Mike, I cannot recall the actual conditions of the recording of the vid. Looking at the publication date on YouTube, its just more than a week ago and Windfinder doesn't show longer then 7 days ago. But as you remarked, there were mild wind conditions indeed.
So, not the best conditions to proof what I wanted to show. You are quite right about that. After I finished the adapted camera mounting, I was too eager to wait on a better situation.
The rudder issue which you mentioned, has to do with the fact that I made the rudder castings, the locking system and the blades by myself (as the whole cat). They are based on the Prindle design, because I had then the most positive experience with that design. The main problem with other designs is that, as a solo sailor, I have to shift all my weight to the back in order to click the rudderblades down in their lock. Without flipping over backwards, as you said.
That's why I invented a rope construction with which I could directly pull each rudderblade seperatly down. You can see in the vid, me doing that. This system is far from ideal, but at least I can keep my weight in front without flipping backwards or over the beamside. You are right that I, in order to grip for the ropes, I loose a moment sight of the incoming waves.
But thats the reason why I have to wait until I passed most of the break. I'm more or less trapped in that akward position in front.
So you just placed your finger on the embarrassing spot! I haven't seen another solution until now for this problem.
Maybe you have suggestions about this. And Mike I'm very pleased that you force me to show here and discuss my sailingproblems. On my sailing spot and in my village I'm the only serious catsailor. There is, said to say, no fysical beachcontact with other catsailors.