Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Tuesday morning, a day after the “Figawi” sailboat race that has taken place now every year since 1972, with this being the 40th annual race, a race that starts in Hyannis, on Cape, and goes to the island of Nantucket, roughly 30 miles due south/southeast of Cape Cod’s main hub. It began as a bet of sorts between three sailors who were apparently having lunch at Baxter’s Fish and Chips, a famous restaurant on Hyannis Harbor, where one sailor bet the other that he could get to ‘Nantucket faster than thee…’ Today, it is a world class regatta that attracts sailors from all over New England, not just Cape Cod and the Islands, and has also become quite the social event as well, attracting celebrities from all over, culminating in quite a party, as the Regatta Ball normally has the reputation of always bringing a “good time had by all”… The origin of the name sounds like a mysterious Indian phrase, but alas, it was just one of the sailor’s girlfriend’s who, on the boat years ago, and not being much of a navigator, shouted out, “where the f&ck are we?”. With the level of noise coming from the wind and water being greater than her voice, the sailor only heard, “where the figawi?”–that is how the race got it’s illustrious name. The image you see above is a shot from Dowses Beach here in Osterville, from atop “Faith Hill”, bringing in the whole of Nantucket Sound, as the boats fly out of Hyannis, west towards a marker, then southeast towards the “far away island”, as the Indians once called what is today known as “Nantucket”, a super rich, exclusive island that is the stage for a world class novel coming out soon by yours truly, “Taking Fog to Nantucket,” already in the hands of Hollywood’s elite, who will show just how brutal an island it can be as well. What’s that old Eagle’s song lyric say so well, “A pretty face, don’t make no pretty heart…”, something like that, or was it Robert Palmer? We’ll just have to ask the Nantucket Police Department about that one, but make sure you bring a body guard, your lawyer, and a whole boat load of cash and/or your VISA card, ’cause the NPD don’t take any crap, and they don’t take American Express… Well, on that note, I hope ya’ll have a great week and your summer plans all come true! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
May 31, 2011
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