And aptly for the fourth sail this game featured four ships and four players. We used the advanced rules and it was a tribute to all that it played out well given for two of the players it was their first game and only the second game for the third and I am still learning.
The HMS Defence (lower right hand corner) got in a devastating bow rake against the French 74 gun Aquilon from which it never recovered. It was on fire and had sprung a leak and went down a short time later.
The new ship Le Success also got in a first strike bow rake against the (equally new) British frigate HMS Unite. It started taking on water but its intrepid crew did their best to repair the damage. It was last seen limping away.
That left HMS Defence facing Le Success, not an even fight fight and the French were wise to retire.
For the record I was captain of the HMS Defence and Stephen, now in command of his own ship for his second voyage, was in Le Success. Simon was in his ship, HMS Unite, on his maiden voyage and Mark (yet another one) was undertaking his maiden voyage in the unfortunate Aquilon.