sail against

sail against the wind

To work to achieve something amid challenging circumstances, such as staunch opposition. This nautical phrase refers to the difficulty of sailing in the opposite direction as the wind. I know that I am sailing against the wind to try get this unpopular law passed, but I am confident that it will ultimately make our town a safer place.
See also: sail, wind

sail against something

to operate a boat or ship, so as to move against the wind. It takes skill and training to sail against the wind. The huge cruise ship sailed against the wind all the way to St. Thomas.
See also: sail
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In other matches planned for Saturday, league leaders KCB are favourites against Nondescripts at KCB Sports Club while Quins expect an easy sail against visiting Mombasa at the RFUEA.
Using the language of sailors, we can only sail against the prevailing wind which only nature controls.
However, Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative, which concluded recently, has set sail against the current.
FORMER British paratrooper Chay Blyth completed the first solo round-the-world sail against prevailing winds in 292 days.
The campaign was only launched last month and this was their first competitive sail against the six other members of the Race fleet.
Andrade is also correct that sailing in the Mediterranean, and up the coasts of Africa and in the Atlantic, required ships that could effectively sail against the wind.
The government has to sail against the wind to overcome the causes behind the current state of affairs of NLC: major of which is said to be a freighter pretending defence agency as Gen.
Harrison provides readers with a common sense narrative on how the American economy got where it is today and how investors now need an iconoclastic and out-of-the box investment strategy to successfully sail against the turbulent headwinds facing the U.
Talks to return the Mavi Marmara and two other Turkish-owned ships from the flotilla had been held up by Israel's demand the owners undertake not to sail against the blockade, which it says prevents arms smuggling to Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers.
Twenty minutes later, the captain continuing to sail against the wind, calm returned.
As the lonely ruler finds love again with adventurer Walter Raleigh, she refuses to let him set sail against the Armada - a decision that does not go down well at court.
When Elizabeth let Sir Francis Drake sail against Spain and the Spanish Main in 1585, war ensued.
But a British survivor, Simon Hill, aged 44, from Southampton, faces civil proceedings from Mr al-Kobaisi, who accuses him of ordering the captain to set sail against his wishes.
Simon Hill (44), from Southampton, is accused of ordering the captain of the converted pleasure boat al Dana to set sail against his wishes.