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Figawi 2018 Cheat-Sheet: Your Guide to Surviving Hyannis and Nantucket

Post by Becky at Dockwa - Published on 2/16/18 9:00 AM
Figawi: New England's most notorious boating ritual. Forged out of friendly competition and mischief, what began as an impromptu race among friends more than 45 years ago is now 200 boats strong and an essential component of the New England boating circuit. (Read the full Figawi history.) Since launching the free Dockwa app at Figawi 2015, we always love getting back on the water with this spirited crowd each Memorial Day. 

Note: This post was orginally published March 2016, and has been updated to reflect 2018 dates and links. You're welcome. 

"Where the Figawi?!"

Whether you're an old salt or new railmeat, there are plenty of ways to set a course for Figawi 2018. Can't make the race? You can still donate to Figawi Charities, Inc. to support local Nantucket charities.

Figawi Links

Figawi Kickoff Party

Friday, May 26, 3PM - 8PM

  • Race Start: Hyannis Yacht Club, Hyannis MA 

  • Pro-tip #1: If you forgot to register online beforehand, this year it seems you may be out of luck! The deadline for Race Entry is May 11

  • Pro-tip #2: It's a cash bar, drunkies – hit up the ATM beforehand!   

Figawi Race 

Saturday, May 27

  • Race Start: Hyannis Port

  • Race Finish: Nantucket, 2-3PM – Book your slip at Nantucket Boat Basin or a mooring ball at Nantucket Moorings

  • Pro-tip #1: Figawi fog can turn blustery, and vice versa – layer up to keep from being miserable on board.

  • Pro-tip #2: Hang on to your hat! The Figawi hat is a coveted item – if you lose yours on the stumble home, it's unlikely to be returned.

Figawi Race Party

Saturday, May 27, 6PM

  • Location: Figawi Tent

  • Pro-tip: Keep your bracelet on tight! Once you lose it overboard there's no replacing it.

  • Remember when Gronk randomly showed up? Keep an eye on the #Figawi2018 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to see what – or who – is causing a ruckus you won't want to miss. 

Figawi Joke Tent

Sunday, May 28, 11AM

  • Location: Figawi Tent

  • Pro-tip #1: The Figawi Bloody Mary packs a punch! Make sure you're not dinghying under the influence after hitting the hard stuff.

  • Pro-tip #2: Stretch your legs – See some of our favorite places on


Awards Ceremony

Sunday, May 28, Time TBD

  • Location: Figawi Tent

  • Pro-tip: Find the Figawi Tattoo station and get temporarily branded in the name of charity.

Where the Figayou?

Will you be racing? Keep an eye out for the Dockwa team! We’ll be racing, celebrating, and walking the docks handing out Dockwa gear. Stay tuned for more Dockwa-Figawi updates by subscribing to the Dockwa blog and by following us on Facebook and Instagram



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