The first thing we have to do is expose the etymological origin of the word windward. Specifically, we can determine that it is the result of the sum of two clearly delimited components:
-The word “barloa”, which derives from the French “par lof” which means “for the wind”. It is the word that was used to refer to a thick cable that is used to hold a ship to the corresponding dock.
-The ending “-vent”, for its part, comes from the Latin “ventus”, which can be translated as “wind”.
The idea of windward refers to the site of where does the wind. It is the opposite concept to the idea of leeward: the sector opposite the one from which the wind comes, taking a specific point as a reference.
Thus, the phrase “Windward” alludes to being facing the wind, while “Downwind” It supposes to be with his back to the gusts. Said in a simplified way, windward is the place where the wind comes from and leeward the area to which you are going.
The seamanship pay special attention to windward and leeward due to the importance of winds in navigation. Knowing the windward is decisive to know how a boat will advance in the water. In other areas, such as geography and the hunting, the windward is also studied.
Suppose that at a point X, the wind blows from east to west. In a ship located at that point, the windward will be in the east, while the leeward will be in the west.
The predators, when it comes to stalking their dams, they always go to windward. This means that the wind blows them in the face. This way they prevent their body odor from reaching the prey, giving them away. The same do the hunters.
In geography, windward is called the side of a mountain to which the winds loaded with humidity that come from the sea. The clouds, when they meet the mountain, rise, cool down and end up discharging the precipitations in the windward slope. This phenomenon is called orographic rain.
We cannot ignore that Barlovento is also the name that various corners of the world have. This would be the case, for example, of a municipality on La Palma, belonging to the Canary Islands. It has about 1,900 inhabitants and is about 550 meters above sea level. To all this we must add that it is an interesting corner that is worth knowing.
Specifically, it gives its visitors the opportunity to admire from volcanic cones to the famous natural pools of La Fajana passing through the La Laguna de Barlovento reservoir. All this without forgetting relevant buildings such as the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, which dates back to the 16th century.
In the same way, we can underline the existence of a group of islands located in Cape Verde called Barlovento. Specifically, there are six islands that make up this group: Sao Vicente, Sao Nicolau, Boavista, Santo Antao, Santa Luzia and Sal.