Well, one team sailed to victory. The other was left in its wake.
Monday morning, our managers — equip with ample sunblock and curiosity — piled aboard a charter bus destined for a mystery management retreat plotted by associate director of operations Amy Dalebout.
Approximately 45 minutes later FiscalNoters found themselves in front of the Maryland State House in downtown Annapolis. On its steps, vice-president of operations Arthur Karell gave some rousing remarks, likening the hallowed ground to FiscalNote’s disruptive mission.
Our early American government, he said, was one of the very first startups.
Following a brief tour of the building’s interior — and discussion of the retreat’s required reading assignment — employees marched toward the harbor, where the Woodwind I and II were docked.
Tickets were dispersed and assignments determined: Over the next four hours, two teams of FiscalNoters — under the careful instruction of professionals — learned how to navigate and race a pair of hulking, 74-foot schooners through the sailboat-speckled waters of Annapolis Harbor.
During the epic showdown, each FiscalNoter was relegated to a sub-team; each sub-team was tasked specific jobs, like adjusting sails, measuring wind speed, and changing the vessel’s course.
Surmounting this challenge took teamwork, hustle, and — most critically — a strong current of clear, constant communication. Team 1, the ultimate winners, were first to the finishing circle, located on a big patch of blue by the Naval Academy.
To the winners went the spoils: cold beer and bragging rights.