I do not run and hide... I strategically maneuver.
The day started of normally enough, with Darin, Ryan (8) and Jared (4) all sailing around and trying to collect money from trade goods. Jared sails the seas with reckless abandon, and after about 4 rounds he had lost two ships. Ryan had meanwhile jumped into an early lead after claiming $40K for bananas.
Next, Darin proceeded to lose two of his ships in the vicinity of Puerto Rico, and Ryan lost one somewhere to the north.
That's when things started to get weird. The freak storm was next spotted just off the coast of Florida, and it just sat there, barely moving. Ships started piling up around the Florida bananas port, as no one could move further out to sea. The remaining ships claimed their prizes at the lumber and sugar ports, and the stock of bananas was exhausted. But, none of the remaining 7 ships could leave Florida. We rolled, and waited. We landed on each other, sending each other back to the bananas port, and waited. Our boat crews cheered each time they got sent back to Florida, since it moved them further from the dreaded storm.
Finally, the storm broke. It moved west with a vengence, and gobbled up Jared's remaning two ships. as well as a ship of Darin's. No one claimed any money from oil the entire game.
Ryan $120,000 (2 ships lost)
Jared $110,000 (4 ships lost)
Darin $100,000 (3 ships lost)