Does it mean that the wind is coming from east to west. Or is it meaning that the wind is coming from west to east?

  • This question is not about what the front of the boat is, but what is meant by 'in the wind direction' which is perfectly answered in the first answer.
    – Willeke
    Jan 20, 2023 at 10:45
  • @MartinF the OP not having clarified, it was a noble move to change the question to disfavour your previous answer :) Jan 21, 2023 at 18:33
  • @WeatherVane - Thank you. My only goal here is to get a reasonably written and unambiguous question, and any matching answer. I fear, however, the dust has not yet settled.
    – Martin F
    Jan 21, 2023 at 19:03
  • An Easterly Wind is a another way of saying "When the East Wind Blows". It was a saying during and directly after WWII referring to Rusian (Soviet Union) military forces. The saying became a novel in the late 1990s. Essentially it means the horror that comes when the Russian army comes from the East.
    – Ron
    Feb 10 at 20:19
  • @Ron, except this is an outdoors site, not a history one.
    – Darren
    Feb 11 at 11:19

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Wind direction is, by convention, the direction that the wind is coming from. An easterly wind blows from east to west. If the bow of the boat is pointing into the wind, it's pointing to the east.

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    – Rory Alsop
    Jan 15, 2023 at 21:27

One interpretation of the question, in its original form, was What does the phrase "in the wind direction" mean? This is an answer to that question.

The phrase "in the wind direction" is ambiguous. It is not common terminology. It could possibly mean either pointing "upwind", i.e., into the oncoming wind or pointing "downwind", i.e., in the same direction as the wind?

Given that a boat is moored, presumably away from any dock, then it is likely that it is pointing into the oncoming wind.

However, if there is significant water current present, then it is quite possible that the boat is pointing upstream, i.e., opposite to the water flow.


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