ah sorry....I think Port was being silly.... If they thought they get across by a foot or so...just silly. at speed... with 4 races a day... a collision is a regatta ender... why would starboard be ANYTHING but cautious. Port should have ducked. especially against a US boat... This is a zero sum game for the two of them but starboard has rights.
Port obviously thought that starbord pulled the plug on the cross too quickly and they could make that case in the jury room.
Moreover, Since they chose not to do their circle... It probably wasn't a brain freeze or... failure to spot the starbord boat...
So... just silly of port to push this protest to the jury room and not take their penalty turn.