2012-08-09 / News

Fools will take over East Ferry Saturday


The 35th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta begins Saturday morning at East Ferry. All boats, which must be constructed from non-marine items, will attempt to sail a downwind course of approximately 500 yards. 
FILE PHOTO The 35th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta begins Saturday morning at East Ferry. All boats, which must be constructed from non-marine items, will attempt to sail a downwind course of approximately 500 yards. FILE PHOTO The 35th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta, sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club, will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, on the town beach at East Ferry. Imagination and ingenuity are the rules: Past vessels have been built out of Volkswagens, doghouses, hay bales, ladders, blocks of ice, picnic tables and sand boxes.

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

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.

There is no charge for participants or spectators. All crew is 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.

Entry forms can be found on JYC.org. For more information, call Candy Powell at 423-1492. Parking during the event is available on the upper Shoreby Hill green. Organizers ask that vehicles are removed immediately after the event.

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