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A while back (when you first used the ship in your masthead(?), I believe), I sent in a comment asking about the banners blowing in the same direction as the apparent wind, noting that I had seen paintings where the banners/flags seemed to be flowing in the opposite direction--that is, being dragged along as if from the speed of the boat. The reply was less than helpful, but I understood, you being busy with profitable pursuits. Now I see the above post, showing a painting with the flags flowing opposite to the apparent wind direction. If you have a bit more time, could you please see if you could explain to a non-sailor how flags on sailing ships could be represented by accomplished artists in such opposite manners. I do enjoy Maggie's farm. Thanks.
good question. Gwynnie might answer it better than I can, but here are a few thoughts:
1. the artist uses artistic license to display the flag clearly
2. wind blowing off a sail onto a flag would make it unfurl differently from the wind direction
3. look up wind vs. apparent wind direction
I'm no sailor but I recall reading that a sail works more like an airfoil. The craft is pulled along due to lower air pressure on the leading side of the sail, rather than pushed by the wind and thus can move relatively faster than the wind behind it. I'll leave it to an expert to let me know if I have this correct/incorrect.