[PW] nautical expression for gaining an advantage

brian whatcott betwys1 at sbcglobal.net
Wed Feb 14 10:58:48 PST 2018


Being upwind or to windward, is not always the
desired point of sail.
In those situations, 'flying both spinnakers', possibly??

Brian W

On 2/14/2018 10:28 AM, Ellen Krupar 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!
>>>> --
>>>> Petter Næss
>>>> Kviståsveien 50
>>>> 3405 Lier
>>>> Norway
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>>
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