The 42nd Annual Figawi Race Weekend is set for this weekend: May 25-27, 2013. Entries include sailors from several states and 240-plus boats (including 30 powerboats). More than 3,000 sailors and visitors, as well as locals, are expected to attend this event.
The weekend begins with a Kickoff Party at Hyannis Yacht Club on Friday, May 24. Early Saturday morning, crews begin gathering. Skippers and boat owners prepare their boats, gather their crews, and head out to the start line. The first boat officially begins at 10:00 a.m. off the Hyannis Port jetty. Beginning around 8:00 a.m., the parade of sailboats heads out of Lewis Bay, passes by Kalmus Beach, and gathers off Hyannis Port. The boats depart from 10:00 a.m. until approximately noon, depending on their handicapped start time. Around 200 plus sailboats in 13 divisions compete across Nantucket Sound, in various courses, 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. The remainder of the weekend is filled with festivities, a clambake, awards and other activities for racers, their families, and the many spectators who visit the island that weekend.
Racing resumes Monday morning. The newly formatted Monday Race, dubbed “Redux”, has been changed to encourage as many entrants as possible. The race now ends in a neutral location allowing skippers to head north or south towards home. The gathering at Hyannis Yacht Club in the later afternoon includes entertainment and one last time to enjoy the Figawi camaraderie until next year.
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