180520 It’s as bad as we thought

I jumped in the water (Their story is that I jumped, I’m claiming I was thrown in!!!) to take a look at the rudder and see if I could see any problems.  Right off the bat I saw this and surfaced to grab the camera. Captain Noble was calm and collected though his face demonstrated that he understood the severity of the situation.  I snapped this photo and showed it to Roger.  He promptly started getting the wheels in motion, contacting his insurance company, a boatyard, and a towing service.

What you are looking at here is the top of the rudder, that dark hole is the INSIDE of the rudder post that had shredded at sea the day before.

This trip is over, Alchemy will be on the hard for an undetermined amount of time while assessments and repairs are made.