2007-07-12 / Upcoming Events

Fools Rules Regatta coming next month

The 30th Annual Fools' Rules Regatta will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, on the town beach at East Ferry in Jamestown. The rain date will be the following day.

The cannon will be fired at 9 a.m. to begin construction of the "vessels." Entrants are allowed two hours to construct a sailing craft on the beach, and these "vessels" must be constructed of non-marine items. The craft may be pre-constructed, but must be disassembled and built again on the beach. Races begin at 11 a.m., with the firing of the cannon to begin the Class 1 race.

Vessels compete for first, second, and third place in each class. Classes are determined by the number of participants on each vessel: one, two, three, four, and five or more (Unlimited Class). Coveted awards of the day include the Karl Smith Most Ingenious Design, the Worst Example of Naval Architecture, and the Frank Newman Judges' Award. Although the highlight of the regatta is often the Unlimited Class, whose vessels range from 15- to over 40- feet in length and are crewed by as many as a dozen or more hardy fools, the Class 1 participants, who in the past have included one child in a sandbox propelled by an umbrella, are equally as engaging.

This years' regatta is one of the events celebrating Jamestown's 350th birthday and the winner of the Judges' Award will be chosen from "vessels" that incorporate a historical theme celebrating the 350th year of Jamestown.

The event has always attracted regional attention, and participants and spectators come from far and wide. This year, the event is featured in Yankee magazine, and past regattas have been highlighted in the National Geographic's World magazine in Rhode Island Monthly.

The event is open to anyone who likes to have fun and be foolish, and there is no entry fee.

The chairman will again be Chris Powell, chief fool. For information, call 423-1492, or visit the Jamestown Yacht Club's website: www.jyc.org for information and to be entertained by the rules.

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