The gubernatorial hopes of one candidate are already on the rocks.

This may be the wackiest election story of 2018. But this is Rhode Island, so you never know.

Last weekend, Joe Trillo, an independent candidate for governor, ran his 65-foot yacht into rocks in Charlestown.

Trillo used the yacht, the S.S. Minnow, er, the Lady M., as a campaign craft, with “Hooray for Me”-type banners and loud patriotic music blaring near the shore.

Word is that Trillo cruised Newport Harbor the previous weekend.

Trillo is a former Republican state representative from West Warwick. He is taken seriously on Providence talk radio and not many other places.

He appears to be in this race as a spoiler, eventually draining votes from Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, the GOP favorite.

In any case, Trillo doesn't sound like a Harry Truman fan who believes the buck stops with him. His crash was everyone's fault but his, claiming that the rocks were uncharted.

Charlestown beach-goers said Trillo was too close to the shore, period. One woman compared his arrival to a robo-call.

A few more observations:

1. Nothing says "Man of the People" like campaigning on your 65-foot yacht.

2. Beach season is short in Rhode Island. People go to unwind, not to hear some politico blasting his message to a blaring rah-rah soundtrack.

3. Given the number of out-of-state license plates we see in Newport and South County in summer, how many Rhode Island voters did Trillo reach on his May Day in July cruise anyway?

On the rocks? Save that for a booze cruise.

 

ODDZNENDZ: Sad to see Warren's 2nd Story Theatre close earlier this month after money woes.

The theater's roots go back to Newport in 1978, when it was founded by Portsmouth High grad Ed Shea and the late Pat Hegnauer.

It produced shows at Harry's Harborside Bar. It was a great era for theater in Newport, with the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre and The Incredibly Far Off-Broadway Ensemble Theatre also in business.


I wonder how many Americans realize that Puerto Rico is part of the United States. Not enough, based on the nitwits who show up on YouTube.

The soccer team rescue is an amazing story. Talk about defying the odds.

Some people found it slow, but I liked the trial-based doc "The Staircase" on Netflix.

Old friend Michael Johnson and his companions were nearly hit by a wrong-way driver on the Pell Bridge early Monday morning. That had to be a few terrifying moments.

I've seen late-night wrong-way drivers twice. Fortunately they were off in the distance. But it still made my heart pound.


Am I the only one who thinks we haven't gotten to the bottom of the Black Ships mess?

Of course we all know the Fourth of July is essentially the end of summer.

I like a good heist movie, and "Oceans 8" will keep you entertained.

Whatever happened to Thomas Aquinas Malloy, who bought the presidential yacht Sequoia and docked it in Newport as an attempted tourist attraction?

 

Jim Gillis is a Daily News columnist. Send him email at jimgillis13@gmail.com.