I had a dream last night.
I was working at my old job, and we were on a company outing to a seaside resort. Somehow we had managed to aquire two rowboats, and I thought it would be a fun idea have races. I talked around 34-35 people into participating.
We managed to set two pylons out about 100 yards from shore. The goal was to row out from shore, go clockwise around a pylon, and row back to shore, and the first boat to hit the rocks on the beach was the winner of that particular heat.
We also managed to aquire a similar number of team Jerseys, in three colors: Blue, dark green, and lime green/white stripes. This gave us three teams of 11-12 people each.
For some reason, Jennifer Aniston was there, and got on the lime green striped team. We decided to call it Team Flair.
Nevermind that each boat looked rated for only 2 people, or that each one only had 2 oars. Nevermind that running a boat–hard–into rocks is a really bad idea. Nevermind that none of these people had ever been in a boat before, we had no lifejackets, and that we were starting the race at night. In the rain. As a boater, I realize that the only way to improve this situation is to add copious volumes of alcohol. Sometimes in dreams, things don’t always make much sense.
Let’s assume more optimal conditions. Each boat performs at its best with a crew of 5 or 6. That gives us 3 teams, each with 2 sub-teams. So we have:
Team Flair A
Team Flair B
Only two boats may compete in any heat. We have no stopwatch, so the winner each heat is determined by who comes in first.
How do we determine which of the three teams is the winner?