wooden ships & iron men [Updated October 2005]  

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William Rohrbeck, NH

2005 Champion

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Event History
1991    Jim Truit      23
1992    John Boisvert      29
1993    John Boisvert      36
1994    William Rohrbeck      28
1995    Larry York      21
1996    David Cross      16
1997    David Metzger      20
1998    Michael Brannaman      20
1999    Paul Risner       8
2000    David Cross     16
2001    Curtis Dietrich     26
2002    William Rohrbeck     23
2003    William Rohrbeck     27
2004     Arthur Davis     22
2005     William Rohrbeck     19


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  William Rohrbeck   NH    05     86
  2.  Tim Hitchings      DE    05     56
  3.  Arthur Davis       MI    04     41
  4.  Keith Hunsinger    OH    05     32
  5.  Larry York         CA    02     20
  6.  Curtis Dietrich    FL    01     20
  7.  David Cross        NJ    00     14
  8.  Wade Fowble        MD    03     12
  9.  Paul Risner        FL    99     10
 10.  Mark McCandless    LA    03      9
 11.  Stephen Field      IL    02      9
 12.  Kevin Boles        AL    04      9
 13.  Benoit Groulx      QC    04      8
 14.  Joe Pabis          VA    05      6
 15.  Ed Majeski         IL    02      6
 16.  Ron Glass          FL    00      6
 17.  Verity Hitchings   DE    05      4
 18.  Michael Bergt      FL    03      3
 19.  Joseph Abrams      CT    00      3
 20.  Stuart Smart       NY    99      3
 21.  Joe Doughan        NJ    05      2
 22.  Jim Jordan         MD    04      2
 23.  Frank CZawlytko    MD    01      2


2005 Laurelists

Keith Hunsinger, OH

Tim Hitchings, DE

Joe Pabis, VA

Verity Hitchings, DE

Joe Doughan, NJ

Past Winners

'91: Jim Truit, MA
'92-93: John Boisvert, NJ

William Rohrbeck, NH
1994, 2002-03

Larry York .CA

David Cross, VA
1996, 2000

David Metzger, NY

Michael Brannaman. SC

Paul Risner, FL

Curtis Dietrich, FL

Arthur Davis, MI

sailing, sailing ...

Tuesday night's heat saw the return of three-time champion Bill Rohrbeck, taking the heat to qualify for the semifinals.

The teaching session on Wednesday morning resulted in several new faces at the afternoon heat. Despite the enthusiasm of the recruits, the heat was taken by Keith Hunsinger, who was able to be present for his first complete tournament since 2001.

Friday proved to be "anything can happen day" as giant killers swept the waves.

Joe Doughan defeated two-time champion Dave Cross in a design-your-own squadron battle, earning him the "Midshipman of the Year" award.

The GM's daughter, Verity Hitchings, defeated her father once and already-seeded Keith Hunsinger twice in single ship matches (Who let her in here?).

Despite his losses to Verity, Keith was able to hold on and earn the John Paul Jones award for best single ship captain.

Bill Rohrbeck took the Suffren award for best squadron commander, having defeated Keith in the Battle of Lake Erie and Rod Coffey in Broke's Challenge.

Saturday's Fleet Action saw a modified Battle of Quiberon Bay, complete with gale force winds. The Brits anchored three 50-gun ships off the French coast. The French fleet of 80's and 74's descended upon the 50's, which put up a brave fight, losing two of their number. Skillful sailing saved the third. The tide turned with the arrival of the main British force of 90's, 74's, and the 100 gun Royal George.

Vice Admiral Keith Hunsinger captured not one, but two ships from GM Tim Hitchings (Who designed this scenario, anyway?).

Keith and Joe Pabis took the awards for best British and best French players.

In the semifinals, Bill Rohrbeck bested wild card qualifier Tim Hitchings with two American 74 gun ships vs. Tim's three smaller Russian 74's.

Keith Hunsinger defeated Joe Pabis with three elite Dutch 68 gun ships v. Joe's three crack Russian 74's (not a good day for the Motherland).

In the Final, Bill Rohrbeck's three crack French 80's defeated Keith Hunsinger's two elite American 74's and crack 44 gun frigate for his fourth wood, leaving Keith the bridesmaid yet again.

 GM      Tim Hitchings  [4th Year]   330 Kemper Dr, Newark, DE 19702 
    hitchings@juno.com   302 836-3088

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