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If your knot meter is accurate, and your GPS groundspeed was zero, then you were in 4 knots of contrary current.
By pinching you probably negated some weather helm and that, combined with the effects of the current may have caused the "twitchy" feel of the helm.... but if indeed you had 4 knots thru the water then that should have felt more normal. Was your GPS reading VMG to that mark? or raw GS? If VMG then you could have been experiencing some sideways push while not gaining on the mark... (kinda thinking out loud here) and that sideways effect could unload the rudder.
Strong currents, with their eddies and swirls can do some strange things.
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 01-20-2008 at 01:20 AM.