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Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 7:01 p.m. PST

When you set up a wind gauge for a naval game, which way do you point the arrow?

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 7:42 p.m. PST


If the wind is coming from the due North, the arrow points due


Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 8:43 p.m. PST

Yo, Patrick.
Which way us the arrow on a weather vane pointed, in such a wind…and what is that wind called?

Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 8:55 p.m. PST

It's not about weather, it's about the players. They all want to know the direction the wind is coming from. Don't confuse them with weather vanes!

NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2017 6:00 a.m. PST

Upwind. My wind vane also has a flag streaming downwind so the sand crabs don't get confused.

Parzival15 Nov 2017 9:35 a.m. PST

The direction the wind is blowing; downwind.

Yellow Admiral15 Nov 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

I admit my weather vanes also point 180 opposite the wind direction. The players are all lubbers, and so is the GM. It's easier to grok "wind going this way" than "wind coming from this point". I also use a homemade weather vane shaped like a sailboat, and it would look funny sailing upwind.

That said, NCC1717's flag on the weather vane is a brilliant flourish.

- Ix

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2017 11:30 a.m. PST

My father was a sailor (professional -- merchant marine for 30 years), and I've been a sailor (amateur -- racing on the San Francisco Bay), so my table top wind vane points in the direction from which the wind is coming.

Getting their landlubbing heads around that concept helps ground the players (see what I did there) in the age of sail.

M C MonkeyDew15 Nov 2017 12:35 p.m. PST

+1 NCC1717.
Looks good and players may learn something even if they don't like larnin' games.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Nov 2017 9:14 a.m. PST

The arrow points downwind.

Never served on a ship with a weather vane.

The readout from the wind vane (or sonic anemometer, if you have one) gives you a three digit heading that the wind is coming from. I have not seen one that draws an arrow.

The big bit of the handheld goes in the direction the arrow points.


And, if you ever actually use an arrow to represent wind, you draw it on the maneuvering board with the arrow head in the direction the wind is blowing (down wind), not the direction the wind is coming from.

Everybody loves moboard!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

Where I am from the question is; Where is the wind out of? If the wind is out of the North then the wind is blowing South. I had to learn about "down wind" from the Navy. Old habits are hard to break. Once I left the Navy I went right back to; Where is the wind out of?

Virginia Tory16 Nov 2017 11:49 a.m. PST

My weather gauge got hit by roundshot once. Caused all manner of confusion.

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