Join the sailing fools on August 20
The 29th annual Fools' Rules Regatta will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, on the town beach at East Ferry. The rain date will be Sunday, Aug. 20.
The cannon will be fired at 9 a.m. to mark the beginning of construction of the "sailing vessels." Participants will have two hours to build their boats from non-marine items. Having good imagination and ingenuity are the rules. Past vessels have been built out of such things as Volkswagens, doghouses, hay bales, fried-chicken cartons, and sand boxes. Races begin at 11 a.m. with the firing of the cannon for Class 1 boats, followed by Classes 2, 3, and 4, each crewed by the respective number of fools.
The final race is the Unlimited Class, which in previous years have had boats as large as 40 feet, with crews numbering in the dozens. All boats must attempt to sail a downwind course of approximately 500 yards.
Sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club, the event is open to all, and there is no entry fee. Vessels must be wind powered, and all crew members are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life preserver.
Prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers in each class. Special awards include the Karl Smith Most Ingenious Design, which is dedicated to the regatta's founder, who died this past winter. The Worst Example of Naval Architecture, and the Frank Newman Judges Award. Newcomers and veterans, who are willing to be a little foolish and have fun, are invited to join in the 29th Fools' Rules Regatta. Entry forms will soon be available at various Jamestown businesses, or via the Jamestown Yacht Club
website: www.jyc.org. Chief Fool will again be Chris Powell. For more information, call 401423-1492.