Past Regionals Archive
Ice Breaker 2019
September 7, 2019. Chanhassen, MN. As pictured left to right: Clint (Tyler’s Tourville), Tyler (Nagato), Andy (Barham), McCoy (Zara), Peter (Erin), Bob (Kongo), Zach (Invincible), Tom (Alaska), Rick (Jamaica). The Ice Breaker 2019 was intended to be a two day battle but due to incoming rainy weather and a number of the usual guys not really being able to make it out for Sunday, we ended up doing 3 battles on Saturday and calling it good. The weather was about perfect, cool but not cold in the lower 60’s with minimal wind and overcast. Tyler (Nagato), Peter (Erin), Tom (Alaska), McCoy (Zara), Clint (Tyler’s Tourville) squared off against Andy (Barham), Bob (Kongo), Zach (Invincible), and Rick (Jamaica). We did our best to stay true to PPB form and slugged it out within a few feet of shore for the bulk of the battle. Andy’s team won the first two battles but Tyler’s team battled back to win the third battle and ended up winning the weekend by 3370 points in total.
July 8-12, 2019. Oakboro North Carolina. Andy (Kongo on loan from Tyler), Bob (Kongo), Tyler (Nagato) teamed up for some Japanese fury at the national competition. The Axis had a more powerful roster from the onset and the scores reflected this early in the week, winning with a blow out by 10,000 points in the first battle. The Allies battled back however and the scores tightened with progressively smaller margins of victory with each passing battle. By Thursday the Allies had managed to even win the fleet battle. This in addition to winning each of the two campaign battles (Tuesday and Thursday) by 10,000 points each made for a very tight Friday. The score before the final battle was a 1000 point differential in favor of the Allies. However the Axis once again found their stride and were able to make back the difference and then some for a 4000 point victory for the week long event, one of the closer scores in recent history. On the water the Port Polar Bear crew was very successful and at several times throughout the week were setting the pace for the Axis Fleet.
March 23, 24, Boutte, LA. Tyler (Nagato), Erik (Barham), Peter (Erin) went to the 11th Annual Brouhaha on the Bayou. This was Erik’s (Tyler’s Brother) first ever battle, he used Tyler’s Barham. Tyler won ‘Best of Class 6’ and ‘Most Feared Axis.’ Peter won the ‘Winning Admiral’ award in which the allies won it for just the 2nd time in 11 years. Erik won the ‘Most Feared Allied,’ not bad for his first ever battle.
Fall Battle 2018
September 15,16, Chanhassen, MN. We took the boats out for one last pleasure cruse before the winter. From right to left: McCoy (Zara), Bob (Warspite), Peter (Erin), Rick (Jamaica), Tom (Alaska), Randy (Glorie), Zach (Invinvible). Not pictured Tyler (Barham), Bryan (Texas), Mike (North Carolina), Matthew (Northampton)
July 9-13, Lancing, TN. Seven PPB members took 17 ships to Lancing for the annual national event. The Axis won handily despite the efforts of PPB all battling allied ships under the steadfast leadership of Admiral Tyler. Pictured above from left to right: Tyler (Barham, Filiberto, Freighter), Andy (Barham, Bike, Freighter, Carrier), Zach (Invincible, Fiji), Bob (Warspite, Zrinyi), Mike (North Carolina, Sheffield), Peter (Erin, Freighter), Matthew (Iron Duke, Indianapolis). Of note all but 1 ship is pictured and the ships are not in the listed order. Notable awards included: Losing admiral, Tyler; Von Fleugel, Tyler; Most Feared Allied, Tyler; Swiss Cheese, Tyler.
Ice Breaker 2018
May 26, 27, Chanhassen MN. We had a 2 day event with 6 full battles. Pictured above left to right: Randy (Glorie), Hudson (Kongo), Mike (NC), Bob (Warspite), Zach (Invincible), Andy (Barham), Matthew (Iron Duke), Tyler (Barham), McCoy (Zara), Tom (Alaska). Additionally, Jason showed up on Sunday without a ship and newcomer Bryan came out to show off his new USS Texas.
