OK so here goes. I entered in my first race and just as I got off the pedal at the top end the boat got outta shape. Had no steering and slop in the cable. Got back to the pits to survey the damage and it wasn't pretty. Rudder was still attached but bent toward the passenger side. All 3 bolts on the bottom of the clamshell had snapped and the whole assembly was bent upward. Also when I looked on the inside of the boat I noticed that the bolts on the passenger side of the strut brace were snapped. All the damage has been removed and I'm in the process of making new brackets and braces. Before I re drill to place the rudder is there a rule of thumb for how far offset it should be from the prop based on how far behind the prop it is? Does anyone care to venture a guess on the series of events that led to this? Not that I plan on making the kind of pass that preceeded all of this they will be somewhat close. This is on a 69 shovelnose hydro. If more info is needed just let me know.