To be fair - we really were stressing the entire system with a combined weight of almost 300 lbs holding steady on a tight reach when the pin twisted off above and below the gudgeons. The bottom of the rudder casting swung up, inwards, free but the top of the casting jammed firmly against the gunnel in such a way as to make the starboard rudder inoperable.
Talk about weather helm!!
Thank goodness it jammed in a straight ahead position AND we were headed back at the time from about a mile out. We could have ended up sailing 25 miles in a straight line to Geneva or Watkins Glen! I am also thankful that my kid, who is just learning to sail was not on his own. This was good training under pressure on how to steer by positioning the sail.
With the old almuminum pins back in place and a week of fantastic wind we had a great time from that point forward. Wee hah!
I promised photos, but haven't had time to post them yet.