I realize it is easy to miss the point what with all the lightning striking and the snipers sniping.
Hopefully, those that actually run multi-class regattas will recognize the point, which is:
Planing one-design fleets continue to grow and fill out events that contain big, heavy boats with sailors unused to negotiating the speeds and angles of high performance sporties. ... ....
Whose fault it is under the RRS will not matter much to the media, to the insurance companies deciding on whether to renew YC or individual policies, or to the coast guard.
The point, we have arrived at a society which thinks "responsibility" is a bad word.
WTF difference does it make if the PRO tells all the racers "you boys be careful out there, y'hear"
WTF difference does it make what angles sportsboats sail at?
WTF difference does make who the media wants to interview most?
What matters here is that two skippers were racing with no idea what lay in front of them. Two skippers who did not take responsibility for their vessel and the human beings on board.
The J-122 skipper had R-O-W but as pointed out, that does not relieve him of the obligation to avoid a collision. The M-32 skipper should be banned from sailing for a year, or at the very least get his insurance jacked up. I do not want to share the water with dumbasses who can't look where they're going, and it makes it worse when they think of themselves as hot-shit in a fancy fast boat.
Clean is merely slobbering over who has the coolest toy, very predictable; the whole issue of what it means to be in charge of a vessel goes completely over his head (not to pick especially on Clean, it goes over many peoples' heads).
Both skippers deserve to be called out for the marginally competent dumbasses they are, no matter how many trophies they've won. -THAT- would be journailistic integrity IMHO