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"heading", not "bearing"?
I notice some folks describe what compass direction they're going as "bearing", as in, "Wind was from South, I was bearing Southwest on port tack, close-hauled".
I always thought 'bearing', whether as noun or verb, referred to the direction (either true or relative) another object is to you ("I'm heading west, lighthouse abeam bears north"), or "the bearing of boat A off my bow was 20 degrees", etc.
And where you're headed, is "heading" or "course", and referring to it as "bearing' might cause confusion.
Is there an evolution in terminology here of which I'm unaware (wouldn't be the first time)?
Last edited by nolatom; 01-12-2011 at 10:10 AM.