Does a boat sail in the water or on the water?
In describing sailing in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay area, which statement is better?
Join us for sailing in the South Bay.
Join us for sailing on the South Bay.
Either is correct, but each carries a slightly different meaning. Around these parts, most would say "let's go sailing on the Bay" or "I went sailing on the Bay last weekend" to describe the act of sailing. When you say "in the South Bay" or "in the Delta" you give greater emphasis to the geographic region than to the act of sailing. But as I said, this is the common usage where I live. You folks south of the San Mateo Bridge may have an entirely different usage.
This weekend's weather does not appear to offer good sailing in the South Bay -- 1o knot winds from the southeast, moderate chop, rain Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The central and north bays offer the same weather, but less chop due to the deeper water.
I hope this helps.
|link||edited Jan 05 '13 at 05:10 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
I disgaree. I do not think "IN" the bay is correct. Hopefully your boat will remain on the surface of the water the entire time, only sailing "ON" the bay.
Submarines would be IN the bay. Swimmers would be IN the bay. Boats are usually ON the bay.
|link||answered Jan 05 '13 at 18:32 Tony Proano Expert|
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