Figawi is three weeks away! Here comes Summer! The 45th Annual Figawi Race Weekend sets sail Memorial Day Weekend on May 28-30, 2016
The 45th Annual Figawi Race Weekend is recognized as a top sailing event not only on the East Coast but on the national and international sailing scene. Figawi Race Weekend officially kicks off summertime on Cape Cod and Nantucket. Entries into the race include sailors from several states, 240+ boats (including 30 power boats), and over 3,000 sailors and visitors, as well as locals who attend this event.
The weekend starts with a Kickoff Party at Hyannis Yacht Club on Friday, May 27th, 2016 for competitors, friends, family, and Figawi fans. Beginning at 3 pm, there is a cash bar, coveted Figawi merchandise for sale, entertainment, and most importantly, registration for entrants.
Early Saturday morning, crews begin gathering, getting ready to set sail. Skippers and boat owners prepare their boats, gather their crews, and head out to the start line. The first boat officially begins at 10am off the Hyannis Port Jetty. But beginning around 8 am, the parade of sailboats head out of Lewis Bay, pass by Kalmus Beach, and gather off Hyannis Port. The boats start from 10 am until approximately noon, depending on their handicapped start time. Around 200 plus sailboats in 13 divisions compete across Nantucket Sound, in various courses, vying to be the first one to reach Nantucket. Depending on the various conditions, the theory of the Pursuit Race format is that all competitors should reach the Nantucket MO(A) at around the same time. They finish at the entrance of Nantucket Harbor and parade into Nantucket Boat Basin. Standing on the beach at Brant Point Light is a great spot to watch all the action.
Saturday night Figawi hosts a Competitor Party under the Event Tent on New Whale Street. Sponsors who contribute to these festivities include Mt. Gay Rum, Budweiser, Cisco Brewer of Nantucket, Coca Cola, Boisset Family Estates (wine), Samuel Adams, and Jim Beam. After the long day of racing, it is a great place to come and see old friends and make a few new ones.
We know Dirty Water TV had a great time covering these events last year and we plan to be there again next year. How else could you possibly kick off summertime on Cape Cod?
Stay tuned for our coverage from Figawi 2016! We cannot wait to hit the water!