Ride out the storm

What does "Ride out the storm" mean?

Today it means: Be patient, wait and see.

Sailing ships could do little in a storm but shorten or put away sail and wait for the storm to pass. The main consideration a Captain had was how close he was to a shore and if the storm would blow him onto it. Otherwise, he could set a small sail at the bow and ride with the storm or set a sea anchor at the stern to keep the bow into the wind and make life a little more comfortable for those onboard and ride out the storm that way.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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