07 April 2011 | Bequia
We shall look back on Bequia and say to each other, "Bequia. Wasn't that the place we discovered we only had one rudder?"
You might think that it is rather careless to lose ones rudder. The reason we realised it was missing is because, as we were coming down from St Lucia I said to Mark that we should check the rudders as the steering hasn't felt very good for a little while. Pegasus was still steering but she felt not so responsive. ANd we also thought our auto-pilot had started to play up. I can pinpoint the exact time we lost our rudder in retrospect. And I'm abit embarrassed to admit that it was about five days away from Antigua, crossing the Atlantic. It had been very windy and I wrote in my blog that the autopilot was playing up. No wonder, poor bugger was working overtime trying to keep us in a straight line!
Both Mark and I have been under the boat, cleaning the fur off the bottom and whilst I had asked Mark what that tube was under the hull that I hadn't noticed before, neither of us had noticed the lack of a 4 foot high 2 foot wide rudder. Oh well, at least we have another one :-)
We only noticed half an hour before going out to dinner with Isabella and her parents from Esprit de Mer so we haven't decided what we are going to do yet. Pegasus obviously sails without the other rudder (we've only had one for 2 months!) but we need one before going through Panama, so somewhere along the line, Mia is going to have to whip one up out of lego.
Aside from the rudder discovery, the kids have had a great time with Isabella again (of the snorkelling across to our boat fame) for the last two days. Esprit de Mer treated us to a lovely meal at the Gingerbread restaurant - thank you very much!! And Mia has taken her swimming badge for Brownies - I have the video evidence!!