Quote: "That doesn't make sense. "Set" is the direction of a current
. "Drift" is its speed. Did you mean leeway would set the boat south of its heading while the current
would offset that effect?"
Quite right — terminological inexactitude is unforgivable. Looks like you got the drift nevertheless :-)
Back where I come from, ships can be "drifting on the wind", and "drift" is commonly used to mean the deviation from your intended course that is caused by wind
, i.e. it relates to your track over the ground. "Leeway", where I come from, relates to the crab-wise component of the hull's progress through the water
, but in the present context that seems like splitting hairs :-)
I'm happy enuff to adapt my use of the jargon to local requirements :-)