Continuing a long-running club tradition, CSYC’s annual Fugawe race was held on August 21st. The Fugawe (a portmanteau of “where the f?ck are we”) is a night race starting at sunset and ending at midnight. The boat that sails the farthest around marks 2, 5, and 7 during that four-plus-hour time period, and therefore has the highest handicap-adjusted average speed, wins the race. The Fugawe is preceded by a social raft-up in the south no-wake zone before the race, at which members share appetizers and camaraderie.
In this year’s event, the raft-up was ruined by an afternoon/evening rainstorm. But that didn’t stop Betsy Gutknecht, and Robert and Marsha Kline, from taking the club’s pontoon boat out on the water to watch the race and snap some photos (thanks Betsy!).
Five of the club’s largest keelboats came out to the start line to contest the race: defending three-time champion Grenadine, and challengers Jabulani, Moku, Night Hawk, and ZZZulu. The start went off at 7:47 p.m. between a pair of no-wake zone buoys, to finish at midnight at the marina channel markers. The clouds parted about 90 minutes into the race, revealing a beautiful night with a full moon reflecting on the water. Winds were light this year, generally from the w
est with occasional shifts of 45 to 135 degrees, challenging the racers to select the best strategy for covering the most distance around pairs of marks.
When the race was over and the results were in, Night Hawk upset Grenadine to take victory, sailing 3/4 mile farther in the time period for an average speed of 1.89 knots to Grenadine’s 1.77 knots. Night Hawk won by looping the most far-apart marks 2 and 5 more than Grenadine, which looped more marks in total, but marks that were closer together. Congratulations to Night Hawk, and heartfelt thanks to all boats that came out and competed!
The Fugawe is always a fun event, and the club encourages all boats to participate. Grenadine’s crew makes a weekend of it, by camping in the park, and would love to have other crews join in that fun tradition! Now, as the winner of the 2021 Fugawe, Night Hawk has earned the honor of running the 2022 Fugawe. See you next year!