all Waves on deck ...
A pair of former champs trying to
recapture old glory on get-away day relive their recent Up
Front disappointments as Bill Edwards (left) and John Emery
fail to advance.
The voice of Slapshot, Reverend
Hunsinger, schools the youngest sailor in the field as Kevin
Emery takes advantage of his Up Front lineage.
The usual Attack Sub suspects (I mean skippers) arrived
for the traditional end-of-con event, as well as a few new players. Each
year the event gains a few new faces, a testament to the longevity
of this out-of-print title. The Swiss-elim format continued
unchanged this year, with three rounds of Swiss play advancing
eight to single elimination.
In Round 1 the less-favored Argentines dominated in scenario
D (Falklands), winning twelve games to the Brit's four. It
appears people have been practicing using the diesel subs to
best advantage, the favored side in that scenario may need to
be reassigned. In Round 2 the Soviets again had a minor
upset over the favored Americans in scenario B (Search and Destroy),
winning nine to eight. And once again only Round 3 had the
favored side as the victor, with the Brits winning nine matches
of scenario A (Sub Duel) to the Soviet's four. This last
scenario continues to be the key tiebreaker for advancing to
Four 3-0 players advanced automatically to the single elim
round, tie-breakers were used to advance four of 11 2-1 players
(three players advanced with the A tiebreaker, and strength-of-schedule
was used to advance one player with a B tiebreaker - who went
on to win the event). Newcomers Geoff Allbutt and
Alex Gesing both went unbeaten in the preliminaries, a great
start to their first Attack Sub tourney.
Players had free choice of six scenarios in single elimination,
but only three were played. Scenario A (Sub Duel) was played
twice, both Brit wins (continuing their dominance from the prelim
rounds); scenario D (Falklands) was played once, another Argentine
win; and scenario E (Rebel Without a Cause) was played four times,
all four games being won by the Soviet surface fleet sinking
the renegade Typhoon.
Former two-time champion Dan Hoffman defeated both Geoff Allbutt
and Chris Janiec using his favorite scenario (E) to advance to
the Final, while long-lost former laurelist Kaarin Engelmann
(who said she normally sleeps in through Attack Sub on
Sunday but roused herself this year) defeated Andrew Cummings
and Alex Gesing to earn a match against Dan.
Dan again selected E (Rebel) as the scenario and Kaarin picked
the Soviet surface force, even though she admitted she barely
remembered the special rules for surface ships and helicopters. The
Renegade got off to a bad start breaking it's sensor with it's
first two sonar attempts, but quickly came back to detect the
Simferopol, fire, get a hit, but then only damage it. The
surface force had its own detection problems and only gained
a minimum No Attack contact on the Renegade by the beginning
of the second deck. The Renegade attempted to launch missiles
but failed, while the surface force with a hand full of Close/Open
Range cards steadily closed the distance, first to second No
Attack, then contact 1, fired and missed, then contact 2, fired
again for a hit, but only damaged the Renegade. The
Renegade used Damage Control to repair itself, just in time as
the surface force fired again but missed. The Renegade then
took a shot but also missed. The surface force fired again,
missed, then fired again for a hit and the Renegade was
Congratulations to Kaarin Engelmann, the first female Attack
Sub champion in 18 years.
Defending champion Dave Sidelinger
(left) finds fate not as kind this year versus David Buchholz,
failing to advance to the Single Elimination portion.
Two-time champ Dan Hoffman fails in
his quest to become the first third-time winner in the Final
versus Kaarin Engelmann as GM Rob Mull watches in his farewell