Re: O'Day 25 difficult to turn?
I believe it was down (and sure hope so!). The marina pointed to a line and said that's the swing keel - don't touch it. The line was short, which made me think the keel was down (i.e., if the line was long, that may indicate that the swing keel has been pulled up).
Come to think of it, I don't recall sailing upwind very much. Because it was a lake, we didn't have a destination. We mostly went from broad reach to broad reach, back and forth. When it was time to come in we were on a broad reach.