2009-07-09 / About Town

Fools’ Rules Regatta coming to town Aug. 15

The 32nd annual Fools’ Rules Regatta, sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club, will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, on the Town Beach at East Ferry. Participants will begin construction of the “vessels” with a 9 a.m. cannon start.

Participants are given two hours to construct a sailing craft of nonmarine 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 Class 1 race.

Vessels compete for first, second and third place in each class. Classes are determined by the number of participants on the 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 Architechure and the Frank Newman Judges’ Award.

Although the highlight of the regatta is often the unlimited class, whose vessels range from 15 to more than 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 engaging.

The event attracts regional attention, and participants and spectators come from far and wide.

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

Chris Powell, chief fool, will once again chair the event. Call 423-1492, or visit the Jamestown Yacht Club website at www. jyc.org for information and rules. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 16.

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