2014-08-21 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks for all the help

On behalf of the Jamestown Yacht Club, I would like to thank everyone who made the 37th annual Fools’ Rules Regatta another roaring success. Thirty-two vessels competed for our coveted awards and the opportunity to make fools of themselves. A strong southerly breeze tested the nautical expertise of all contestants. There were some successes, many failures and a lot of laughs.

This event, however, would not be possible without the support and help of many individuals and organizations. First, I want to give thanks to my wife, Candy, for doing all the publicity, organizing, running the registration, and keeping the chief fool on track.

A special thanks to the regatta committee: Larry Buckley, Neale Buckley and Winston Knight for help setting up the parking the day before. Thanks to Todd Merrill for assisting the chief fool with the early morning beach setup; Dureen Bryer and Rosemary Burns for assisting with registration; John Flinton, Suzanne Grosby, Jack Heelan, Todd Merrill and Tom Weaver for beach support; Mike Schnack, Ron Lewis, Mark Grosby, Suzanne Grosby, Samira Hakki and Chris Brown for taking charge of the parking; and Rick Anderson, Sennett Duttenfofer, Mark Grosby and Mike Schnack for manning the safety boats.

Thanks to Jamestown harbormaster Sam Paterson for on-the-water support, and Bill Munger at Conanicut Marine Services and the Conanicut Yacht Club for providing the safety boats.

A big thank-you to Larry Buckley for ordering the official T-shirts, and to Jill Anderson, Betty Buckley and Kathy Merrill for managing the T-shirt and hat sales. Special thanks to Will Wilson for providing the artwork for the T-shirt. Thanks to John Mecray for redesigning the Jamestown Yacht Club logo on the back of the shirt; it really looks great.

Thanks to the Town Council for allowing us to use the East Ferry beach, and the youth litter corps and the recreation department for cleaning and raking the beach before the event. Thanks to the public works department, especially Rick Currie, for helping to set up the traffic control and assisting the chief fool. A special thanks to officers Derek Carlino, Mark Esposito and Jay Hopkins 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 his fence. Thanks to the Conanicut Yacht Club for the loan of the starting cannon. Special thank-you to Mike Ridge, owner of Spinnakers, for donating gift certificates for all the first-place winners.

This event would not be possible without the continued support of the Burgess, Hoey, Hubbard, Jachinowski and Gaither families for allowing us to use the field above the Shoreby Hill green for parking. Thank you all very much.

Finally, I would like to thank our great spectator crowd who come to enjoy this nautical spectacle, laugh and just have fun. See you next August.

PS: We still have a few T-shirts left.

Chris Powell

Chief fool

Fools’ Rules Regatta

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