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post #25 of Old 09-12-2013 Thread Starter
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Re: Wind Direction Question from Noob...

Ok, next question...

It was a beautiful day today, so I went out for a spell. I was out for almost 2.5 glorious hours. The gusts were out of the south at around 17 knots, so I was cooking in my 16foot dinghy. When I was sailing on a beam reach with the wind coming over my port side, I had to let go of the tiller extension because of the tension and hold the tiller at the transom. However, on my way back, with the wind coming over my starboard...roughly the same speed and direction, I was able to use the tiller extension. My question: why was I fighting the tiller in one direction and not the other when all things are equal?

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