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Able to sail close to the wind with little drift to leeward.
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|Noun||1.||weatherliness - (of a sailing vessel) the quality of being able to sail close to the wind with little drift to the leeward (even in a stiff wind); "the Spanish ships had superior speed and weatherliness"|
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