I hope no one got hurt during that. Lots of potential to dump someone in the water with lots of motoring boats around which could get nasty quickly!
It looks to me as though these photos have not been posted in sequence. It looks as though it should be 2nd, 3rd, 1st, 4th based on the progress of the BendyToy past the green structure on the deck. Why did it happen, the Bene motoring too close to the Tall Ship and getting snagged by one of the braces seems the only conclusion to me. Any more informed opinion than my guess?
Also the Skipper was not carefull enougth & got way to close with most of the Boats not mantaining a save distance (you can see several other boats very near to the Tall ship without real space to manuever in case of an emergency).
What I have heard is exactly that, that the Boat got kooked up with the Tallship beacause it was evading colition with an other boat.
Any way, no one got hurt so it was for most just a scarry moment .... but anyway, those things should not happen.
Valpariso was a party town when i was there, the US Navy pulls in there every year on UNITAS (united) cruises. When we left Valpariso, it looked like the beginning of the deployment on the docks at Norfolk..grin..