Talanta - Log Day 4: Chasing squalls, dancing the waves and a broken rudder
last days has continued with a mix of squalls, sunshine and winds around 20
knots, topping at 28 knots of wind in the squalls. To keep up the speed we have
been chasing squalls, trying to get closer to them to enjoy dancing the waves in
evening we’d just made a gybe, heading west-north-west och life at sea were
really rocking. A beautiful sunset, boat was flying at 18 knots with a light
hand at the tiller. Just finding a smooth way among the waves to minimize the
spray of water. A few of the crew were taken a shower (which means using sea
water from a bucket) when suddenly something hit the starboard rudder and it
became very hard to steer.
we brought down the sails and examined what had happened. No damages to the hull
or the port rudder, nor the steering mechanincs under deck. But the starboard
rudder were badly damaged. The lower one third were hanging and flapping in the
water. We managed to remove the loose part and set the jib again and continued
sailing. But soon the remaining part of the rudder also started to delaminate.
Now sailing only with the jib, making some 5 to 6 knots.