2006-08-24 / Letters to the Editor

People love to be foolish

On behalf of the Jamestown Yacht Club I would like to thank everyone who made the 29th annual Fools' Rules Regatta a great event! The day was perfect, with a nice southwest breeze to move the 62 "vessels" down the course to the cheers and laughter of an enthusiastic spectator crowd.

This event would not have been possible without the support and help of many individuals and organizations. I would like to thank our dedicated and faithful Fools' Rules Race Committee: Linda and John Flinton, Judy and Jack Heelan, Dureen Bryer, Vic Calabretta, Bob Kinder, and Tom Weaver. Thank-you to Jamestown Harbormaster Sam Patterson, Vic Calabretta, and Larry Buckley for providing on-the-water support. Thanks to the Jamestown Town Council for allowing us to use the East Ferry beach, the Jamestown Youth Litter Corps and the recreation department for cleaning and raking the beach before the event. Thanks to the Department of Public Works, especially Bill Page, for helping to set up the traffic control and

picking up debris after the regatta. A special thanks to Officer Joel Pinocci of the Jamestown Police Department and Community Service Officers Joan and Vinny Vessella for providing traffic control during the event. Avery special thanks to Joyce and Fred Bartlett and Elisabeth Kneib for coordinating the parking, a hot and thankless job! Thanks to Larry and Betty Buckley, Jill Anderson, and Judy Calabretta for managing the T-shirt sales. To Brooke Longval for designing the official 29th annual Fools' Rules Regatta T-shirt, thank you! Thanks to the Conanicut Yacht Club for the loan of the starting cannon.

This event would not be possible without the continuing support of the Burgess, Andrews, Noble, Hubbard, and Gaither families for allowing us to use the field above the Shoreby Hill Green for parking. Thank you!

A special thanks to my wife Candy for getting out the publicity and organizing the registration and awards.

A big thank-you to Diana Smith, the wife of our late founder Karl Smith, for helping fire the cannon to start the races.

Finally, thanks to all the participants and spectators who are able to laugh at themselves and others, and who continue to make the Fools' Rules Regatta one of Jamestown's most memorable summer events.

See you next year for a special 30th-year celebration regatta!

Chris Powell,

chief fool, Fools' Rules Regatta

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