A shift of the wind having given him the weather-gage, he concentrated a vigorous attack on Lawson.
But the wind changed again and transferred the weather-gage to the English.
The Dutch admiral manoeuvred to keep, and Monk to gain, the weather-gage.
On the nth of August the wind, which had been westerly, turned to the S.E., giving him the weather gage.
When Duquesne appeared on the 7th of January 1676 near the Lipari Islands, De Ruyter allowed them to get the weather-gage, and on the 8th of January waited passively for their attack.
But Hubert owed his success to the skill with which he manoeuvred for the weather-gage, and his victory was not less brilliant than momentous.
It put to sea, and by hugging the wind gained the weather gage of the French adventurer.
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