'Dispro' Regatta By FLC
member Anna Miller
How many FLC members are aware that there's a boat
club known as the Disappearing Propeller (Dispro)
Boat Association? It's true! Many of its members are
also members of ACBS. Shirley Marsden, secretary of
our chapter, is a proud owner of a Dispro named Cuthbert
which was displayed at our show in Skaneateles this
past summer, as well as at the Antique Boat Museum's
show in Clayton last August. Shirley's son, Bruce
Marsden, also a member of FLC, is another proud Dispro
owner. Attending the September 2007 Dispro (casually
known as "Dippy") Regatta, an annual event, was quite
an experience for FLC members Teddi & Bob Myllymaki
and Anna & Jack Miller. Their hosts for the weekend,
Shirley and Bruce, were seasoned attendees at the
event which, this year, attracted 48 boats.
Our trek took us a couple of hours north of Toronto,
Canada to Lake Joseph, one of the 1600 beautiful lakes
in the Muskoka District, for this year's regatta.
The event was housed at the camp of the Canadian National
Institute for the Blind in a very picturesque setting
on the shore of Lake Joseph. When in camp, meals were
served in the lodge's main dining room where we met
other attendees on Friday evening. For Shirley and
Bruce it was a time for reuniting with friends.
morning following breakfast, we picked up bag lunches
prepared by the camp's staff, and readied for the
day's cruise in Bruce's dispro, Scout. Departure was
scheduled for 8:59 sharp! Heading toward the southern
end of the lake, the scenery was beautiful including
the numerous homes and boathouses along the way. At
the home of Bill Gray, a friend of one of the group's
members, we stopped for a picnic lunch and enjoyed
a tour of his beautiful place. Built by his grandfather
in 1894, it is one of the oldest on the lake and has
remained in the family ever since.
Then, it was on to visit a lovely historic chapel
on the lakeshore where we were entertained with an
organ recital by Paul Gockel, a member of the Dispro
group. After a leisurely cruise back to camp, we arrived
in time for a reception followed by dinner. Later
on, a campfire and "s'mores" rounded out the evening's
breakfast on Sunday morning, we prepared for a cruise
(another 8:59 sharp departure!) to the northern part
of Lake Joseph. And again, the scenery was breathtaking.
Upon returning, it was time to pack up, retrieve Scout,
and head home.
It was certainly an unforgettable weekend -- one I'm
sure we'll enjoy reminiscing about for years to come!
readers who may not be familiar with disappearing-propeller
boats, they were manufactured in Ontario, Canada from
the early part of the 20th century until the 1950s.
They were made possible by the development of light-weight
gasoline engines, and the perfection of an ingenious
device that gives the boat its name -- the disappearing
more information on the disappearing-propeller boats
,visit their site at http:/www.dippy.ca>
thanks to Anna Miller for sharing her initiation into
the world of Dippys. -Ed.