To weather a point

(Naut.) To pass a point of land, leaving it on the lee side.
Hence, to gain or accomplish anything against opposition.

See also: Weather, Weather

References in classic literature ?
They strove with might and main to get out of the bay, but found it impossible to weather a point of land, and were at length compelled to take shelter in a small cove, where they hoped to remain concealed until the wind should be more favorable.