So many fools to thank
On behalf of the Jamestown Yacht Club, I would like to thank everyone who made the 31st annual Fools' Rules Regatta a rousing success. The day was beautiful with a light southeasterly breeze. Forty-nine hearty crews met the challenge of constructing seaworthy vessels, and attempting to sail their craft the length of East Ferry Beach 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, Tom Weaver and Joyce Bartlett.
Thank you to Jamestown Harbormaster Sam Patterson, Vic Calabretta, Brooke Longval, Fred Bartlett 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 Pierre for helping to set up the traffic control. A special thanks to Officers Keith Woodbine, Joel Pinocci, Rui Silva and Scott Sullivan of the Jamestown Police Department for providing traffic control during the event. A very special thanks to Joyce Bartlett, Tony Lush, Alan Baines and Cheryl and Jack Rienzo for coordinating the parking: a hot and thankless job!
Thanks to Larry and Betty Buckley, Jill Anderson and Judy and Katy Calabretta for managing the T-shirt and hat sales. Thank you Dwight Dickinson for providing a great T-shirt design.
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 on task.
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.