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    Re: Definition of term
    From: Walter Guinon
    Date: 2003 Jan 24, 07:03 -0800

    I always thought of it as backing against the clock but maybe the clocks as
    well as the lows run backwards down there.
    On a related but different notion are the maps and charts of southern hemi
    countries printed with South at the top?
    --- John Titterton  wrote:
    > After reading the information on the correct naming convention for a
    > ship, I too am in dispute with others regarding the nautical term "back"
    > or "backing" (the opposite of "veer").
    > British reference books all appear to define the term as:
    > The wind is said to back when it changes direction anticlockwise.
    > (Note that there is no reference to the different hemispheres)
    > US reference books all appear to define the term as:
    > A change in wind direction in reverse of the normal pattern, or
    > counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the
    > Southern Hemisphere.
    > Who is correct? What is the correct definition?
    > John Titterton
    > Cape Town
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