English translation: the geography was such that the water was calm
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14:01 Dec 29, 2005
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase:the water was sheltered
Six sailors are on board a ship, a mile away from a little desolate island. The sails and riggings are destroyed so they can't move. The captain decides to swim to the island.
"It was a mile to the island but the water was sheltered and he managed it quite easily."
In what sense can water be sheltered? I mean, it is the middle of the ocean, so there is nothing that could cast any shadow.
Explanation: The sailor did not have to struggle against waves. The term "sheltered" suggests that this was due not simply to favorable weather conditions, but to some protection afforded by a land mass in the vicinity, perhaps the island itself.
All three answers complement each other and they are all very helpful, but I can choose only one. I like Michaeal's explanation best, so he gets the points, but once again many thanks to ALL of you! 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer