2012-08-02 / News

Fools’ Rules Regatta just one week away

The 35th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, on the town beach at East Ferry. The rain date will be Sunday, Aug. 12.

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

Imagination and ingenuity are the rules. Past vessels have been built out of such things as Volkswagens, doghouses, hay bales, chicken cartons and sand boxes.

Races begin at 11 a.m. with the firing of the cannon for class 1 boats, followed by classes 2, 3, and 4, each crewed by the respective number of people.

The final race is the unlimited class. Vessels in this class have been as large as 40 feet, and can have an unlimited number of participants on board. All boats must attempt to sail a downwind course of approximately 500 yards.

The event, sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club, is open to all and there is no entry fee. Vessels must be wind powered, and all crew are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life preserver.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers in each class. Special awards include the Karl Smith Most Ingenious Design, the Worst Example of Naval Architecture, and the Frank Newman Judges Award.

For more information, call Chris or Candy Powell at 423-1492.

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