A leading light

What does "A leading light" mean?

Today it means: A well respected person or someone really good at what they do.

Lights on the shore help guide ships safely to harbour. Leading lights are positioned either singly or in groups for this purpose.

A single leading light would probably have sectors indicating good and bad courses into a harbour. i.e. green or white sector means safe and red sector means un-safe.

Two or more leading lights would be set up so that if they were in line (transit each other) then you are on course. This method is used a lot in rivers.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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