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Reflections on Springing at Anchor

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My newest Springing Rules:

Springing Rules.pdf


This was a test of my newest Springing Rules.

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To set the tableau, during the Quasi-war, the American frigate Saratoga discovers a French frigate watering on a small island in the Caribbean. The French, caught off guard and on a lee shore decide to fight from a spring instead of slipping the anchor.

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The springing player announces that the spring is set up to port, and after movement cards for the next turn have been picked reveals his action. A 4 point turn is not guaranteed for a frigate, and the player successfully pulls an “E” chit.

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Each wedge represents 2 points of arc or 22.5 degrees.

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Saratoga stands on in…

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The long view, still outside of range.

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Courageuse continues to spring to starboard, but is limited in her turn rate, since she can only turn a maximum of 6 points every two turns.

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Saratoga continues to stand on in…

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Courageuse’s captain feels that the deterrent of having to sail straight into the teeth of a broadside might encourage the Yankee to depart, and continues to spring to starboard.

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He’s wrong. Saratoga wears, just out of range.

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Feeling secure in his position, Courageuse’s captain gives the order for the men at the capstan to “Hold Fast”!

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Both captains have misjudged and neither opponent is in the other’s broadside.

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Courageuse springs another two points to starboard as Saratoga tries to headreach her, and almost succeeds. Saratoga gets off a full broadside while Courageuse can only fire from the bow arc.

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The smoke from the broadsides lingers as Saratoga luffs up, preparing to give the larboard battery a turn…

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