|Situation after firing on T7. Smoke puffs on the engaged side indicate ships that fired this turn. Puffs on the unengaged side indicate unloaded guns from prior turns.|
In turn 8, the iniative order became key due to the Fire as She Bears (FASB) rule. The Dutch won the toss and the order of movement was as follows.
- The Dutch move their Flagship Zeven Provincien first. She attempted a FASB on the English tail ender Ruby before movement. This required a successful reload roll and then -2 penalty kn her dice, ut it was the only way she could fire before the English swept past her. She reloads and hits Ruby 4 times, causing a crew catastrophic hit. Zeven Provincien then moves her full distance forward. Ruby reloads and FASB before ZP moves out of arc, scoring 1 hit.
- The English move their flagship Royal Charles next, attempting a FASB on the Dutch tail-ender Noorderkwartier. However, she fails her reload and moves her full distance without firing. Noorderkwartier declines the possible FASB on Royal Charles.
- The Dutch move Speigel next (second in line behind the ZP). She could FASB but fans her reload. The English Monck declines the FASB on Speigel.
- The English move their second Royal Oak. She reloads and FASB on Geloof before movement, scoring 1 hit hit. Geloof declines the FASB in return.
- The remaining ship follow in line ahead without attempted FASBs.
|After firing on T8. Puffs on engaged side show firing this turn. Royal Oak has two puffs due to her heavy guns.|
Turn 9 firing was on a FASB basis. Monck failed to reload but Noorderkwartier hit Monck once. Ruby hit Geloof twice but took one it in return. In the morale phases, Ruby got a "must retire" result.
On the 10th turn the fleets swept past each other without FASB and the English admiral takes stock. With his flagship worn and firing half dice and Ruby having to retire, he opts to retire with his squadron into safer waters. The Dutch have taken less damage but let them retire rather than risk uncharted shoals. This also made a convenient point to call it a day and figure where I'd messed up the rules.
Historically, typically the fleets came about and made another pass of one another. The course reversals were made from the front and took a long time. During the interval damaged ships attempted repairs, dropped out of line and/or retired home depending on the level of damage and the will of the captain and crew. Seamanship was generally very high on both sides but it takes a while to get a line of 30 plus ships to reverse course. James acheived the rare feat of a course reversal from the rear at Lowestoft which was quicker but took a high level of coordination and command control.