2006-08-10 / About Town

Fools Rules set for Aug. 19 at East Ferry

The nationally famous 29th annual Fools' Rules Regatta, sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club, will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, on the town beach at East Ferry in Jamestown. The rain date will be Sunday, Aug. 20.

Construction of the unique sailing craft will begin with the firing of the cannon at 9 a.m. Contestants have two hours to build their vessels from non-marine items. Past years have produced vessels from Volkswagens, doghouses, picnic tables, sandboxes, ladders, trash cans, hay bales, and giant blocks of ice. All vessels must be wind-powered, and crews must wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life preservers.

Entrants compete in one of five classes: one to four people in respective classes, and the Unlimited Class, for five or more sailing fools. Just completing the downwind 500-yard course is difficult for many.

Awards will be given to the first three finishers in each class immediately after the final race. Competition is always fierce for the three most prestigious awards: The Karl Smith Most Ingenious Design, in honor of the regatta's founder who died this past winter, 'The Worst Example of Naval Architecture, and the Frank Newman Judges Award, given to the boat and crew with the best theme.

Anyone looking for an interesting and unusual event this summer, should join in the 29th annual Fools' Rules Regatta.

Entry forms and rules are available at various Jamestown businesses and on the Jamestown Yacht Club's Web site: www.jyc.org. Chief Fool will again be Chris Powell. For more information, call 423-1492.

During the event, parking will be available on the upper Shoreby Hill Green, thanks to the generosity of the property owners. Visitors and regatta participants should remember to remove all vehicles and trash after the regatta.

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