Definition of lee helm in English:

lee helm


  • [mass noun] The tendency of a ship to turn its bow to the leeward side.

    • ‘With the opposite, lee helm, the yacht would turn to leeward and risk a knockdown or a dangerous accidental jibe.’
    • ‘A yacht with lee helm is very uncomfortable to sail, and under certain conditions can be positively dangerous.’
    • ‘Hike out to produce lee helm or place the crew on the leeward side to produce weather helm.’
    • ‘If you flatten the main too much and end up just sailing on the jib the boat will develop lee helm.’
    • ‘This condition is known as lee helm and can be dangerous.’