Out of Balance
Mon 18 Jul 2011 02:38
Noon Position: 31 22.0 S 153 16.0 E
Course: West Speed: 3 knots
Wind: South sou' west, F3 gentle breeze
Weather: mostly sunny, cool
Day's run: 61 miles
We have made reasonable progress against the light headwinds overnight with a bit of assistance from the East Australia Current. Unfortunately Sylph's new wind vane rudder has not been a resounding success, it would appear it is grossly out of balance and wants to pull one way or the other. I have corrected this tendency with some shock cord but the problem is very pronounced and I will need to correct this deficiency as soon as I can. What a nuisance, still it is better than no rudder and we are getting there.
All is well.