The objective of the game is to steal all of the enemies crew or sink their ships. The game is divided in two phases. Both are started by the ring bearer.
1 Sowing Players take turns distributing souls clockwise until a wind is decided. The ring bearer picks a nest or shell and distributes the souls. This is followed by the next player clockwise and the next until a shell holds more souls than the other shells.
11 Sailing When the wind is decided, the ring bearer plays their Sloop which is followed clockwise by the other player's Sloops until everyone has played. The ring bearer then plays their Galleon which is followed clockwise by the other player's Galleons.
When everyone has played their Galleons, the ring is passed clockwise to the next player who will start sowing for the next round.
The first round is peaceful, no-one is allowed to attack.