victory at sea

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Etymology[edit]

Reputed to come from the big windblown rolling seas in the movie and television series Victory at Sea.

Noun[edit]

victory at sea (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Ocean conditions very windblown and messy, possibly to the point of being inimical to surfing and other water sports.
    • 1995, Tom Tweed, 1/5/95 sd cali. surf 7-8' onshore slop in alt.surfing [1]
      It is total "Victory at Sea" out there today- 17 to 25 knot onshore winds kicking up big. messy windswell/chop everywhere.
    • 1998, Jim Shuck, Watercraft World Recap in rec.sport.jetski [2]
      It is extremely fast and comfortable to ride in 2 foot chop like we had in the ocean today. It will still run near 60 in that "victory at sea" if one can hang on.
    • 2004, Vans Triple Crown press release 11.16.2004 [3]
      A diminishing swell Saturday led officials to call for a lay day, then a strong on-shore storm system moved through overnight leaving victory at sea conditions yesterday.
    • 2005, Glenn Woodell, Omaezaki? in rec.windsurfing [4]
      It's not Maui, but wind swell becoming Victory At Sea conditions on the outside as it goes 4.2.
    • 2011, National Weather Service, Area Forecast Discussion Tallahassee FL 11:28 AM EDT Mon Sep 5 2011 [5]
      HIGH SURF AND DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS CONTINUE TODAY WITH VICTORY AT SEA CONDITIONS. SOME BEACH EROSION HAS LIKELY OCCURRED OVER IN THE PANHANDLE.