The locale for that incident was the mouth of Roberts Bay (Sidney BC) with a stiff wind blowing right off the land (westerly). I had been paddling south and I was trying to turn the boat though the eye of the wind so I could turn north to seek the shelter of Tsehum harbour. When I eventually did get there, a sailor told me that his masthead anemometer had been registering 35-38 knots throughout the whole episode. In less wind I wouldn't have learned the lesson about boat handling so well!Did the issue [rudder caused leecocking] in John's post #11 not happen as he thought?
How we got into that situation was a classic 'groupthink' cavalcade - a story for another day.