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post #10 of Old 12-01-2011
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When I have had experienced keel boat sailors on the helm, I notice they are slow to react and tend to rely on the keel instead of the tiller to keep things trim.

Its unnerving to me while they hold still and the yacht heels in the gusts when I would point higher keeping her flat and fast.
That's because you don't come up in a gust with a keelboat like a dinghy, you actually steer down a bit to counteract the weather helm and maintain a straight course.

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