To carry the wind

(Man.) to toss the nose as high as the ears, as a horse.

See also: Wind

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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We had a big lead at Stromboli and again at Palermo but the other two maxis [Thuraya Maximus and Morning Glory] seemed to carry the wind better down the back of Sicily."