May 1, 2010
2010 World Championships
Attending the Championships in Atlanta was a long-shot for the Pirates (and the Knights) due to lack of funds. Fortunately, our fantastic supporters within the Nederland community came to the rescue. Rising to the challenge, friends and family in town donated nearly twice the amount needed for the registration and travel fees - and all in one week.
Blackbeard's Spitoon sailed to Atlanta and decimated the opposition, nearly notching a perfect 10-0 record in the Galileo division. We lost one close match due to a field entanglement, one due to penalties, and the final match because we forgot to remove a safety pin that prevented our broadside cannon from firing (despite that embarassing oversight, we Pirates do still believe in safety first). Our 7-3 record earned us a finish somewhere between 17th and 32nd place (the ranking formula was complicated) out of 100 teams in the Galileo division, but somehow we were not selected for the final tournament (obviously few teams have scouts as good as team 1540's).