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For many sailors in the New England area, Memorial Day Weekend can be summed up in one word: Figawi. We wanted a little more backstory on the legend of Figawi, so we went straight to the source, and talked to four of the women who were there for the first race in 1972. Read on for a brief history of the Figawi Race Weekend.

Now in its 45th year, Figawi Race Weekend encompasses the kick-off party at Hyannis Yacht Club, the 230-boat pursuit race from the Hyannis Port Jetty to Nantucket Boat Basin, the Saturday night tent party for skippers, crew, and sponsors, the Sunday morning Joke Telling Session, the Figawi Invitational for high school sailing teams, Prize Giving, and finally the Monday "Redux" Race back to Hyannis. Whew. It's no small feat, and yet, as any Figawi racer can tell you, the event is run like a well-oiled machine.

So how did Figawi Race Weekend come into existence? As the story is often told: Three friends were having drinks at Baxter's Bar in Hyannis, MA, each one certain that his boat was the fastest of the three. To settle the dispute once and for all, they decided to race from Hyannis to Nantucket.

At one point during the heated competition and completely lost in the fog, one of the sailors shouted "Where the f**k are we??" – which, with enough of a Cape Cod accent, is pronounced Figawi.

The boats made it safely into port and decided it was a grand idea to run the race year after year on Memorial Day, and thus the tradition that is Figawi Race Weekend was born. But as with most sailing adventures, there's always more to the story.

Credits / Reference: http://blog.dockwa.com/the-history-and-origin-of-figawi

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