We have so many lawyers we don't know what to do with them all. Many are waiters and Limo drivers. Not unusual on a distance race to have a protest later. Watch or no watch, there is not much you can do about a bait to windward quickly overtaking you. Except blowing a hornWhat kind of race was this? Sounds like a big one, with lawyers and stuff, and the hearing is not done right after the race? Or is this just how you do it in the US? We do hearings right after, unless it's a distance race when boats finish hours apart. And if we have a dinghy sailor among the crew, they'd usually represent the boat in the hearing, as they often are the most experienced in protest hearings. The only outside people attending will be witnesses from other boats. Bringing a lawyer is unheard of.
They could have both turned down same result.
He could have turned up and been tee boned.
That's why you have insurance. They will both have coverage and the insurance companies will work out the damage split.