So as I understand it, weathercocking (turning into the wind) occurs because when you are underway the bow is pushing water out of the way creating high pressure areas on either side of the bow (and I guess on all of the boat up to it’s widest point) whereas the opposite is happening at the stern, hence the bow becomes a pivot point. It stands to reason, I think, that this effect becomes progressively greater as velocity increases. I wonder if there is a point at which you are able to make more headway by using a slower cadence, or if a graph plotting stroke rate vs velocity made good would be non-linear (i.e., diminishing returns). The idea being that the faster you try to paddle, the more your stroke has to incorporate corrective elements to counteract the increasing effect of weathercocking.
And what happens when you put a skeg into the mix. I would think that a skeg (which my autocorrect keeps trying to change to keg) doesn’t have much of a low and high pressure area as it is nearly 2-dimensional. But does a skeg become more effective with increasing speed because there are more molecules of water passing over it per unit time? Maybe that makes no hydrodynamic sense at all. Just curious. I suppose I could test some of this on my next outing if there is sufficient wind.