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Figawi 2019 Cheat-Sheet: Your Guide to Surviving Hyannis and Nantucket

Post by Becky at Dockwa - Published on 5/17/19 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 originally published March 2016, and has been updated to reflect 2020 news. Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Figawai 2020 has been postponed until further notice to ensure the safety of all participating. 

"Where the Figawi?!"

Whether you're an old salt or new railmeat, there are plenty of ways to set a course for Figawi 2019. Can't make the race? Try to make the Figawi Ball on May 18 to support local Nantucket charities.

Figawi Links

Figawi Registration & Kickoff Party

Friday, May 24, 2PM - 8PM

  • Party host: Hyannis Yacht Club in Hyannis, MA 

  • The Figawi Store will open earlier than the registration table and party, at 9am
  • Pro-tip: It's a cash bar, drunkies – hit up the ATM beforehand!   

Figawi Race 

Saturday, May 25

  • Race Start: Hyannis Port – Reserve your slip at Hyannis Marina 

  • Race Finish: Nantucket Harbor, mid-afternoon – 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 return.

Figawi Race Party

Saturday, May 25, 7PM-11PM

  • 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 #Figawi2019 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 27, 9AM - 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 Nantucket


Post Race Party & Awards Ceremony

Sunday, May 27

  • Race party: 1PM - 3:30PM
  • Awards ceremony: 5PM - 6PM
  • Wrap Up Party: 7PM - 11PM
  • 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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