffa grew up surrounded by the sea and boats. He left school at fourteen and began an apprenticeship in boatbuilding with S.E. Saunders; he also took night classes in naval architecture and mathematics. At the age of twenty-one Uffa started his own boatbuilding company and in the late 1920s designed ‘Avenger’, the first fourteen foot dinghy that planed on the water. She introduced a completely new dimension to yacht design and put Uffa on the map. The fourteens created the base design for the popular Flying Fifteens and it was in the Flying Fifteen ‘Coweslip’ that Uffa crewed for Prince Phillip.
They first met in 1949 and got along incredibly well. Their friendship created a life-long association between Uffa and the Royal Family.
Uffa was married three times, firstly to Alma who played a huge role in his early career. In 1941 he married Cherry and finally, in 1956 Uffa married Yvonne Bernard. It was an interesting match as Yvonne was from France and spoke no English, while Uffa spoke no French.
Uffa had a hugely successful career in many fields; as a yachtsman, designer, and a writer. Very much the character that did not conform to the norm, Uffa carved a path that has proved to be inspirational in many ways. He has left a legacy of boat designs that are still sailed and loved today. sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss