Nautical Term/Phrase Wednesday: Leeway

margin of safety, available amount of freedom or room to move or act

Weatherward or windward is the side of the ship toward the wind.  The lee side is the side of the ship sheltered.  Much like the leeward side of island is one that faces away from the wind and provides shelter.  On the otherhand, a lee shore is downwind of the ship, i.e. facing the wind,  and if there is not enough leeway then the ship can be driven onto shore.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.