2017-08-17 / News

40TH FOOLS’ RULES REGATTA

Photos by Andrea von Hohenleiten


JCI Pirates, with Mike Horgan, Julie Horgan, John Kennedy, Josh Motha and Bob Adair onboard, won by a nose in the unlimited category in, perhaps, the closest finish in the regatta’s history. The all-University of Rhode Island crew won bragging rights over the second-place boat helmed by students from Brown University. JCI Pirates, with Mike Horgan, Julie Horgan, John Kennedy, Josh Motha and Bob Adair onboard, won by a nose in the unlimited category in, perhaps, the closest finish in the regatta’s history. The all-University of Rhode Island crew won bragging rights over the second-place boat helmed by students from Brown University. Special awards

(Boat, sailors, hometown)

Most ingenious design: Literally Useless, Grace Williams, Mary Ellen Williams, Kurt Williams, all of Middletown, and Bill Leikam, of Warwick

Worst example of naval architecture: SS Phara, Paul Raston, Ryan Early and Rohan Jack, Newport

Judges’ award: Dynamic Dragonflies, Brian Fritz, Marie Fritz and Allen Fritz, Peekskill, N.Y.



Devon Vaillancourt, 11, of Newport, steers Kame Boto to victory in the Class 1 race. “I couldn’t believe it,” the first-time fool said about her easy win. “I was shocked. I thought it would go well, but I didn’t think I’d win.” Devon Vaillancourt, 11, of Newport, steers Kame Boto to victory in the Class 1 race. “I couldn’t believe it,” the first-time fool said about her easy win. “I was shocked. I thought it would go well, but I didn’t think I’d win.”

Literally Useless cruised to victory in the Class 4 race. Grace Williams, 12, Mary Ellen Williams, 8, and their dad, Kurt Williams, all of Middletown, teamed up with Warwick’s Bill Leikam to design and build a boat in about a month based on “The Lego Movie,” also taking its name from a line in the movie. Equipped with two couches, a cooler, steering wheel and cup holders, they rode in style all the way to the finish line despite Kurt’s reservations: “I thought it would be too heavy to move.” 
PHOTO BY ONNE VAN DER WAL Literally Useless cruised to victory in the Class 4 race. Grace Williams, 12, Mary Ellen Williams, 8, and their dad, Kurt Williams, all of Middletown, teamed up with Warwick’s Bill Leikam to design and build a boat in about a month based on “The Lego Movie,” also taking its name from a line in the movie. Equipped with two couches, a cooler, steering wheel and cup holders, they rode in style all the way to the finish line despite Kurt’s reservations: “I thought it would be too heavy to move.” PHOTO BY ONNE VAN DER WAL

Keith Yeoman, of Portsmouth, and Chuck Andris, of Jamestown, guide S/V Sting to a win in Class 2. The pair’s mast broke just before the race started and “we just wanted to get across the finish line,” Yeoman said of the rookie fool’s boat. Keith Yeoman, of Portsmouth, and Chuck Andris, of Jamestown, guide S/V Sting to a win in Class 2. The pair’s mast broke just before the race started and “we just wanted to get across the finish line,” Yeoman said of the rookie fool’s boat.
The father-daughters team of Jim Sturges, Jennifer Sturges and Jason Sturges, both 13, of Tiverton, took the Class 3 race aboard Flip Top. It was their first win in five attempts.The father-daughters team of Jim Sturges, Jennifer Sturges and Jason Sturges, both 13, of Tiverton, took the Class 3 race aboard Flip Top. It was their first win in five attempts.

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