With all the ships still on the table it was a simple thing today to run yesterday's action again. Once again the Swedes are on the left - Draken, Stora Kronan and Hieronymous with Fenix shadowing them - and the Danes on the right - Christianus V, Sophia Amalia and Dannebroge, accompanied by Hommeren.
Both squadrons stayed fairly organised this time. The Swedes bore down on the Danes, who held their line.
... and collided with Sophia Amalia. The resulting damage was too much for the surviving Swedish battleship, and it struck.
This just left the Swedes with the Fenix, which fled. Neither frigate had been seriously engaged.
The Swedes lost all three of their ships of the line. The Danes had been seriously battered though, with both Christianus V and Sophia Amalia being crippled. Only Dannebroge had escaped serious damage.
This was a much more satisfying game, with both squadrons maintaining some semblence of order for most of the battle, but a lot of it hinging on failed activations leading to rolls on the terrible All At Sea table.
I made two small changed. Excess Hull criticals would only cause a ship to sink if it was, or had previously been, holed. And if a ship took excess damage from a collision, it would sink on a D6 roll of 1-3 and remain afloat but strike on a 4-6. I'll write up my excess damage rules and add them to my house-rules at some stage.