2010-08-19 / Letters to the Editor

No wind, but plenty of foolish fun

On behalf of the Jamestown Yacht Club I would like to thank everyone who made the 33rd Annual Fools’ Rules Regatta another roaring success. The day was warm and beautiful despite of the lack of a breeze. For the first time ever we “changed the rules” to allow the first two classes to paddle!! As Chief Fool I have the privilege to make and change the rules at will, thank goodness! Then the wind came.

Fifty- one vessels competed in this year’s event and it never ceases to amaze me how creative and dedicated participants are. From young children to seniors everyone seems to have fun laughing at themselves and others. That is what makes the Fools’ Rules so special.

This event would not have been possible without the support and help of many individuals and organizations. I would like to thank the dedicated and faithful Fool’s Rules Regatta Committee: Mark Baker, Linda and John Flinton, Judy and Jack Heelan, Dureen Bryer and Annetta and Tom Weaver. Thank you to Jamestown Harbormaster Sam Paterson, Conanicut Marine Services, Rick Anderson and Fred Bartlett and family for providing onthe water support. A special thanks to Winston and Judy Knight, Carol Nelson-Lee and Joyce Bartlett for coordinating the parking: a hot and thankless job! Thanks to Larry and Betty Buckley, Jill Anderson for managing the T-shirt and hat sales. Special thanks to John Mecray for providing the artwork for the official 2010 Fools’ Rules T-shirt. 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. Our thanks to Vic Calabretta for loan of his trailer.

A special thanks to Officers Tiffany Kopacz, Keith Woodbine and Scott Sullivan of the Jamestown Police Department for providing traffic control during the event. Thank you to Police Chief Tighe for his continued support of 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 everyone who laughed at themselves and others, and who continue to make the Fools’ Rules Regatta one of Jamestown’s most memorable summer events. See you next August!!
Chris Powell
Chief Fool
Fools’ Rules Regatta

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