very large downwind foresail.

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To sail downwind directly at another ship, stealing the wind from its sails.


A shore downwind of a ship. A ship which cannot sail well to windward risks being blown onto a lee shore and grounded.


In the direction toward which the wind is blowing. The term applies particularly to the situation of moving in this direction, whether desired or not. BEFORE THE WIND implies assistance from the wind in making progress in a desired direction. LEEWARD applies to the direction toward which the wind blows, without implying motion. The opposite is UPWIND.

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