There was a lot of carnage this year at NATS. There were 92 sinks (Warships & convoys) with 29 on Monday alone. Of those 92 sinks 26 were in campaign, 29 were in the first sortie and 37 in the second sortie. All of the sinks were not caused by a large rise in the bb hit percentage. This year the bb hit percentage was 18.8% compared to 18.6% last year and 14.9% in 2002. I find the hit percentage by taking the units for the ships and subtracting 1 or 1/2 units for each shipís pump. I adjust for people who sank in the first sortie. Then I take that number as the Gun Units and multiplied it by 100 to get the total bbs that could be shot. Then I add up the number of holes and divided. I do not have the number of bbs left in captainís guns at the end of each sortie. So, I guessed that for every 100 bbs that could get shot only 75 did get shot.

 

2002 TOTALS WITH 75 BBs PER BATTLE PER GUN

 

GUNS UNITS

HOLES

 

 

 

BBs

HITS

%

975.5

8071

926

1885

 

73162.5

10882

14.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003 TOTALS WITH 75 BBs PER BATTLE PER GUN

 

GUNS UNITS

HOLES

 

 

 

BBs

HITS

%

799.75

7957

1054

2165

 

59981.25

11176

18.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004 TOTALS WITH 75 BBs PER BATTLE PER GUN

 

GUNS UNITS

HOLES

 

 

 

BBs

HITS

%

872.5

8562

1091

2635

 

65437.5

12288

18.8%

The Allies shot 19.5% and the Axis shot 18.1%. The number of holes was almost even at 6,138 (3,967-575-1,596) in the Allies and 6,150 (4,595-516-1,039) holes in the Axis. The big difference in holes is the Axis with 628 more aboves and the Allies with 557 more bellows. This goes with the gun arrangement on many Allied ships being triple sterns. The best % shot for a fleet was 26.4% by the Axis A fleet vs Allied B fleet Tuesday morning. The Axis won that battle by 9,525. The worst % was the Axis B fleet Monday morning 9.6%. The Allies won that battle by 2,935. This was the only battle not at night were the % was below 10. The Allies shot 14.8% during night battle this year.

While there was only one more captain and a few more ship units at NATS this year there were 1,112 more holes. Half of these holes were belows, our rookie class of 2002 must be getting good using the sidemount.

MAIN WARSHIPS

2002

2003

2004

CLASS

NUMBER OF SHIPS

CLASS

NUMBER OF SHIPS

CLASS

NUMBER OF SHIPS

 

ALLIED

AXIS

TOTAL

 

ALLIED

AXIS

TOTAL

 

ALLIED

AXIS

TOTAL

2

2

0

2

2

0

0

0

2

0

1

1

3

4

4

8

3

2

1

3

3

5

0

5

4

2

9

11

4

6

4

10

4

4

6

10

5

1

6

7

5

6

7

13

5

6

2

8

6

13

3

16

6

8

8

16

6

6

11

17

7

0

4

4

7

0

0

0

7

2

0

2

 

 

 

48

 

 

 

42

 

 

 

43

 

WARSHIPS SINKS BY CLASS

2002

2003

2004

CLASS

NUMBER OF SHIPS

CLASS

NUMBER OF SHIPS

CLASS

NUMBER OF SHIPS

 

ALLIED

AXIS

TOTAL

 

ALLIED

AXIS

TOTAL

 

ALLIED

AXIS

TOTAL

2

2

0

2

2

0

2

2

2

0

7

7

3

2

1

3

3

4

2

6

3

8

0

8

4

0

11

11

4

6

4

10

4

9

6

15

5

1

5

6

5

6

12

18

5

19

2

21

6

11

4

15

6

4

15

19

6

12

13

25

7

0

2

2

7

0

0

0

7

3

0

3

 

 

 

39

 

 

 

55

 

 

 

79

The biggest difference in sinks this year was in class 5 where the Allies lost 19 ships (6 were at NATS) and the Axis lost 2 (Only 2 were at NATS). These means on average each allied class 5 ship sank 3+ times. It was a bad week to be class 5. Some other interesting numbers from the score sheets: The 29 sinks on Monday were almost as many as all week in 2002. The Axis won only one more battle (8-7) then the Allies. But the average win for the Axis was 6,390 and the Allies just sneaked by with a margin of victory of 1,769 on average. The Axis won three battles by 9,500 to 11,100 points making the difference in the week. The Allies were actually ahead in battles until Friday when the Axis swept both fleets.

Chris Kesslerís score for the whole week was 11-0-0, I think I got 11 aboves in the first two minuets of battle. When Chris buys a sheet of silk span itís a lifetime supply. Tom Brownís week score was 9-2-5 all but 1 above was in the first battle on Monday. Maybe Chris and Tom can share the sheet for the next decade. On the other end was Mike Melton with 426-65-117. Of course 124-18-44 came from his brother in a 1on1. The second year in a row that Tom beat Mike 1on1. Tim Beckett had the most aboves in one battle with 169. Jeff Lide had 144 as a distant second. Dave Au had 24 ons in one battle. Tim Becket also had the most bellows with 51 (The same battle as his 169 aboves) Pat Clakre had 49 for a close second. Tim also had the most holes in one battle with 239, and he did not sink. Good thing that was Friday, I wonder if Tim has patched those holes yet.

There were a lot of sinks this year and I was the center of several of them. I sank nine times during the week. Four times in fleet battles, three times in 1on1s, once with my campaign cruiser and once with a Titanic. Even worse than that my ships sank twelve times. Swampy Steve lost the Minneapolis twice and the CLV Princeton went down two times in campaign. Thatís 15,255 points my ships & I gave to the Axis Fleet.

Jake Bruder beat his dad (By 1,180) and his brother (By 385) in 1on1s this year. Now we know who the best Bruder battler is.