Fond Farewell to Cap'n Larry ...
Cap'n Larry urges on Rolinda Collinson,
Jeff Pattison, Vinny Sinigaglio, Lane Hess and Ron Fisher.
Danielle Zack and Barrett Straub have
a friendly disagreement over the division of spoils.
John Wobbeking and Stefany Speck envy
"Costume? What costume?"
says Jennifer Brown.
It was another glorious and blood curdling voyage around the
'Cove. Well, not everything went according to plan. I tried
something new this year - singing. That's right, singing. It
started out OK, but the novelty was lost after the second heat.
Everybody standing around watching me be a fool. I got nervous
when they started to huddle together and whispering about marooning
ol' Cap'n Larry. You traitorous dogs were supposed to join in!
Landlubbers! yo ho yo ho, a pirate's life fer meee [swaying].
What do you do with a drunken pirate... ah, well, forget it,
We had a special plaque presentation for 1st mate Barrett Straub.
He won five, yes 5, games in a row last year . a mighty endeavor
indeed. Commodore John Elliott helped me with the presentation,
as he is the highest ranking officer, so far. Then, we bestowed
the lowliest of the low award to the most cowardly cur to ever
set sail. None other than, the shameful Captain Jason Fisher
[our chains of shame champion]. He did not let us down as he
was the first one to mutiny this year, with his father right
I announced a medallion award to the most deadly gal and guy.
Lots of sinkings resulted. After tabulating the sinks/stones,
the wonderful wenches let out a roar so loud, I still cannot
hear. The scurvy sea dogs averaged a paltry 5.87 sinks while
the wenches wracked up 8.22!!!! I am so proud of all my beautiful
lasses, I could cry. Huzzah gals.
Heat # 1 winners were: Doug Kolpien, Jon Gemmel, Josh Githens,
John Wobbeking, Vnny Sinigaglio, Jonathan Winicki, who won a
tiebreaker over Ben Collinson Sr, Paul Weintraub, Nora Tuke,
Craig Reece, Bobbi Warczak, Robert Drozd, Missy Richards, Jonathan
Barry, Jennifer Brown, and Angela Collinson who edged Andrew
Doughan by tiebreaker.
Heat # 2 worthies were: Samantha Berk, Phillip Entwistle, Josh
Githens, Ben Gardner, Sam Shambeda, Linda Pattison, Sarah Bauch
by tiebreaker over Dale Long, Craig Reece, Jeff Pattison, Stefany
Speck, Ben Collinson Sr, Mike Coomes, Rebecca Johnston, Commodore
John Elliott, and Jennifer Brown again,
Heat # 3 swelled the crew with more winners: Faith Wobbeking,
Gregbeard Zegalia, Jeff Pattison, Perrianne Lurie, Jonathan Winicki,
Rebecca Melton, Brandon Bernard, Jennifer Brown [in the running
for most ever wins],, Katherine Dougherty, Cynthia Lee, Frank
Bragg, and Barrett Straub.
Heat # 4 was the last chance to establish your bonafides in 2014.
The late qualifiers were: Danielle Zack, John Wobbeking, Sarah
Bauch, Sam Shambeda,, Joseph Collinson and Bobbi Warczak. Haakon
Monssen took on the flying dutchman alone with long john's parrot
and sank it in one salvo, 5 hits! BUT, he still came in last.
had 48 games in the heats with 38 different winners. 20 were
recorded by my wenches!! Jennifer Brown was a new crew member,
and she won all three games she played. Five qualifiers did
not show for the semis voyages and that let alternates Stefany
Speck [the defending champ], Ben Gardner, Commodore John Elliott,
Mike Coomes, and Ben Collinson Sr. sign on to the articles for
Stefany Speck made good use of her second life and won her semifinal
easily by 5 points. Vinny Sinigaglio muscled his way into the
Final by 18 points. Craig Reece barely scraped by Joe Collinson
to advance, while Jennifer Brown won her 4th game in a row to
get invited to the big dance. Young John Wobbeking edged 2013
runner-up Ben Gardner by 1 point to grab the last seat at the
table in Round 3.
The Final was memorable with only six points separating the five
contenders. 2007 champ Paul Weintraub donated a fabulous dice
roller for 5th place with a south seas motif. He is moving to
a more southern latitude and will be sorely missed. Them he
has sunk over the years sure won't miss him though. Jennifer
Brown was looking for her fifth win in a row to tie Barrett Straub's
record. I thought she might succeed until Craig Reece [4th place]
got her in his sights with six sinks. Jen only had 3 this time
and finished 5th with 30 points. Cabin boy John Wobbeking wrapped
up third place with 34 points and 4 sinks. Not bad for a lad
who needs to clib the rigging to get high enough to see over
the side. Of note was the special 'hurricane' card that struck
twice to augment the fray. That brings us to Stefany Speck and
Vinny Sinigaglio. The defending champ and laurelless Vinny were
tied at 36 points.. dun-de dum-dum! This calls for a duel to
the death Stefany had the sail advantage for first shot with
two guns. wiff! Vinny returns fire with three guns - Double
Wiff. Hey people, you're supposed to use CANNON balls, not tennis
balls. Eventually Vinny found the range and our beautiful pirette
went down with her ship! A second win with commodore-ette rank
vanishing beneath the waves. All hail the mighty Captain Vinny.
A special acknowledgement to me mates, Jason and Ron Fisher and
Barrett Straub. Without them, I would've mutinied long ago.
The medallions for most deadly pirates went to John Wobbeking
with 29 kills! including eight in one game. Ken Horan also sank
eight, but only played once. Jodi[ manstopper] Folk had six
in a game, but the lass with the most to no one's surprise was
Jennifer Brown with 21 kills and a high of eight in one game.
Ooutstanding! Jen was easily recognizable by her gorgeous wench
outfit, complete with flask! What a crew! It's enough to bring
a tear to the ol' Cap'n's eye, it tis.
It's been great fun but I'll be retiring to Tortuga and turning
the fleet over to Jason Fisher who is well qualified to tend
the helm, with his assistant's, Ron Fisher and Barrett Straub
- as well tried a trio of cutthroats as ever set sail.
Cap'n Larry on his farewell
Heir apparent, Asst GM Jason
Fisher, brings the finalists into port.
Carol Haney, Rebecca Johnston
and John Dextraze are among the 120-pirate field.