It was my fault, I was deep in myopic excitement as I tacked onto port to make the windward bouy. Don, sailing Siren called starboard but he was upon me as I tried to correct my error and tack away… whack.
Now I was of the ‘footys go clunk’ school until that impact. Taking the speed and small inertia of the siren and concentrating it onto the end of it’s 3mm carbon bowsprit made for quite a force at the impact point. It doesn’t look a lot in the photo but I am very glad that my 1/32" balsa is backed up with 1/2" of foam core. I have little doubt that if Pond Sprite had been of 1/32" balsa only construction I would have had a hole in the side and an appointment with Davy Jones.
So my boats with carbon bowsprits are now going to get a length of silicone tubing pushed on leaving an 1/8" or so overlap to act as a bumper.