Bad things come in threes, and nobody knows that better than the crew of the Beneteau 36.7 Amritha, one of whom-tactician Cathy Zebrowski- started the day off with a car accident on the way from Baltimore to Annapolis for the first day of the Lands' End Annapolis NOOD. Everybody involved in the accident was OK, and her Volkswagen was still drivable. The next incident happened on the racecourse, when pitperson Mary Branch lost an argument with a spinning winch handle after a weather mark rounding. "We'd rounded the mark, and we wanted to lower the headsail," said Branch, "but the jib halyard got released instead." During the recovery from the errantly dropped sail Branch had her tangle with the handle. "She came back to the rail and didn't say anything except 'my hand got hit by the winch handle,' said Zebrowski, who is calling tactics on Amritha. "She sat on the rail quietly holding her finger." Soon, though, the rest of the crew realized that Branch might be injured, and rather than finish the first race of the day, they headed in to get Branch to the hospital for X-Rays. Remember the law of threes? Well, on the way into their dock, skipper Nate Tower, tagged the dock slightly on the way in. The good news is that Amritha isn't in last, but next-to-last, thanks to the fact Danegeld didn't sail today. Branch won't be sailing the rest of the event, thanks to a cast that runs from her broken finger to her elbow, but the rest of Amritha's crew is looking forward to a luckier day on Saturday.