The core group of the crew has been together for seven to eight years, according to Dave. "We've had one guy, Chris Merkle, who's sailed the last three NOODs with us, and done a lot of other one-design racing. He's been an asset on the bow and in the back of the bus. We also had Terry Freeman on board, he was also a big asset for us, he trims spinnaker. Don Kartsen has also been key player, he does jib and spinnaker trim. We also had Erica Schwab on the foredeck and Matt Broadbeck in the pit, both of whom did a great job. In the years we've owned the boat, we've really learned to blade out the boat, keep the sails flat, which lets us carry the heavy No. 1 a bit higher in the wind range. A lot of it is rig tune. We tune the rig before every race."