NATS 2017 – Axis hold on for victory!

The 2017 Nationals event was held in Saranac, MI in July 2017.  29 captains slugged it out in very fierce battling all week long.

The sides were 17 Allied captains verse 12 Axis captains, but the Axis jumped out to an early lead with crushing defeats of the Allied team in both battles on Monday.  The Allied ships experienced a number of mechanical failures, and were unable to adequately concentrate fire on the smaller Axis fleet.  The Axis extended their lead Tuesday morning, but the Allies rallied back and captured their first victory on Tuesday afternoon.  On Wednesday during night battle the Axis seemed unaffected by the darkness and effectively landed shots on the Allied boats, while the Allies concentrated on shooting the water around the Axis boats.  Thursday and Friday saw minor Allied victories in each battle, however they were not able to close the gap to catch the Axis.  Here are the scores throughout the week:

Battle Axis Allied Leader Overall Point Differential
Monday AM    21,420  12,800 Axis                  8,620
Monday PM    16,920    8,330 Axis                17,210
Tuesday AM    13,770    8,720 Axis                22,260
Tuesday PM      7,960  12,610 Axis                17,610
Wed Night      5,920    1,680 Axis                21,850
Thursday AM    15,110  20,730 Axis                16,230
Thursday PM    12,660  16,460 Axis                12,430
Friday    12,240  15,430 Axis                  9,240
Total  106,000  96,760 Axis                  9,240

Overall it was a very successful event, with all participants having a good time.

Here is a brief highlight video with some of the action