Squawk ... Heave Cap'n Larry overboard!
Beware all ye who dare enter these
There's treasure to be had for Cap'n
We had 58 buckle-swashers this year. Last year we had 71.
What happened? Too many King's Commissioners on the prowl?
We did have 15 wenches or fairer-framed pirate-ettes though to
brighten up the decks.
Heat #1 drew six games. The victors once the boarding was
done were: John Schoose, Dan Hoffman, Katherine Hitchings,
John Ellsworth, Zack Dunn, and young buck Henry Pfeiffer.
Former champ, John Elliot and Paul Weintraub tangled in one game
and both walked the plank, finishing 4th and 5th respectively!
They lost to a rookie - John Ellsworth, who learned the game
an hour before with his lovely lass Sue. My assistant Tom
Pavy, showed them the ropes in the demoand primed them well for
dealing with cutthroats in the 'Cove.
Heat # 2 hosted seven games. Those making shore with the
most swag were: Greybeard Zegalia, former champ Chris Striker,
Matt Evinger, John Faella, Beth Zhao, Frank Sinigaglio, and Verity
Hitchings. That mother/daughter combo was tough. These
gals sank 16 fellow pirates in just two games!!! In all,
the wenches sank 53 ships ... a blood thirsty crew if ever there
was one. Expect no mercy from these cold-hearted devils!
Heat #3 drew five games worth of cutthroats. The most successful
booty takers were former champ Chris Striker [did he honestly
think those brigands would allow him to win again?], John Schoose
and Beth Zhao[again ... obviously piracy is in their blood],
Chris Gnech and finally, after making the Final every year, facing
elimination, Tom Pavy's scurvy self. Tom and Ashley Collinson
sank the flying dutchman on Turn 12 to bury their loot!
15 pirates flushed by recent victory, sailed into Tortuga at
the appointed time for the Semis, so we went with five 4-player
games, admitting five knaves from the crew for a second chance.
We had to go ten deep down the alternate list to fill the crew
with Forrest Speck being the last man aboard. Them's that comes
to the party gets to play. Chris Gnech, Chris Striker,
Henry Pfeiffer, Forrest Speck and Tom Pavy made short work of
the pretenders and moved on to the Final. Forrest and Tom were
making a return visit to the fnal round, having sailed these
waters last year too. Whoever says 'Cove is all luck should consult
with these guys. Tom has been in the Final EVERY YEAR!
The man knows his way around a cutlass.
Problems arose when Chris Striker set sail for another Final.
Mutiny! I decided to go with a 4-player Final rather than
advance the best second since that had not been specified in
advance. In the Final, Henry Pfeiffer sank four pirates
in his quest for a score of 49. Chris Gnech hung in for
42 pts, but ol' salt Pavy blew his way to 49 and his long sought
championship. After four years of near misses, he was due.
Ah, let us not forget poor Forrest. He faltered last year
[barely] and squeezed his way into the semi's and Final this
time only to get off to a rather slow start. HE SCORED
HIS FIRST POINT ON TURN 8!!! in a 12-turn game! Until
next year, keep yer cannons loaded! P.S.
Squawker says "walk da plank!"
Frank sez the Jolly Roger has been
hoisted ... protect your purse and innocents.
Cap'n Larry dons his Mr Sneed outfit
to oversee the finalists split the booty.