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Old 27-03-2017, 12:16   #1
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flag etiquette question

sailing southern Georgian bay not a member of any sailing club and want to fly a flag off the starboard spreader. Could I fly the Ontario Provincial flag off the starboard spreader?
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Re: flag etiquette question

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The priority of hoisting locations depends on the rig of the vessel. With sloops, ketches and schooners the starboard yardarm or spreader of the highest or main mast is the second most honoured position. (That is, after the ensign at the stern.) Next after the starboard spreader is the port spreader. House flags (those defining the owner) are usually flown from the mainmast truck. When a club burgee is flown, it will normally be hoisted to the truck of the most forward mast. On a sloop, then, not having a foremast, the house flag could be moved to the port spreader if the starboard spreader was in use, and a burgee was being flown. On a ketch, the house flag would be moved to the mizzen.

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Re: flag etiquette question

Are you Canadian or from the USA?

If you are from the USA you should have a Canadian flag on the Starboard spreader.
Provincial on the Port (if at all)
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Old 27-03-2017, 14:07   #4
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I'm Canadian sailing out of Canada . I have the Canada flag at the stern " ensign at the stern" . Starboard next in order of honor on sloop. Not affiliated with any club(no burgees). Provincial flags are uncommon but sold at local chandleries. I like having a flag on starboard spreader for wind reference and looks good to me. I had an additional Canada flag there but was informed I look like I'm visiting with courtesy flag.
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Re: flag etiquette question

Well here's what the GoC has to say ...

Position of honour of the National Flag of Canada - Canada.ca

It doesn't say much, but it does tell you what order of precedence to make if you wish to fly two provincial flags!
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Re: flag etiquette question

...Jolly Roger? a "drinks" flag? Parrothead?

We sail annually with a small fleet of the same boats, and every year we design and produce a flag for the event. You could do that if you're with a group... or want to be novel.
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Design a private flag and fly it from the masthead. Flags look great there.
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Re: flag etiquette question

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I'm Canadian sailing out of Canada ..
Yes, then sure, fly a provincial one to starboard.


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