March 10, 11, Boutte, LA. Four of us made the 18.5 hour drive from MN to the 10th Annual Brouhaha on the Bayou. Pictured above are the members of Port Polar Bear who made the trek, coincidentally all captaining ships of the British Navy: Andy (Barham), Matthew (Iron Duke), Bob (Warspite), Tyler (Barham). Tyler won ‘Best of Class 5’ and ‘Most Feared Allied’ in addition to being awarded the prestigious ‘Losing Admiral’ award which to be fair has only been won by an Ally one time in the 10 year history of the Brouhaha by Bob.
Ice Breaker 2017
September 9, 10, Chanhassen, MN. We had a good time with a 2 day battle, pictured are Sunday’s battlers: Bob (Warspite), Tyler (Barham), Andy (Barham), Mike (North Carolina), Matt (Iron Duke), Rick (Jamaica), Randy (Glorie), McCoy (Tourville). At one point we did also have Peter (Kaiser), Zach (Invincible). We mixed and matched teams, several of us had beat up hull skin still on our ships from Nats so the sinks were frequent. Plus as per true Port Polar Bear style we slugged it out at very close range which is reflected by the 34% combined accuracy.
July 10-14. Ionia, Michigan. We forgot to take a group PPB picture! However Bob (Warspite), Tyler (Barham), Andy (Barham), Mike (North Carolina), and Zach (Invincible) were there. Once again we took home some hardware: Best of class 5 (Tyler), Individual combatant (Tyler)
March 11, 12. Boutte Louisiana. Pictured above Mike (North Carolina), Tyler (Barham), Bob (Iron Duke) made the long drive from Minnesota to Boutte Louisiana for the 9th Brouhaha. Tyler won most feared Allied. Bob was the winning Admiral. Mike got best of Class 6. Luckily Mike had arranged to fly home so there was extra room in the car for all that hardware!
June 20-24, Bradford, PA. Pictured above Tyler (Barham), Bob (Warspite), Mike (NC), Zach (Invincible) are the Port Polar Bear captains that made the trip to Nats this year, all in Allied boats. Essentially the Allies were flooring the Axis in a way that was not fun. As such on Tuesday Tyler and Bob (as well as Tom in his QE) were flipped to the Axis team. The battle was much closer at that point but the Axis managed to win on paper. However as this did require the trade of 3 of the more experienced battlers, I’d say the Allies really won. Notable awards: Von Fleugal – Tyler, Best of Class 5 – Tyler, Allied High Spirit Award – Mike.
Ice Breaker 2016
May 28,29,30. We did 6 sorties on Saturday and Sunday and 3 sorties on Monday. It was a total blood bath:.Bob took more below the water line holes than he did at the Brouhaha in the same ship. Multiple experienced captains made for some very streamlined battling. On Saturday we had 6 sorties done between 9:30 and 4. Pictured above: Back row: Mark (Nagato), Paul (Honolulu), Peter (Kaiser), Bob (Warspite), Andy (Barham), Kas (Invincible), Jason (HSM incomplete), Tom (QE), Front row: Paul’s son, Rick (Jamaica), Zach (Invincible), Mike (NC), Camera man not pictured – Tyler (Nagato). Not pictured Randy (Furutaka), Hudson (Kongo)
The gang from Port Polar Bear once again made the 18 ½ hour drive to Boutte Louisiana for the 8th annual BrouHaHa on the Bayou. Bob has made all 8 of the battles. Some 22 ships in all made the water including (left to right in picture) Andy (Barham), Bob (Warspite), Mike (North Carolina), Tyler (Nagato). The PPB crew did well taking home Most Feared Axis (Tyler), Best of Class 5 (Andy), Winning Admiral (Tyler – Axis), Losing Admiral (Bob – Allies).
Ice Breaker 2015
We held your annual Fall regional battle once again in August 2015. We had a few out of state guys show up in addition to the local Minnasota battlers. At one point we had 13 battlers on the water. Pictured from left to right: (back row) Mark, Brian, Bob, Andy, Mike, Tom, Kas. (middle) Zach. (front row): Peter, Zach, Connor, Shawn. Not pictured: Tyler, Hudson.
Andy, Zach, and
Bob at NATS 2015
Front row: Hudson (Kongo), Tyler (Nagato), Mark (VDT), Zach (Minneapolis), Bob (North Carolina)
2008 MWC NATS, Veteran’s Lake MN
Port Polar Bear 9/16/2007
2008 MWC NATS Houston Tx
Fall Fray 2006
Fall Fray 2006
2006 MWC NATS, Coco Beach FL
Ice Breaker 2005
Fall Fray 2004