Second race of the day. I was on the white Bene. We were on a port beat to a mark that we had to take on our starboard side.
It was blowing about 15k. It was really really close to clear the mark. If we fell off to starboard we would not round the mark the proper direction. The owner helmsman thought he could squeak it by and headed up just enough to get the bow of the boat past the mark then fall off to make a really tight rounding. He has done that many times. This time, we scraped the last 3 feet. We needed to do a penalty turn and we were all messed up for about 2 min as we tried to get speed again.
We were dorking around near the mark with no steerage way when the red boat rounded the mark, didn't see us and hit our port side taking off my sheet winch among other things.
Anchors, stern pulpits, booms, sails lines etc were all tangled for another couple minutes.
I got to use my knife in anger.
Nobody got hurt the boats did not sink.
Wonder how liability will be sorted.
Well the GREAT news is no one go hurt, and nothing looks structural. You should be back out soon!
First WTF is your PRO doing setting marks rounded to STARBOARD??? Port approaches in fleet racing are a recipe for disaster.
If a mark rounding is going to be tight, the driver should NEVER tried a 'squeek' or pinch by. Sail best angle at FULL SPEED, and then if you can shoot it at the last moment. Your full speed will give you momentum to coast straight into the wind for several lengths and a much better chance of making it. Or if not, tacking, again at full speed.
Blowing 15 knots and 2 minutes without way?? wow.
Its legal to get out of the ZONE before doing your turns. NEVER spin in the zone.
Your insurance will look at the protest. You didn't say you were done doing the turns, so that means you were not. Your best possible get out of jail card would be that you were both on port but you were leeward and racing. But that seems unlikely if you presented your beam to him after he turned downwind. So you get tossed for not staying clear while spinning. He gets tossed for not avoiding contact with damage.
Shake hands any pay your deductibles.