There were three islands on the 8'x4' board which really impacted game play (more than I expected). The game evolved into 2 actions pitting unequal forces where three French third rates took on the bulk of the British fleet with the exception on one Britsh small third rate and it's 2 frigates taking on the Spanish fleet. The bulk of the French fleet and the US fleet both tried to go around islands and missed the battle line entirely.
Fire control proved to be a lost art for the Spanish as the fires of the Santisima Trinidad (front ship, top left) continued to burn out of control causing extensive damage below her water line.
At this point I called the game as the main fleet sections had passed each other and there would be at least 4 turns of maneuvering before we could bring them into contact again. I would give the win the Dick and Les as their Brit US fleet was in much better shape, despite the near loss of the Victory but it was a very close game.
A few things I did learn from yesterday's game.
(1) The terrain used impacted play a great deal and probably too much. Future games should either be on the "open sea" or restrict terrain to a scenario objective (harbor raid / fort attack).
(2) The Trafalgar rules are relatively simple but give a good feel for the period. They also seemed very manageable for a large fleet action.
Overall it was a fun game and, as usual, Dick and Les proved to be great guests.