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  1. #11
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    May 2005
    up on the moors.

    Default Re: Emergency rudder/tiller account

    The first time I lost steering was on an AC contender in the Solent in 1974ish.

    We had been carrying a big spinnaker with difficulty (but hey ! we are racers ), and then a sequence of Chinese gybes took place. The mainsheet wrapped itself round the wheel, and pulled the wheel and all its support gear out of the deck. Mr Bejen took the pic a few moments before the drama.

    The gorillas tamed the 'chute and dropped it, and I dug out the emergency tiller and passed it back to the skipper, who undid the plate in the cockpit floor and fitted the tiller to the rudder head.

    Luckily the cables had jumped off the sheaves, so the rudder was free to move.

    We tried to continue racing, but the leverage on the tiller was a two, sometimes three person job, so we retired and headed back to Cowes.

    This was a racing boat with clued -up crew. Had we been a cruising twosome, it would have taken an awfully long time to sort everything out.

    (I'm the navigator in the hatch .....) )

    Last edited by sarabande; 06-07-18 at 19:26.
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