We shared with you Mark Ivey’s on board report on Stu Hebb’s Aerodyne 38 (see e-anarchy issue #30) from the Montego Bay Race, where they lost their rudder. We talked to Stu today from on board the boat. Best think twice before you go ocean racing again…
We are currently moving the boat to Montego Bay with a J/22 rudder. It was a bummer but really lucky it didn’t happen in the Windward Passage. The sea state was the most violent any of us have seen. Thank god there was a full moon for visibility. The tow back from the Jamaican coast guard was upwind into a big sea at night . Our 3a\sea anchor did very little to keep boat straight. Riding in the back was like being on a mechanical bull. With the boat swinging we missed a channel marker by a couple of feet. Then we cut the sea anchor for fear it would snag a channel mark. A fucking nightmare. Right now with our J/22 rudder we are in a large sea state with following sea. The spin staysail is keeping the bow down but have done a couple of 360’s. Resources in Jamaica are very limited so we have to be self sufficient. We want to get boat to Mo Bay to put the boat on a container ship and end this night mare. I now know unless you have a real back up rudder you are big time fucked. The bathroom door is no plan at all!
(Then we just received this): J/22 rudder broke off with 2 miles to go. Got a tow in and are safe at Mobay YC. Nightmare is over.