As an owner of a full keel Cape Dory
I learned that the bow will go down wind
, period, in any wind
over 5kts. I've learned to anticipate this fact as early as possible during any maneuver involving reverse and plan. Usually that means letting the stern go where it will and then going forward. Learning
to spin your boat around by backing a filling is very very useful in areas of limited space. Remember that the circle's direction will be determined more by your vessels characteristics in any given situation. Learn by practicing. And don't try to fight your boats tendencies. It'a a loosing battle.
Use of spring lines can be very helpful.