weather helm


Definition of weather helm

1 : a tendency of a sailing vessel to come up into the wind catboats … generally carry very heavy weather helms— H. A. Calahan
2 : the condition of the helm when put or held slightly toward the weather side

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“Weather helm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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