get out the beating stick

Good one from the Fabulous Forums, brought to you by Marlow Ropes.

Ok here goes…

Racing in Detroit in a nice little 6 mile jaunt around the cans, we always get a little fleet compression at one of the marks with a range of Cal 25’s, sport boats and some old IOR type boats.  It’s fun and interesting to maneuver thru with my bigger than most boat.

The issue is that there is this guy – who cut inside the fleet on new breeze, failing to give room (to me) and then says, “It’s a beer can race what’s the big deal?”  Sort of like those guys who barge at starts .

BTW he’s not in my class, but it’s going to happen again he is the type.  Is a protest the only remedy?

What say you?