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WAKE  The track of disturbed water boat leaves as it moves 
WATCHES A watch is somewhat akin to a work shift.  Traditionally, a 24-hour day is divided into seven watches. These are: midnight to 4 a.m. [0000-0400], the mid-watch; 4 to 8 a.m. [0400-0800], morning watch; 8 a.m. to noon [0800-1200], forenoon watch; noon to 4 p.m. [1200-1600], afternoon watch; 4 to 6 p.m. [1600-1800] first dog watch; 6 to 8 p.m. [1800-2000], second dog watch; and, 8 p.m. to midnight [2000-2400], evening watch. The half hours of the watch are marked by the striking the bell an appropriate number of times.
WAY  A boat's movement through the water
WEAR SHIP
WEARING
When a sailing ship sails "into" the wind, it necessarily has to zig zag, since it cannot sail directly upwind. The "zigs" and "zags" are called the port or starboard "tack", in relation to the wind direction. Changes of tack through the eye of the wind are called "tacking". If the ship changes "tack" by falling off from the wind, making a downwind turn, and coming back up on the other tack, that is "wearing".  Wearing is easier on the ship, though slower, but needs more sea room. 
WEATHER  The side of the boat from which the wind blows
WEATHER DECK The uppermost deck of a ship; any deck that does not have overhead protection from the weather. 
WEATHER HELM  The tendency of a boat to come up into the wind.  The helm must be held over  to keep the boat from coming
WHIPPING  Winding twine or heavy thread around the end of a line to keep it from unraveling
WHISKER POLE An adjustable pole connected to  the clew of the jib and the mast to hold the sail away from the mast when going downwind
WINCH a mechanical device used to pull in a line or chain that may have a heavy load on it, ie, an anchor line or a sheet attached to a sail under pressure, using a gear ratio winding movement
WINDLASS A revolving machine with a horizontal spindle used to raise or lower an anchor. 
WIND SHADOW  Dead air in the lee of another boat or obstruction such as a jetty
WINDWARD The side of the boat from which the wind blows
 
 
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