At the Farr 40 East Coast Championship, in Annapolis, Md. in 2013, the Barking Mad team entered the last day of the event with a 1-point lead. It was too small a margin for us to do anything other then go out, sail loose, and get back our gameplan. For the first race of the day, skipper Jim Richardson nailed a mid-line start just to leeward of the group at the windward end, just as we planned. In phase and with a great lane, we felt confident about the plan of going straight and sailing the phase with the shifts. However, the four boats to windward, including our closest competition for the championship, soon tacked and head toward the right side of the racetrack. The quandary quickly became: Do we follow and concede that if the right side wins we will be behind, but in touch with our prime competition, or stick it out and follow our plan?