With colder weather, the 2018 battle season has wrapped up, and the build season is well underway. Many captains are building new ships to see if they can turn the tide at nationals next year. The Annual Ballot has been distributed on the Yahoo list, and votes will be tallied in the beginning of December. In the northeast, a squadron of French Courbet class ships are under development, ready to make the French Navy Great Again! What’s in your shipyard? Time spent in the shipyard now reaps benefits on the pond next season!
The 2018 Nationals were held in July 2018 in Lancing, TN. Over 40 captains battled it out on the high seas, at one of the largest events in recent history. The smaller Axis force swept the fleet battles, almost doubling the Allied Scores. The Allies won both Campaign battles, but it was not enough to turn the tide. See the scores page for the score sheet. A good time was had by all!
The 2018 Nationals event will be held in Lancing, Tennessee from July 8th through July 13th at one of our member’s family property.
This site is centrally located between our common battle sites in order to allow for maximum attendance from our membership. We expect captains from Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, New York as well as many locations in between, and this should be one of the largest national events the club as seen in recent years.
Final details for the event pricing are still being ironed out, but you can sign up here to let us know if you plan to attend!
The 2018 spring battle schedule is shaping up with several events across the country! Check out the official event listing and sign up here:
Here is a current listing of events
March 9 – 12 – Brouhaha on the Bayou – Boutte, LA
April 13 – 15 – Great Guns at Greenbrier – Boonsboro, MD
May 4 – 6 – Battle for Ming’s Moat – Coxsackie, NY
May 26 – 28 – Memorial day battles (2x) – Saranac, MI and Statesboro, GA
Possible additional events are expected in Minnesota and Texas!
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|
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
Caleb Smith, one of our club members, posted in YouTube this video he made explaining our hobby, and hopefully why we find it so much fun. It explains a lot about why we find this so much fun (and the great “captains” like Caleb are the other reason).
Hello IRCWCC Captains! I’m helping with the website now and getting around to updating things. A number of captains had asked about posting the results from last summer’s National Competition (“NATs”), so I’ve obtained a copy of the score file and it looks like things got shaken up with SOMETHING NEW last summer:
Day one ended after two battles with the underdog Allies looking to finally make a comeback this year after many seasons of loss to the Axis fleet.
Allies: 49,930 points
Axis: 37,440 points
A new team emerged starting the next morning (a couple HMS Queen Elizabeth captains apparently complained the targets sank before they could get enough shots in to be fun, so they made dark pacts with the Devil – I’m sure secret rituals (and some cookies!) were involved – and formed an alliance with the other side creating a new fleet, the “X-Axis”!. This new fleet was a force to be reckoned with. Although there were not as many sinks after that, there was still lots of carnage (and munching of balsa), with final scores of:
“XAXIS” VICTORY OVER ALLIES AND AXIS!
10 Years in a Row!! Axis win NATS!!
Final Score: Axis – 173,150 Allies – 79,330
35 ships fought it out in the summer heat of North Carolina for bragging rights for the the year. Shredded balsa flew and boats went bow up before sinking below the waves but everyone had a blast.
|Von Fluegel||Carl Camurati||SMS Nassau|
|Brian Spychalski||Rob Arena|
|Alien Award (Most Damage Not sunk)||Brian Lamb||HMS Iron Duke (3,180 pts)|
|Allied Most Feared||Bob Hoernemann||HMS Warspite|
|Allied Spirit Award||Ken Arena|
|Axis Most Feared||Mark Lide||IJN Mutsu|
|Axis Spirit Award||Bryan Finster|
|Ball Breaker Award||Kas Gaigalas|
|Best of Scale Combat||Chase Hargrave||HMS Duke of York|
|Best of Scale Convoy||Barry Tighe||Glinda E.|
|Best Ram||Bob Hoernemann|
|Class 3 Award||Randy Stiponovich||IJN Furutaka|
|Class 4 Award (tie)||Carl Camurati||SMS Nassau|
|Class 4 Award (tie)||Tom Tanner||SMS Ostfriesland|
|Class 4 Award (tie)||Barry Tighe||SMS Von der Tann|
|Class 5 Award||Johnny Adams||SMS Baden|
|Class 6 Award||Chris Kessler||DKM Bismarck|
|Class 7 Award||N/A - no entries|
|Fire Stick||N/A - gone missing|
|Individual Combat Award||Chase Hargrave||HMS Duke of York|
|Life Line Award||David Ranier||T2 Tanker|
|Most Spectacular Sink||Chase Hargraves||HMS Duke of York|
|Really Super Swimmer||Trey Schultz|
|Ring of Death||Not held|
|Risk Trophy||N/A - not played this year 🙁|
|Rookie of the Year||Zack Hoernemann||HMS Bermuda|
|Swiss Chesse (Most Damage sunk)||Steve Andrews||USS Arkansas (5,900 pts)|
|Tech Award||Rick Schultz|