Observation lads … observation.
1. The Beneteau was a 44.7
2. They were both on port gybe with kites up
3. The Beneteau hit the Cal on the transom
I once crewed a Beneteau for a chap where we did the exact same thing although there was about 25 knots of breeze. Our skipper went around to the boat we hit afterwards with apologies, alcohol and his insurance details. The two owners ended up being drinking buddies, insurance sorted out the rest.
Whoever the tactician was on Green Dragon, he's a twat.
That's just the thing.
I've been involved with racing (motorcycles and sailboats) over the years. Racing is racing. It's competitive. Rules exist to make the competition exciting while ensuring some level of fairness and, get this -- safety.
In racing, there will always be a dick or two. That is why rules exist.
Now, seeing this video leaves some information out. so I don't have an Informed Opinion on what led to this incident.
What I do see from this is a boat striking another in the transom, basically passing it off with "well, fuck you for being in my way", and leaving the scene. No matter what happened before the incident, we are still left with the driver of the Bene leaving the scene of the accident without ever once, even for a minute, seeing if everyone was OK. That is unconscionable behavior and, were it to happen to me, I think the driver of that boat, and the person who offered the "fuck you" would be having words with me. It would be in public, at the dock, in front of witnesses.
It's worse in motorcycle racing. Someone will come inside you, you freak out, blow the curve and end up tumbling in the weeds, destroying your race bike and maybe your body. Very often, as pieces of the bike and you are being picked back up, someone, maybe even you, will say, "that's racing." There is always a fine line between fair racing and dick move. The difference is usually moderated by the rules and the *behavior* of the people involved.
I call dick move on this one, including irresponsible behavior, along with an almost psychopathic (yes I'm using that word correctly) need to win.