One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a ship) liable to drift to leeward when sailing close to the wind.
- ‘A smaller sailing ship with the same relative proportions as a larger ship was doomed by the mathematics of the situation to be a more leewardly ship.’
- ‘I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Company's steamer ‘Nemesis,’ under my command, was obliged to part company with the fleet, being light, and consequently very leewardly.’
- ‘Rivers demanded shallow craft, so the Orkney-man in the service built his river boats with ‘flat floors’ which made them very leewardly; but he retained the high bow and stern posts of his island fishing boats, and their two sharp ends.’
- ‘Cambria was generously given the weather end of the line but as the signal was given the wind changed and made her the most leewardly boat, resulting in a poor start.’
- ‘A vessel in which the loss of ground downwind is minimal is described as weatherly, as opposed to leewardly.’
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