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The name is given to the largest group, in a chain of islands, in the Caribbean Sea. They lie southeast of the Leeward Islands. The Windward Islands start from Dominica spreading south and include Trinidad & Tobago, close to Venezuela’s coast.
Why were they named the Windward Islands?
To understand the origin of the name, you need to understand a little about the history of shipping and sailing. Before the invention of engines, ships were only able to move around the world using the wind’s power to push them great distances.
Sailing ships or Yachts come in many forms and have been around for thousands of years. However, one thing, which has never changed with time, is that a sailing ship or yacht cannot sail against the wind. Sailing with the wind or downwind is easy, however. Therefore, the importance of making sure to sail in the general direction of downwind is critical for a yacht skipper or ship´s captain. If you don´t have an engine, you cannot turn and sail into the wind. So, there is little margin for navigational error without one.