Among the crew on skipper Ian Scott's Crack of Noon are a pair of sailors well known to readers of Sailing World, editors Dave Reed and Stuart Streuli. Stu knew that if he were given the opportunity, our softhearted captain would take the bullet and volunteer himself, so he clandestinely contacted the crew without Ian's knowledge to work out who'd do the RC duty. I can't quite recall the details, but he'd concocted some ridiculous numbers quiz--the MIT card sharks portrayed in the movie 21 had nothing on him--which he administered via email. Needless to say, Stu didn't lose this contest: I did. However, the Scott family did not emerge totally unscathed, as Ian's wife, Joy, graciously stepped forward to assist me.