Commiseration's to Bushsailer and the Rushour team along with all the other retirees from the B2G race. Well done to the Bergs and the other finishers. Having sailed a fair bit with Joel, i can say he was the right man for the job on the red boat in those conditions. He knew the boat and sailed it accordingly to the conditions. It's a bullet proof boat having tested it myself on many occasions in rough Ocean conditions off the NSW coast.
Last year I had Top Gun's Daggers boards, cases, steering, rudders and shafts upgraded to an engineered, all carbon solution. The engineering was done by Stuart Bloomfield, who's generally known for over engineering carbon components. I believe the build and lay up of the rudder stocks was to Stu's engineering specifications. When they were being made the builder kept complaining that it was a ridiculously huge layup that cost a me fortune. Having seen what happened to Rushours stocks, I'm happy for an "apparent" excessively big layup. My rudders are 1500 mm deep x 400 mm chord. The stocks are 80 mm at the hull exit tapering to 60 mm at the top of the hull deck through self aligning JP3 bearings. The core is a rectangular carbon tube. I don't agree that carbon stocks are a problem for multis as there are heaps of newer big cats with carbon tubes having success. What i think is important is having them engineered and built correctly for the purpose rather than fitting something that wasn't ever made for the purpose, or guestimating by self appointed experts without qualifications and then having to rebuild and fix up stuff that wasn't meant for the boat in the first place. I want reliability and generally have it because i believe i give myself every chance by letting those qualified do the thinking and executing. On big powerful multis it is the only way if you want to have every chance of finishing races. If you don't finish after having things engineered then you can honestly say you did your best to make things right. It never hurts to get a qualified persons opinion. After a few initial set up issues we had to sort out, since then my rudders and boards have been great, steering has never been more enjoyable. In my opinion, Deep rudders are also part of the answer on big fast powerful multis. The all round step up from a fast 31 footer to a fast 50 footer is enormous and until i experienced it, i had no real understanding of it.