Originally Posted by L124C
How does a boat track well and have excessive weather helm at the same time? Seems like a contradiction in terms. Don't mind heeling, but if I couldn't tune out the weather helm with sail trim or reducing sail (nothing "fancy"), that would be a problem. Heading up occasionally in a gust is fine, but you shouldn't have to fight weather helm for hours. Surely Alberg knew that!
You're right. I should have qualified that the weather helm became uncomfortable when the winds picked up. I don't remember the exact conditions, but I think the winds were about 15 knots + that day. And the "fancy" sail adjustments that brought the situation under control were dropping the traveller, then reefing the main. When we didn't have to fight the weather helm, the boat did track straight and true.