Wind­ward and lee­ward con­fu­sion

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

When I go along­side an­other craft, the ra­dio chat on ap­proach will es­tab­lish whether I will go on his lee­ward side (prefer­ably) or get beaten up by the wind and waves on his wind­ward side. I don’t say I want to come along­side us­ing my wind­ward or lee­ward side. The same should ap­ply to a pon­toon, which has its own wind­ward or lee­ward side, and by ex­ten­sion to the ma­rina staff.

I don't know any East Coast sailors who will re­ally be con­cerned about the pedan­tic use of wind­ward or lee­ward, to which your ‘many sailors and ex­perts’ should re­ally at­tach the words ‘to my’ and there­fore avoid am­bi­gu­ity.

All we want to know is ‘Is it a wind on or wind off berth, and if it is the lat­ter can I have some­one to catch my lines be­fore I end up lean­ing on the boat next door?’ Grenville Sa­vory

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