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           MAY

  • 5-6 Cedar, IN Icebreaker
  • 18 - Bilge Puller South Meeting
         - Bilge Puller North Meeting
  • 19-20 E Spring Regatta - Lake Geneva YC

    JUNE
  • 9-10 Wawasee E Scow Regatta - Wawasee, IN
  • 22-24 US Sailing JOs - Okoboji
  • 23-24 MC Wisconsin Championship - Pine Lake
  • 25 - LBSS Opti - Beulah 
  • 26-27 - TRAP X - Pine Lake
  • 29-July 1 - US Sailing JOs - Lake Forest

    JULY
  • 5-6 Quad Lakes - Beulah
  • 9-12 GLSS Dinghyfest 
  • 14-15 ILYA MC Invitational - Nagawicka
  • 14-15 ILYA E Invitational - Geneva 
  • 16-17 XTreme X Regatta - Oshkosh
  • 16-19 Area K Jr. Championships - Sheboygan
  • 21-22 ILYA C Invitational - Beulah
  • 21-22 WYA X - Cedar
  • 23 - ILYA No Tears - Beulah
  • 25-28 ILYA X Champs - Pewaukee
  • 29-31 ILYA Opti Champs - Pewaukee

    AUGUST
  • 3-5 WYA C - Okauchee
  • 12-19 ILYA Championships - Minnetonka
    -  12-15 A/MC Scows 
    -  15 Bilge Pullers Dinner
    -  16-19 E/C Scows
  • 21-22 National MCSA Junior Championship -
    Cedar, WI
  • 23-26 MC Nationals - Pewaukee Yacht Club
  • SEPTEMBER
  • 8-9 George Dorn MC - Beulah
  • 22-23 NNN Beulah C Challenge - Beulah
  • 29-30 Polar Bear Regatta - Lake Davenport Sailing Club

 

 

 


Harry Melges III, charging along in his father's footsteps.

Commenting on the refinement of the scow builder's art, ILYA Commodore John G. "Smokey" Ordway said, "After the war, sailing became an armament race."  One of the "armaments" he referred to was fiberglass, a new material that would soon revolutionize the entire boat building industry.  Among the inland builders, Art Stamm was the first to build boats out of fiberglass.
Mel Jones, the Nonswimmer

 Bob Pegel of Lake Geneva tells the story of an A-boat race on Lake Geneva when sailmaker Mel Jones and his crew were out. The wind began blowing so hard that they couldn't tack, for fear of tipping over. Jones couldn't swim a stroke, Pegel recalls, so rather than risk going in the water, he "sailed it right up on shore, let the rudders fold up, and that was it."



Dr. Thomas A. Hodgson
is the author and has
provided these
wonderful excerpts.

Copyright 1997 Thomas A. Hodgson

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Excerpts have been reproduced with

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One of the new boat-building materials that appeared shortly after World War II was fiberglass, and the first scow builder to use the technology was a Nagawicka sailor named Arthur Stamm. Actually, Stamm's boat-building career began before the war, when he and his father built a C boat for Art to sail. He soon graduated to a Chuck Edwards—built C boat, which Stamm sailed until WWII interrupted sailing for all men of draft age. 



By the 1950s, the Stamm Boat Company was working exclusively in fiberglass, the first in the scow market to do so. The first glass boats Art Stamm built were X's, and he soon was ready to build the first-ever fiberglass C.



Part of the process involved laying a woven fiberglass matting over a layer of gelcoat sprayed into the boat mold. Resin, with a hardening catalyst added, was impregnated into the matting using a paint roller, work that had to be done by hand to work the resin deep into the woven glass. With the X's, it was a relatively easy reach to the center of the boats, but with the C's, the middle couldn't be reached from the side of the mold. That's where a young Lou Morgan, then working for Stamm, came in.



To reach the center of the C-boat mold, Stamm rigged two wire loops that hung from the ceiling rafters. Through these loops he suspended a ten-foot-long two-by-eight plank that ran down the center of the mold. This contraption he proudly dubbed the "Flying Trapeze." Morgan would then kneel on the suspended plank and roll the catalyzed resin into the previously unreachable matting as Stamm rolled resin on the outside. The plank wasn't fixed and the whole trapeze was hardly stable, but it worked—at least until Stamm saw a spot and shouted to Morgan, "Hey, get this over here!"


As Morgan recalls it, he reached, the plank did a 180, and he dropped face down into the mold and was instantly covered with the harsh catalyst and resin.



Stamm, mischievous but fully aware of what the resin was about to do to Morgan's skin, exclaimed, "Hey, you're wrecking the #@*#@ boat!" Morgan sprinted to bathe himself in solvents that were nearly as harsh as the chemicals he was trying to scrub off, while Stamm chided him for wasting the expensive solvents. It's fair to say that Morgan, who obviously survived his ordeal on the "Flying Trapeze," left his personal imprint on the first fiberglass C boat.



Stamm, his wife, Ethel Mae—whom he called "Punchy"—and their family lived upstairs from the boat works. In the days before fiberglass, remembers daughter Evelyn, when wooden boats and spars came to be varnished, the entire family would have to tiptoe around the floor to keep from knocking wood dust loose from the rafters onto the varnished boats below.



The transition to fiberglass was no easier on the family. The fumes permeated everything, Evelyn recalls, to the point that "you could taste it in the butter."



Stamm's creations were blazing fast in light air, but their inherent lack of stiffness made them vulnerable in heavy waves. Tom Cooper of Long Lake—Art Stamm's son-in-law—remembers a particular white 1966 Stamm C boat in which a couple of stringers and a gallon of resin were accidentally left out of the hull. That boat could outpoint and outfoot all the competition, despite that when going to weather, its deck would dimple and waves would splash between the deck and the hull. Despite these structural shortcomings, Sittin' Pretty earned fourth place in the C Blue Chip.

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