For an explanation, see our recent post Legend of the 'Figawi' name.
Nautically-inspired goods from boutique brands for him, her & home
We're excited to announce our brand new, limited edition, 2014 Figawi Burlap Print. We partnered with Maine's Fiber & Water on this hand made print. Our designer created this spiffy new graphic featuring a sailboat and the 2014 dates for Figawi weekend. Fiber & Water has taken that graphic and made it into an awesome new print on all natural burlap material. Each print features a white matte and a rustic brown driftwood frame. We're only producing a limited number of these 2014 Figawi prints. The first run should be ready in about 2 weeks. Pre-order yours before before Figawi and save $15. Be sure to check out the rest of the nautical burlap prints on our site.
The Figawi race takes place over the entire Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the start of summer. This annual race from Hyannis to Nantucket is all about sailing, with well over 200 boats taking part, but the weekend also includes a charity ball, parties and other social activities. While the name Figawi is widely recognized, it's a little less known how it actually originated. The name is surrounded with folklore, with two completely different stories on how it came about. Continue reading
"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking, And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking."
-John Masefield, "Sea Fever"
John Edward Masefield led a rich and interesting life - journeying from his native England to the United States at the turn of the century to work in a New York carpet factory before the ocean called him back home again. Continue reading
Wondering where to begin your venial journey at the Nantucket Wine Festival? We've got you covered. Spanning five days from Wednesday, May 14 through Sunday the 18, this year's gala includes offerings from dozens of restaurants and scores of participating wineries. The result? A high-class mishmash of food and spirits you won't want to miss.
Personally, we're partial to the events with nautical themes. Roughly translated, that means piles of seafood ... with elegant wine pairings, of course! Continue reading
This article was contributed by LateSail.com, where you can find a wide range of sailing advice and the best deals on discounted bareboat charters.
There’s no doubt about it- sharing the pleasures of sailing with your children is an incredible opportunity for family bonding. Simply the idea of spending the day (or overnight!) on a boat can be a thrill for kids of any age; when they’re young they can just enjoy the views and sea breeze along with everyone else. As they get a bit older the real fun begins; they can learn how to actually sail the boat. Continue reading
Mary Ann Evans, better known as English author George Eliot, was not a mother. In fact, she spent much of her highly unconventional life with a married man, inviting scandal and ostracization. Instead of raising a family, she devoted her life to the written word.
That did not stop her from making startlingly accurate observations about motherhood, especially as relates to mothers and sons. This may have been because girls were less likely to roam far from their birthplace, and therefore their mothers did not tend to suffer the pangs of longing caused by sons that left for college or abroad. Nevertheless, Eliot's poignant musings on the maternal instinct and a mother's love would still prove familiar to most moms today.
Many of her remarks involve the sweetness of babies and small children in their mothers' arms or on her knee. Others note that once a woman becomes a mother, she will remain so until she dies. Eliot's observations are not always warm or cheerful, however. She writes, for instance, that while women necessarily live for their children while they are young, they must begin to live again for themselves once their children grow up.
Overall, this author's ability to remark upon a facet of human nature she never experienced proves her the powerful observer of humanity critics have believed her to be for more than a century.
Surviving Yolanda - A first hand account
Nantucketer Terry Pommett was in the Phillipines for Typhoon Yolanda this past November. Read his story.
US Government guide to shirts
Check out this guide to quality shirts, published by the US Government back in 1949. Most of it still holds true.
The Ten Best Sentences
There's not much info about the parameters for picking, but apparently these are the 10 best sentences.
We've love to check out this establishment that features a bookstore, cafe, restaurant, "commerce club", and more.
The Figawi Race, annually held over Memorial Day Weekend on Cape Cod and Nantucket, is the premier sailing event on the East Coast. Outside of New England, the Figawi may be a mystery to the general public. But, to real sailors, it is a treasured, not-to-be-missed event.
Brief History and Folklore
In 1972, three friends decided to have an informal race from Hyannis to Nantucket on Memorial Day. Signing on their wives and friends as "crew members," this first race involved three sailors determining who had the fastest sailboat. Continue reading