2000 STAMPFLI RACING SHELL
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Ward & Heidi Sproat
Model: Racing Rowing Single Shell
Hull #: 2000-1
Concours Catagory: Outboards & Canoes
Since the mid-1800s, rowing racing shells were made from wood, usually cedar or spruce. Starting in the mid-1980s, boat builders started to experiment first with fiberglass, then moved onto carbon composites. Today, all racing shells are made from a carbon composite material. This is one of the last wooden racing shells made.
The Swiss racing boat company Stampfli (pronounced Stempflee) was started in 1896 in Zurich. This racing single, serial 2000-1 was one of the last, if not the last, wooden racing singles they made. It is made from Spanish Red Cedar and its skin is 1/16th of an inch thick. It is 28 feet long and is designed to hold a sculler of up to 200 pounds.
It was custom made for its original owner and it changed hands once before being acquired by its current owner in 2014 who has been sculling (rowing with 2 oars, or sculls) since 1974. During the summer, it is stored at the Tahoe Donner Marina where its owner rows on Donner Lake.