Definition of weather helm in US English:

weather helm


  • A tendency in a sailing ship to head into the wind if the tiller is released.

    • ‘Remember, it is always desirable to have at least a little weather helm under all conditions.’
    • ‘The swing centerboard models built after 89 can reduce weather helm by pulling up the board a little.’
    • ‘Other than developing considerable weather helm as she heels, she doesn't have any particularly disturbing characteristics under sail.’
    • ‘Sailboats are usually designed to have a slight amount of weather helm under normal conditions.’
    • ‘This is a dinghy design, but the principles of balance and weather helm are just the same.’