"Way" is the old word for wake which you would see out the stern (rear) of a vessel when it is moving at sea. Sailing ships are powered and affected by the wind so do not always go where they are pointing. This is known as "leeway". The amount of leeway is viewed by looking over the stern of the vessel and judging how much sideways movement (leeward) there is. A correction can then be made steering the ship to take account of it.
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