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    Default Partizan 21. The Action photographs.

    Game on!

    The first game was a training session involving a very patient Ruth and Chris with a keen new young ships captain being shown the ropes.
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    The GM looks on as the two protagonists close, and our new captain discovers what a raking shot is.
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    Meanwhile from 15 miles away sailing the "Billy Ruffian" I tack toward the sound of the guns to try and give aid to our young captain.
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    As the french ship captained by Ruth and our gallant young captain battle it out broadside to broadside, I continue to struggle against the headwind tacking back and forth across the bay.
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    Both 74s complete their turns and go broadside to broadside again. Our young captain giving as good as he gets.
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    Finally the GM steps in with my ship still well off the action and although I had it down as a drawn game Ruth magnanimously accepts that our young captain should be awarded the win.

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    Intermission!

    Little did the British squadron realize that this was to be the last success for most of the day as the next four games will show tomorrow.

    Meantime three old friends hove into view ready to take up the vacant captancies as the second game was prepared.
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    These fine fellows are the closest tat we have to groupies as we plough the Main each year from Gig to Gig or even longboat.
    Stalwarts all with a ready northern wit and a penchant for a good old contretemps, they readily took up the cudgels for the next encounter.


    To be continued..........
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    As we wait for a fair wind to set sail on the second mission, a "fly boy" greets his old shipmates.
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    Looking forward to seeing the rest of the photos with the accompanying dialogue.
    It looks quite busy Rob, was there a good turn out for the show?

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    Laurence Baldwin who runs Partizan told me that in the first half hour of opening thy had over 900 through the doors, so I expect they made the expected 2000 with ease, although we did notice the crowds start to thin out by about 3PM.
    It certainly kept us busy all day.

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    It sounds like you had a good time.

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    Would have been even better with another Admiral alongside Dave.

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    Game Two.



    The french Squadron plot their attack.
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    Whilst the British consider a few last minute instructions.
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    Both squadrons manoeuvre to gain the wind advantage.
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    Fire is exchanged with varying results.
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    One raking action takes place, and for an instant the British seem to have the upper hand.
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    However one French 74 seems to have lost rudder control, and heads for the edge of the world.
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    A late repair fails to save him and he dips below the horizon.
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    Then there were three, and a definite British advantage.
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    Until one of the British felt the French had a really good idea and also headed for oblivion.
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    A mistake by the final British ship left the French a bow rake and boarding chance and the game could have ended here with a French victory against all the odds.
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    The Ship mats show the relative situation between the two ships at this stage.
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    The two ships now seperated to lick their wounds and mak repairs before reentering the fray.
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    Coming about they closed for the final showdown.
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    For a moment it seemed as if a collision was about to happen.
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    At the last instant the French captain turned into the wind and grappled the bow of the English ship, at the same time raking it for a second time.
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    Firing from the tops now concluded the matter as the last English tars fell to the French snipers in the tops.
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    Game three.

    Game three saw two new captains enter the fray, and Simon took over as GM.
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    After a little instruction both captains proceeded to sea.
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    The ships closed on each other.
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    They prepared for a first exchange of fire.
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    When it took place the result was somewhat one sided. The British being cripled with hull shots and a fire, whilst the French lost mainly crewmen.
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    Both ships seperated.
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    Coming about they approached each other again.
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    As the French 74 crossed the British bow it got off a shot with the rear battery.
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    This was all the British could take.
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    A final pass by the French reduced it to a sinking hulk.

    One more win for the French.
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    Here we see our two captains posing for their portraits.
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    Will tomorrows game four bring on a much needed British Renaissance or will the French continue to ride roughshod over the English ships and their captains............ We will just have to wait and see dear reader!

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    Game four.



    Game four was a filler for just after lunch whilst all the punters were still very sparse on the decks.

    It began with a stern chase from me to close on Chris.
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    Chris jibed and delivered a broadside at range which did me no good whatever.
    It closed three boxes and set me on fire.
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    Foolishly I continued to overhaul him in the hope of some retribution with both my broadsides double shotted and ready with first fire bonus intact.
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    As I overhauled him, he fired again.
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    As can be seen from the ship log this finished me in short order with my ship having two more fires break out burning me down to the waterline even before I had a chance to blow up.

    Two broadsides and game over.
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    Game Five.

    The final game of the afternoon witnessed the return of our young captain to do battle with Ruth once more.
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    Both ships tried to gain a wind advantage, which finally went to Ruth.
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    As she closed our hero gave her a warm reception with a long range raking shot.
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    Ruth then came about and both ship closed up.
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