Deja Vu on the Open Waves
Starting later on Sunday required the implementation of a
3-hour time limit. Games not completed by then were adjudicated.
This only effected one prelininary game and the outcome was assured
even without time running out. One semifinal game's winner and
runner-up could not stay and compete so the third placed player
advanced. The defending champion failed to clear the Preliminaries.
Fame is fleeting.
In Sight morphed into Family Feud as the Hitchings
and Evingers faced off with several family members each advancing
to the final game. The initials of the finalists, listed below,
are used hereafter to report the action.
TH provided the first in a series of fire insurance hits to
BB. ME drew first blood by sinking the Baionnaise. Like
father like son, NE sank the Chesapeake. JL hit ME with
a Break the Line and everyone took advantage of it. BB failed
to board the Insurgente. TH had better luck and stole
the Venguer Du Peuple. FS sank the Serapis. EH
sank the BonHomme Richard. A Weatherguage, pulled by TH,
saved ME from further ravaging. NE and FS combine to damage the
Montanez, but it is NE who dealt the coup de grace. FS
took the Guerrier, then ran JL's blockade to take a prize
home for 18 VP. First deck action ended in a flurry of botched
boarding parties while JL stole the TH's Thunderer to
end the round.
As a result of many low rating ships being dealt, second deck
action began with the successive play of five additional ship
cards. EH dismasted and successfully stole FS's Thunderer.
ME then failed in his boarding attempt and handed EH another
prize. Three turns and two red cards later EH got his prizes
back to port for 44 VP. The remaining players eyed their new
target. BB successfully boarded the Bellerophon with the
assist of +2 grape and one turn later took it back to port. TH
dismasted the Macedonian and declared a prize. This and one other
prize will never make it to port. EH drew three cards to fill
his hand and all were red. He masterfully played each red card
and when his line is broken by FS he played his final red card,
a Weathergauge. BM dismasted the San Juan De Nepomunceno,
boarded with +2 and then added the ship to his shrinking fleet.
BB likewise stole the Java and added it to her line. BM
sank the Indefatigable. FS sank TH's prize, the Macedonian.
NE's Bon Homme Richard struck and EH plays a Boarding
Party to take it away and the hand ends. EH became the next round's
Third deck action began with both Admiralty's Orders weakening
two fleets. Fire insurance became the order of the day. EH drew
the Orient. BM dismasted the Montanez and won the
prize. TH blew the Phoebe out of the water with a combined
3+2 hull hit. BB grabbed the Insurgente from BP, won the
Mars from NE in a botched Boarding attempt and eventually
returned both prizes to port. ME used a Fireship against EH's
port and sank the Elephant. TH stole BM's Vengence.
ME, BM and FS combined efforts to sink the Orient with
FS taking it down. EH got hammered and ended the round down 15
Fourth deck action saw the two leaders JL and BB pounded to
splinters. Each suffered the ignominious honor of having their
respective scores reduced by 15 VP for having no ships in their
line at the end of the hand. ME dismasted TH's burning Monarca,
but BM sank it first. BM later sank the Insurgente, the
Fougeux, and the Bahama. NE used a Fireship against
BB's port and sank the Mars. ME blasted the Baionnaise.
In quick succession ME grabbed the United States and Ville
De Paris followed by a Refuse Battle for a quick 52VP's.
In the next few turns ME sank the Bienfaison and the Bucentaure
propelling himself into first place with 74 VP's. BM lost his
San Leandro to three fires burning out of control. However,
BM dismasted the San Juan De Nepomunceno (again) and declared
it as a prize. His next turn he sank JL's last ship, the Europe.
Even with this loss JL managed to place third. One father (ME)
took first and one father (TH) finished last. EH bested his father
by double. ME beat his son by more than double. Honor thy father?
Final Round Scores
|Matt Evinger - ME
|Blair Monsen - BM
|Jonathan Lockwood - JL
|Evan Hitchings - EH
|Beth Bernard - BB
|Forrest Speck - FS
|Nick Evinger - NE
|Tim Hitchings - TH
( ) cumulative score.
Matt Evinger (top left) rests behind
his line on the way to victory in the Final as Forrest Speck
(at right) places a broadside.