2011-08-25 / Letters to the Editor

Volunteers helped to put on successful regatta

On behalf of the Jamestown Yacht Club I would like to thank everyone who made the 34rd annual Fools’ Rules Regatta a fun event and great success. Fifty vessels competed in this year’s regatta with teams and participants from as far away as Oregon and France.

But this event would not take place without the support and help of many individuals and organizations.

First, I want to thank my wife Candy for doing all the publicity, organizing and running the registration, and keeping the chief fool on task.

A special thanks to the Fools’ Rules Regatta Committee: Mark Baker, Judy Calabretta, Linda and John Flinton, Jack Heelan, Dureen Bryer, Bob Loesch and Tom Weaver for registration and beach support. Winston and Judy Knight for taking charge of the parking with the help of Matthew and Alistair Pakes (family visiting from England), Chris Brown and Samira Hakki.

Thanks to Rick and Jill Anderson and Fred Bartlett and family: Lee and Charlie Lombard and Chloe Bean for manning the chase boats. Thanks to Jamestown Harbormaster Sam Patterson for on-the-water support and Bill Munger at Conanicut Marine Services for providing a chase boat.

A big thank you to Larry and Betty Buckley and Jill Anderson for managing the T-shirt and hat sales. Special thanks to Will Wilson for providing the artwork for the official 2011 Fools’ Rules T-shirt.

Thanks to the Jamestown Town Council for allowing us to use the East Ferry beach and the Jamestown Youth Litter Corps and the Parks and Recreation Department for cleaning and raking the beach before the event.

Thanks to the Public Works Department, especially John Caito, for helping to set up the traffic control. A special thanks to Patrolmen Steve Head, Jason Hopkins and Ron Jacobson of the Jamestown Police Department for providing traffic control during the event. Thanks to David Martin of Stearns Farm Real Estate for allowing us to hang our banner on their fence. Thanks to the Conanicut Yacht Club for the loan of the starting cannon.

This event would not be possible without the continued 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 very much.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who enjoy this wacky event and laughed at themselves and others. It is truly fun. See you next August.

Chris Powell
Chief Fool
Fools’ Rules Regatta

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