Fools' Rules Regatta

The 40th Annual Fools’ Rules Regatta, scheduled for Saturday, August 12th, has been postponed to Sunday, August 13th. The event will still take place at the Town Beach at East Ferry in Jamestown.

The cannon will be fired at 9:00 AM to begin construction of the “vessels”, the event is organized by the Jamestown Yacht Club.  Entrants are allowed two hours to construct a sailing craft on the beach, and these “vessels” must be constructed of non-marine items.  The craft may be pre-constructed but must be disassembled and built again on the beach.  Races begin at 11:00 AM with the firing of the cannon to begin the Class 1 race, the course is downwind).

Vessels will compete for first, second, and third place in each class.  Classes are determined by the number of participants on each vessel: one, two, three, four, and five or more (Unlimited Class).  Coveted awards of the day include The Karl Smith Most Ingenious Design, The Worst Example of Naval Architecture, and the Frank Newman  Judges’ Award.  Although the highlight of the regatta is often the Unlimited Class, whose vessels range from fifteen to over forty feet in length and are crewed by as many as a dozen or more hardy fools, the Class 1 participants, who in the past have included one child in a sandbox propelled by an umbrella, are equally as engaging.

The event has always attracted regional attention, and participants and spectators come from far and wide.  Past regattas have been highlighted in Yankee Magazine and the National Geographic’s World magazine.Mat Franco of America’s Got Talent named the Fools’ Rules Regatta as one of his “five favorite things about summer in RI”.

The event is open to anyone who likes to have fun and be foolish, and there is no entry fee. Life jackets are required for each participant and an anchoring device is needed for each vessel. Complete information, rules, and entry form can be found on the Jamestown Yacht Club’s website: or by calling 423-1492.

The “Chief Fool” will again be Chris Powell.