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    Re: Naming Ships
    From: John Titterton
    Date: 2003 Jan 24, 22:32 +0200

    Vic, Gary, Philip and others,
    Thanks for the replies.
    I note that all (most?) persons who answered my query appear to be in
    the northern hemisphere. The term "backing" has always appeared to be
    used when noting that the wind has moved in an anticlockwise direction
    and thus the weather will be deteriorating (preceding a low pressure
    cell). However, in the southern hemisphere, the opposite is expected
    when the wind changes anticlockwise. When I started researching the
    term, all the British publications say the wind direction is changing in
    an anticlockwise direction, full stop. But Bowditch claims that the
    direction is opposite (clockwise) in the southern hemisphere. I have now
    checked a few more US publications and they too claim that the direction
    is different in the northern hemisphere to that in the southern
    hemisphere. Who is correct?
    John Titterton
    Cape Town
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List
    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM] On Behalf Of Philip Ouvry
    Sent: 24 January 2003 20:58
    Subject: Re: Naming Ships
    Incidentally veering is when the wind changes in a clockwise direction,
    north to northeast.     Backing is the reverse, ie north to northwest.
    Best wishes.
    Philip Ouvry

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