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O'Day 25 difficult to turn?

I chartered an older (I'm guessing '80s) O'Day 25 for a day on a lake. The wind was light to moderate. It had a swing keel (or maybe something similar, but the marina called it a swing keel).

During several tacks, we would get part way through the turn, and then it just couldn't keep going. It felt like the rudder was too small to keep the boat pointed in the turn. The wind would push us back around and it was quite annoying.

Now I'm quite a new sailor, so this very well could have been my skills. But I didn't have this issue when sailing a Capri 22 or Cataline 25 in similar winds.

Might this have been the boat, or was it probably me?

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