[PW] nautical expression for gaining an advantage

Andy Stewart astewart49 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 14 10:08:17 PST 2018


"Get there fustest with the mostest" is my only contribution..

On Feb 14, 2018 11:29, "Ellen Krupar" <kellen at vt.edu> wrote:

> If you wanted to combine the two, you could use "windward":
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windward_and_leeward
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:25 AM, Petter Naess <petter at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Many thanks! This is for a speech in honor of an admiral, who would
> > appreciate "having the weather gauge," but I think it will be too obscure
> > for the audience of landlubbers (and non-native English speakers).
> > However, you've put me on the right track - "upwind" will work perfectly
> > when I add some context, very helpful! Thank you!
> > Best,
> > Petter Næss
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 4:59 PM, John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
> >
> > > I think you might want "having the weather ga(u)ge".  In the days of
> > > fighting sail, this referred to being upwind of an opponent, which
> meant
> > > you could reach him but he could not (easily) reach you, tacking with
> > > square sails being difficult.  The term is archaic except among
> > historical
> > > novelists and enthusiasts; the concept is still relevant in racing, but
> > not
> > > usually called by that name.
> > >
> > > See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_gage for details.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 10:53 AM, Petter Naess <petter at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > I'm looking urgently for a nautical expression that could mean "get a
> > > head
> > > > start on" "get a leg up on" or some other expression that conveys
> > > obtaining
> > > > an advantage over a competitor or opponent. I need this within the
> next
> > > 12
> > > > hours or so, and have consulted several lists of nautical
> expressions,
> > > but
> > > > nothing so far...any sailors out there who might have a suggestion?
> > > Thanks!
> > > >
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