2009-08-27 / Letters to the Editor

Fools’ ruled with your support

On behalf of the Jamestown Yacht Club, I would like to thank everyone who made the 32nd annual Fools’ Rules Regatta another memorable event!

The day was warm and beautiful with a nice southeasterly breeze. Sixty-nine foolish crews attempted to construct seaworthy vessels on the beach, a few with success, many not so lucky. The cheers and laughter of the enthusiastic spectator crowd is a true testimony as to why I continue to be chief fool. It is truly a joy to see so many people, young and old, having such a great time!

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, Joyce Bartlett, Bob Kinder, Mark Baker, Carol Nelson-Lee, Tom Weaver and Joyce Bartlett. Thank you to Jamestown Harbormaster Joe Falcioni, Conanicut Marine Services, Brooke Longval, Scott Longval, Fred Bartlett, and Rick and Jill 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 for helping to set up the traffic control. A special thanks to Officers Mark Esposito, Teddy Hebert and Ron Jacobson of the Jamestown Police Department for providing traffic control during the event. A special thanks, also, to Police Chief Tighe for his continued support for the regatta.

A very special thanks to Winston and Judy Knight, Willie and Linda McLean, and Joan Janelle for coordinating the parking: a hot and thankless job! Thanks also to Larry and Betty Buckley, and Jill Anderson for managing the T-shirt and hat sales. Thanks to Brooke Longval for providing another 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. See you next year!
Chris Powell
Chief Fool
Fools’ Rules Regatta

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