Where the Figawi?

May 27, 2011 | Random

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! As I write this post I’m packing to spend the weekend on Nantucket, where the annual sailing race (and party) from Hyannis to Nantucket is being held. Known as Figawi, the race has a unique history. As legend goes, the event began informally as three friends sat at a bar in Hyannis. Of course, natural good ribbing ensued and one sailor challenged, “I bet I can sail to Nantucket faster than you.”

On Memorial Day Weekend in 1972, the first 3-boat regatta took place. So much success was that first race, that the three sailors decided to organize the event and give it its name. It’s a closely held secret whose wife or girlfriend lacked the appropriate sense of direction and said, “Where the F*ck are we!” = Where the Figawi.

This year marks the 40th annual Figawi and  it’s my first time going to the Island since I was a little kid, scared to go on the “furry boat,” so I’m excited to view the island from a real estate and economic perspective. All of Nantucket Island is part of the Nantucket Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. And like Martha’s Vineyard, development is highly controlled so the Island maintains its very natural aesthetic. So when I get a break from drinking Dark ‘n’ Stormy’s I look forward to hoping on a bike and exploring the Island.

Nantucket is truly a summer destination with the population soaring from 10,000 to 50,000 during the summer months. It’s also the summer home  of a number of notable people and in 2006, according to Forbes, it had the highest median property value of any city in Massachusetts so wandering the Island should be fun.

What are your plans for this Memorial Day Weekend? Any suggestions as to what I should do on the Island?