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    Re: DR thread from Nov-Dec '04
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2005 Jan 19, 19:03 -0500

    I retract the statement below.
    "I have no argument for or against the proper use of the word "fetch" in the
    text I read, just the above observations.  If the author of the text misused
    it, I am guilty only of propagating that error ;-)
    As it can be a fairly local event, took it to mean the unobstructed distance
    of the wind over the water before it reached the vessel in the case of
    wind-driven currents.  I cannot argue with a word that is what it is by
    definition.  My apologies for attempting to place my misunderstanding in the
    lap of the author.
    > <>
    > I've never seen it used that way. From my cheap dictionary:
    > "4.a. The distance over which a wind blows. b. The distance traveled by
    > waves with no obstruction."
    > Which agrees with the way I've always heard it, i.e. a west wind, perhaps
    > better called a easterly wind , blowing from Japan toward California
    > unobstructed, from the California local sailors' perspective, would cause
    > waves and current to build with a four thousand mile fetch. That is, the
    > wind had been acting on the water for four thousand miles.
    > The longer the wind has been blowing, and the longer the fetch is, the
    > stronger the impact on the water will be.
    > (Four thousand being a terribly rough number, don't use it for
    > navigation.)

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