From Europe to Canada, Word Game Players compete

The Competitive Cruisers

The Competitive Cruisers

From Larry Rand:
Azamara Quest Transatlantic Scrabble™ cruise
We survived four days at sea between Cork, Ireland and St. John’s, Newfoundland. The captain of the vessel adeptly avoided the brunt of the remnants of a downgraded hurricane.
Undaunted, we got in our four sea days of Scrabble™ from 9am to 1pm each day. After Newfoundland, we completed the tournament, explored the Sagueney river fjord, and Quebec city. The cruise concluded with an overnight stay in Montreal.  More pictures at VanRand London – Montreal. Results at Cruise Results.

Division 1 winners: Larry Rand, Keith Hagel, Jill Turney, Barbara Van Alen

Division 1 winners: Larry Rand, Keith Hagel, Jill Turney, Barbara Van Alen

Division 2 Winners: Maureen Morris, Dawn Doyle, Andrea Hatch, Nancy McCarroll

Division 2 Winners: Maureen Morris, Dawn Doyle, Andrea Hatch, Nancy McCarroll

 

Van Rand hosts Phoenix players

Phx Oct 16From Larry Rand:

We moved the tournament to our home and had 10 players attend with a wonderful selection of pot luck dishes.  Thanks to everyone for their participation.  Special thanks to Barbara for the data entry and kitchen organization.  Pictures available at SmugmugPhx1day

Results at Phoenix One-Day Oct
The next Phoenix tournament will be the 33rd annual scheduled for February 17– Early Bird, and February 17-20 – Main Event.  If your name does not appear on the entrants list, and you are planning on attending, PLEASE send me an email at larryrand@cox.net 

 

Happy Winners in Monrovia

From Maddy Kamen:

Hard at play

Hard at play

We had 44 players – payouts were 112% of entry fees due to a generous donation. Dave Postal debuted as director. First place winners were Maddy Kamen, Brian Nelson, Cooper Komatsu, Dave Baran, and Ben Ansell. Prizes were also given for high “Postal” word, plus high game, high loss, and high play in each division. Fun day for all!

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Dave Postal

Dave Postal

Results at Monrovia Results

Labor Day Weekend in Portland, Oregon – the usual

The tournament was abbreviated – only 16 games over 2 days.  We all had a good time and look forward to resting from our labors on Labor Day.  Nigel Peltier had 13 wins, overpowering Division 1.  6th-seeded Gary Waltuch led Division 3 with 12 wins.  Jeannie Wilson and I each had 11 wins to top Division 2, but I beat her out on spread.

Cleanup crew: Leesa, Laurie, Siri, Jesse, Tomiko, Paula, Anne, Nigel, Elizabeth, Jeannie

Cleanup crew: Leesa, Laurie, Siri, Jesse, Tomiko, Paula, Anne, Nigel, Elizabeth, Jeannie

I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures during the tournament, but the cleanup crew posed for me afterward.  Paula Catanese took the picture of us Saturday evening at the local brewpub.

Saturday Night: Laurie, Leesa, Melissa, Siri, Jesse, Jeannie, Ruth

Saturday Night: Laurie, Leesa, Melissa, Siri, Jesse, Jeannie, Ruth

 

Helaine Garren March 22, 1944 – August 24, 2016

Helaine and HenryHelaine played her first tournament game January 17, 1987, under the auspices of NSA, and her last one September 9, 2015 at the WGPO Word Cup.  She played a total of 1,353 tournament games with a peak rating of 1868 in 1996.  Helaine had planned to participate in this year’s Portland Labor Day Weekend tournament, but succumbed to acute myeloid leukemia after a 9-day illness.  She’d have a clever and funny remark to make at this point, but I can’t think of any.  We miss her.

Back in the day (Photo from Elizabeth Wood)

The avid player
Photo from Elizabeth Wood

Between games (she rolled her own) Photo from Elizabeth Wood

Between games (she rolled her own)
Photo from Elizabeth Wood