2010-07-22 / News

Get ready for Fools’ Rules Regatta

The 33rd annual Fools’ Rules Regatta will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, on the Town Beach at East Ferry. The event is sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club.

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

Races begin at 11a.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, 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 more than 40 feet in length and are crewed by as many as a dozen or more fools – the Class 1 participants, who in the past have included one child in a sandbox propelled by an umbrella, are often equally as engaging.

The event attracts regional attention – past regattas have been highlighted in Yankee Magazine and National Geographic’s World magazine. This year’s event will again be featured in Rhode Island Monthly magazine.

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

This year’s chairman will again be Chris Powell, chief fool.

Call 423-1492, or visit www. jyc.org for information.

Rain date will be the following day.

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