run before the wind

run before the wind

[′rən bi‚fȯrthə ′wind]
(navigation)
To steer a course downwind.
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Their hope lies in keeping a weather position so that they may run before the wind for the schooner when it breezes up.
"The pump being smashed and the steering gear lost, we had to run before the wind, and when we sounded the well and discovered that we had 8ft or 9ft of water in the vessel, we could see that all we could do was to run her ashore, and so save our lives."