Tamesis Club

Uffa’s Spoon won by Ken Duffell

Vice Commodore Alan Green
Vice Commodore Alan Green


Uffa’s Spoon, the highly prized trophy presented by the late Uffa Fox for the biggest gaffe by a Tamesis member during the past year was presented in his absence to Merlin sailor Ken Duffell at the Vice Commodore’s Dinner on Saturday 18 February.  It was accepted on his behalf by his crew, Merlin Class Captain Joe Woods, who said Ken was in Hollywood for the Academy Awards.

Their epic capsize during Salcombe Merlin Week into the stanchions of a very large expensive yacht in prime view of the Ferry Inn provided a half hours entertainment to an ever growing crowd of spectators.  Back home on the Thames the Jim Hamilton rescue was most unfortunate as Ken wasn’t even on boat duty that day.  It suddenly dawned on him what had happened as Jim’s submerged mast rose from the water with a huge tear in the sail flapping uselessly in the wind.

The Seacock Trophy, given for the biggest cock-up by a member of the Tamesis Offshore Group, was presented to Oscar, the ship’s cat on Tony and Leonie Steer’s yacht Shen Shui.  Leonie, who accepted the Trophy on Oscar’s behalf, said Oscar hated getting wet and always looked very angry when he did.

The dinner was organised by Vice Commodore Alan Green who welcomed the 70 members and guests with some hair-raising stories of his own.

The Uffa’s Spoon nominations were introduced by Paul Jamieson, last year’s winner.

Diners at the black-tie event enjoyed a superb menu produced by chef Anna  and her team with the support and assistance of the House Committee led by Rear Commodore Nicky Johnson.”


Oscar on the boom of Shen Shui

DSC_0541Ken Duffell and Leonie Steer holding Oscar

3 thoughts on “Uffa’s Spoon won by Ken Duffell”

  1. Photo of Ken Duffell and Leonie Steer holding Oscar was taken by Commodore Carolyne Vines on Sunday 19 February, the day after the Vice Commodore’s Dinner.

  2. Leonie has sent the following comment –
    “Big correction, Oscar loves water. You didn’t attend to my speech! He swims like a fish and promptly got INTO our neighbours pond when we returned from the summer cruise.
    He hates hairdryers and hoovers.”

  3. Congratulations Ken and Jo. Your epic capsize is precisely why we always moor Shen Shui in The Bag during Merlin Week.
    If we and any of you are there this year please sail round and say hello to us and Oscar.. We will be on the pontoon.

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