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A race to remember

Dear Editor:

My friend Sears Wolff has passed on at 97. He is the originator of the famous non-event called the Fugawe race. A race from Hyannis, Mass., to the island of Nantucket.

In recent years there was speculation that the race was named after an obscure Indian tribe. The true story is that in a Cape Cod bar in 1971 three longtime sailors were bemoaning the fact of elite racing (i.e. Hyannis Yacht Club). Let’s have our own race, they said. And they decided that the race should be irreverent (no class) and end with a huge party on Nantucket.

What will we call it, they argued. Sears, who was married to my mother’s favorite cousin, said, “You know like we are standing on the focsle looking into the fog and say where the Fugawe.”

May he rest in peace.

Andy Hanson


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