In Race 10 at the Kingston Laser Master Worlds, Doug found himself in first place coming into the finish line. Since he is about to turn 65 an age out of the Grand Master fleet, these moments don't come around too often and he wanted that hard earned first. Instead, less than 50 feet from the finish, he found himself involved in an incident with the GM winner, Peter Shope (who doesn't even have to sail the last day to win).
I stood there and watched Doug turn a 1st into a 7th as he did penalty turns just before finishing. I watched the incident and it sounded like Doug was in the wrong and when Doug did turns it made it look like Doug was in the wrong. Doug was fairly certain he wasn't in the wrong and no one called protest, but there had been contact so Doug opted to spin since Peter had just won the regatta and the protest room was no way to finish things.
Afterwards, as Doug was re-processing the incident, he became less certain he was right and I didn't help by continuing to tell him he was wrong. So, the incident was one of these things:
Doug is actually in this video and he's the boat that ducks, completes his tack while the other sailor is still completing his when there is contact. Yesterday, Doug was in the other position where Peter had ducked him and then tacked and contact occurred shortly thereafter.
|Doug was forced to tack back to starboard, contact occurred and Peter tacked back to port to get clear and is sorting himself out and Doug was headed for the finish line still in first place ... but he stopped to spin and moved to 7th|
I think Doug did the right thing by spinning after there had been contact without a protest but I don't think he was in the wrong. Since today is our anniversary, I'll give Doug the gift every man wants which is for his wife to say, "I'm sorry dear, you were right!"
I loved Mark Bethwaite's summary of things ... he said that the 'slam dunk' move never seems to work in dinghies. Save it for bigger boats. Doug has now been involved in two incidents and without video or picture evidence, there would always be a question as to who was right and who was wrong. The other thing Mark said was that next year Doug will be sailing in the GGM fleet and this incident would have just been minor and unavoidable contact and he could just sail on and all is forgiven. A good laugh was had by all and Doug realized he's ready and looking forward to aging out and joining the GGMs who are appreciative that they are still alive and having fun. Winning is fun but being healthy and fit has a higher priority.
Congratulations to Peter Shope on winning the GM World Championship. He sailed exceptionally well and deserved to win.
Update by Doug: I bumped into Peter at breakfast. He was trying to tack behind me to cover Andy Roy. Peter felt he was in the wrong and was going to do circles but did not when he saw me doing mine. Makes sense.