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From the Shannon web pix, it looks like either they have one hell of a varnish crew or MF had mirrored overheads installed in his cabin. Please, don't tell me that's a varnish job!
I'd also agree you did the right thin. You contained the damage, relieved the anxious crew, and got everyone and the boat back to port safely. Can't ask for more than that, unless you also get the tow boat to bring out a good dinner and live entertainment for the trip back.
I'm placing odds on the post mortem showing concealed damage, i.e. that at some point in the charter life, someone whacked that rudder on something and left a flaw developing unseen, which simply bit you. (Not saying the charter company knew about it--but someone might well have hit it, or grounded on it, and told them nothing.) Still...if their maintenance logs show a report of rudder damage or grounding, that would be something else again.
Now your ladies have an adventure at sea to tell of. Remember to thank your boat for being such a considerate partner, and showing you the problem while it was still in a very convenient place to get it fixed!