enemy in sight [Updated Oct 2004]  

2004 WBC Report  

 2004 Status:   pending 2004 GM commitment

Bill Peeck, NY

2004 Champion

2nd: Mike Mitchell, GA

3rd: Dave Long, NC

4th: Alan Arvold, IL

5th: Matt Evinger, PA

6th: Robert Eastman, NV

Event History
1991    Winston Forrest      17
1992    John Kilbride      32
1993    Fred Gosnell      38
1994    Larry York      37
1995    Phil Thomas      49
1996    Fred Gosnell      36
1997    Tim Evinger      64
1998    Winston Forrest      59
1999    Gordon Rodgers     42
2000    Gordon Rodgers     42
2001    Thomas Wojke     55
2002    Michael Sincavage     42
2003    Matt Evinger     50
2004     Bill Peeck     30


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Gordon Rodgers

PA

00
60
 2. Mike Sincavage

VA

02
48
 3. Matt Evinger

PA

04
39
 4.  Mike Mitchell

GA

04
36
 5. Bill Peeck

NY

04
30
 6. Tom Wojke

PA

01
30
 7. Alan Arvold

IL

04
27
 8. Blair Morsen

NJ

03
18
 9. Pat Mirk

FL

02
18
10. Neal Schlaffer

MD

99
18
11. Rob Kilroy

PA

01
18
12. Dave Long

NC

04
12
13. Jon Lockwood

VA

03
12
14. Forrest Speck

MD

03
12
15. Nick Evinger

PA

02
12
16. Larry York

CA

00
12
17. Evan Hitchings

DE

03
  9
18. Joe Burch

MD

02
  9
19. Robert Kirchner

MA

01
  9
20. Kevin Combs

GA

99
  9
21. Beth Bernard

VA

03
  6
22. Rob Navolis

OH

00
  6
23. Steve Scott

CA

99
  6
24. Robert Eastman

NV

04
  3
25. James Pei

TX

02
  3
26. Randall MacInnis

NJ

01
  3
27. Todd Surgoine

OH

00
  3

Past Winners

'91, '98: Winston Forrest - VA
1995: Phil Thomas - MD

John Kilbride - PA
1992

Fred Gosnell - VA
1993, 1996

Larry York - CA
1994

Tim Evinger - PA
1997

Gordon Rodgers - PA
1999-2000

Thomas Wojke - PA
2001

Mike Sincavage - VA
2002


Matt Evinger - PA
2003
       
 


Deja Vu on the Open Waves

Due to the 10 AM start, a 3-hour time limit was implemented. This affected two semi-final games. One of which ended in a tie. Both players advanced, but Robert Eastman bowed out to catch his plane and accepted 6th place as his fate. defending champion Matt Evinger squeaked out a preliminary victory by two points to advance and keep his title defense alive. The later start affected the attendance, down to 30 from 50 the previous year.

A flurry of initial RED cards in the Final saw DL's San Leandro run around, ME adding the San Juan to his fleet, a strike which bothered no one, and a hull fire starting in DL's Montanez. MM drew first blood by sinking the Insurgente. AA hit ME with the British Break the Line and everyone caste a hungry gaze towards the defending champion. A Weathergauge, pulled by ME, saved himself from any losses. MM tried the American Break the Line, only to have DL pull the last Weathergauge. BP sank the damaged Montanez, while ME damaged the Royal Sovereign. ME takes advantage of a combination of broadside and rake cards to sink the Royal Sovereign. AA put 3 damage on a listing Orient and DL sank it with another 3-hit broadside. MM slammed the Victory with 3 mast damage. Both Blockades get placed and this set the scene for the next flurry of action. ME took Victory's rigging down and used a Boarding Party, rolling a 6 to take and declare it as a prize. His very next turn he played one of three Refuse Battles he had been holding and gains an instant 30 VP. The focus of the game now shifts to ME as he has taken over first place with a commanding lead of 46 VP. Profoundly, it will be the last VP he earns for the remainder of the game. DL had the uncanny misfortune of drawing bad cards. In addition to all the RED cards which caused him to miss more than one turn, he managed to drew three himself and for a while no usable ammunition. He did however play four Additional Ship cards and managed to sink the Orient. I think the others felt sorry for him? Late in the game DL managed to hoard enough ammunition to dismast the Mars and steal it.

From the results of the second deal it looked like ME would have an easy time on his way to another victory, but the other players would prevent him from scoring any points. BP started the action with a 2-hit mast shot to the Orient. AA loses the Ville D Paris to a Run Aground and MM places a fire in the rigging of the Orient. AA places a Break The Line on ME. .Two fires now raged in the Hull of ME's dismasted Orient. MM draws the Shannon only to have it dismasted, stolen and added to AA's fleet. So on his very next turn MM sinks it. DL's propensity for drawing RED cards continued as he delivers a Strike card to ME's Orient and it STRIKES! One turn later with two hull fires and seven hull damage the Orient explodes! History has repeated itself. BP sinks the Constellation. While AA successfully boards and prizes the Britannia for 30 VP. In a succession of turns BP sinks MM's Insurgente, dinks then sinks the Serapis, Blockades DL's port, withstood the British Break the Line from DL, sinks the San Juan De Nepomunceno. Finally he boards, steals and declares as a prize the San Justo. DL's final play of the game came as he drew yet another RED Card which happened to be the last remaining Weathergauge clearing the British Break the Line. With only one card remaining in the deck BP drew and played a Refuse Battle to gain 22 VP. During his "Glorious 8th of August" he racked up 69 VP and ended the game after only two decks scoring a total of 103 VP. Matt Evinger's try for two straight years with "wood" falls short.

Final Round Scores
 Player 1st Hand 2nd Hand Place   1st Fleet  2nd Fleet
Bill Peeck - BP 34 69 1st - 103  1,1,3,3,4,5 3,3,3,4,4,5
Mike Mitchell - MM 43 31 2nd - 74  2,2,4,5,5,5 1,3,3,3,4,5
Dave Long - DL 28 36 3rd - 64  3,4,4,5,5,6 2,3,3,4,5,5
Alan Arvold - AA 17 38 4th - 55  1,2,3,5,5,6 1,1,3,3,4,6
Matt Evinger - ME 46 0 5th -46  1,2,3,3,3,5 1,1,2,2,2,5

 GM      Neal Schlaffer  [14th Year]   NA 
    nschlaffer@comcast.net   NA

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