1840: w:Richard Henry Dana, Richard Henry Dana, Two Years before the Mast - A vessel has the weather gage of another when she is to windward of her. A weatherly ship is one that works well to windward, making but little leeway.
in a position of vantage.
Towards the wind, or the direction from which the wind is blowing.
On the side exposed to the wind.
In a direction from which the wind blows, against the wind.
''We beat our way .
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