quartering sea

quartering sea

[′kwȯrd·ə·riŋ ′sē]
(navigation)
Waves moving in a direction approximately 45° from a vessel's heading, striking the vessel on the quarter.
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Rochelle said wherever he goes, he looks for the path of least resistance: "I try and run the troughs as opposed to a head sea or quartering sea. If the wind is going to be clocking around then I will make runs so that at the end of the day I am either going with the seas or running the troughs.