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10:13 Nov 29, 2006
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English to Spanish translations [PRO] Ships, Sailing, Maritime
English term or phrase:allow heavy weather helm to build up
When sailing close to the wind it is easy to forget to trim the mainsail and consequently allow excessively heavy weather helm to build up. A helmsman would complain, whereas a pilot will struggle on and the boat will not be sailed efficiently. The human likes to feel some weather helm, but for the pilot this is not essential and it will help (in drag reduction, wear and power consumption) to free or reef the mainsail a little sooner than you normally would when steering by hand.