[quote=Wood himself in Miss America I, was having a good deal of trouble. It was only his fast turning at the buoys that kept him up there near the lead. He could turn much faster than any of the English boats because of his bow rudder. Before the race, when the English engineers examined the American boats, they ridiculed the bow rudder on Wood's boats. "You can't turn a boat with a rudder way up there," they said.
But now, with Wood's spark plugs fouling, his bow rudder was keeping him in the race. The English would sweep far wide of the buoys and before they could get their boats back on the stretch again, Wood was taking the turns with all his power, trimming the buoys. (The following year the English put a bow rudder on their boat). On the fourth lap Wood took the lead with his Miss America I.[/quote]
Quoted from this web site:http://www.lesliefield.com/other_histor ... d_wins.htm
It worked in that race, but I heard they had handling problems elsewhere