Hey people, recently picked up a Riot Brittany 16.5 and took her down to the beach for my first ever sea kayaking experience. Spent the first couple hours in flat water getting used to it before taking it out to sea. Was a beautiful calm day with no wind and hand an amazing and relaxing time just paddling for a few hours. Went back the next morning to have another go with a fair bit of chop and changing tide. Maybe only a .5m swell so thought it would be ok. Noticed immediately that it was much rougher and that I couldnt track very well at all (hadn't used the rudder yet) so i dropped the rudder and noticed some difference in tracking but at the cost of a fair bit of trouble from waves coming in from the side, with the rudder down it seemed to affect the kayak a lot more and I eventually rolled, managed to roll back up only to get knocked over the other side and which point i pulled my skirt and bailed.
Just a couple of question to the wiser here:
1. is it common sense that with a rudder down you will get issues with waves from the side? or am i doing something wrong? How can i overcome this?
2. Do most people use the rudder to actually steer or just to counter the current from straight tracking?