2007-08-30 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks for a great 30th event

On behalf of the Jamestown Yacht Club I would like to thank everyone who made the 30th Anniversary Fools' Rules Regatta a blustery success! A strong westvery erly wind provided a real challenge for the sixty-five competitors as many were whisked out of control down the racecourse 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 Fool's Rules Race Committee: Linda and John Flinton, Judy and Jack Heelan, Dureen Bryer, Vic Calabretta, Bob Kinder and Tom Weaver. Thanks to Dureen and Bob Bryer for setting up our 30th Anniversary display of all past Regatta T-shirts - it really looked great!! Thank you to Jamestown Harbormaster Sam Paterson, Vic Calabretta, Brooke Longval and her father, Scott, Jack Heelan, Larry Buckley and Rick Anderson 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 Public Works Department, especially Ramon Ibarlucea, for helping to set up the traffic control. A special thanks to officers Mark Esposito and Rui Silva of the Jamestown Police Department and Community Service Officers Joan and Vinny Vessella for providing traffic control during the event. A very special thanks to Joyce and Fred Bartlett, Joan Jannelle, Carol Nelson-Lee, Rob Lambert and Isabelle Coyle 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 and hat sales. Thank you Roger Marshall for providing another great T-shirt design. Hats off to the late Frank Caswell for his wonderful 1997 T-shirt design that we used for the very popular Fools' Rules Regatta hats. His design is now the official logo for the regatta.

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, organizing the registration and awards and for keeping the Chief Fool in line.

Finally, I would like to thank 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.

Chris Powell

Chief Fool Fools' Rules Regatta

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