I ran three quick Battle of Plymouth simulations. The first two were a disaster for the Dutch. I did not use a formation and controlled the fleet with the helm. I kept sailing back and forth, on opposite tacks, and cut through the English. The Dutch were almost annihilated.
The last time, I set a line formation. I kept a distance from the English, and sailed back and forth, on opposite tacks, firing all the while. As I reported on AngloDutchWarsBlog.com, the Dutch were winning, something like 75% to 68%. I also posted a new picture that showed a devastated English fleet.