Two games were played, both 40 point games. The fleets for the first game were as follows:
Concord + captain
Virtuous Wind + captain
El Alma + explorer
La Cazadora + helmsman
The home islands were close together, with each fleet eager to start the action. The Annapolis was the first ship to explore, but she was quickly set upon by the Virtuous Wind and captured by the Cazadora. The rest of the American fleet headed east.
Fool's Hope + captain, helmsman, cannoneer
Hades' Flame + explorer
HMS Richards + helmsman, explorer
HMS Resistance + explorer
HMS Snipe + explorer
The English went first and headed out to the nearby islands. The Hades' Flame grabbed gold as the Fool's Hope headed towards the middle of the sea to create chaos.
In a surprise move the Fool's Hope once again towed the Snipe, but then ran into a fog bank!
The Fool's Hope towed the Snipe home as the Hades' Flame and Snipe brought back their final coins. With the docking of the captured Snipe all available gold had been unloaded to home islands, a rather uncommon occurrence.
The gold was tallied up, with the Pirates coming out on top 17-13! The Pirates had terrible luck finding gold, with both 4's being found by the English early in the game. However, capturing the Snipe effectively won the game for the Pirates, providing the difference in a very good and close-fought game!