CBinRI i'm with you, I love to go to weather. But let me tell you why some don't ( wife) It is wet with the spray coming back to you, its bumpy, the boat bucks, if the wind is cold it feels colder as you are now going into it with more speed. You feel like the boat is being pushed up hill, pitching ect. Why she likes off wind sailing more, it feels like you are being pulled to your destination less bucking/pitching it is less windy, more dry. So I can see it both ways. Maybe gentleman just don't like the feeling and us dogs revel in it. Who knows...
Occasionally we have to put our preferences aside in favor of keeping our better halves happy. The wife has to be happy or we might have to find another hobby. And as I am usually behind the wheel (nice and dry) I understand that it is not necessarily the same for those on the rail.