Originally Posted by carstenb
I'll repeat my experience from Gibraltar
. We arrived and the marina hand helped us get the lines up to the boat. The first thing he said after giving us the lines was
"ONce you have tied off - you will fly the UK courtesy flag - raise it before you do anything else"
Later that day I was walking by the Port Captain's office and there was a notice on the board.
"No boats will be allowed to dock
unless they are flying the courtesy flag. They are to be denied entrance to the marina until they have learned to show the proper respect"
Some places take the courtesy flag very seriously.
That probably has a lot to do with Spanish yachts arriving and flying no courtesy ensign cos they reckon they are still in Spain
Same thing happens with RG yachts arriving in the Falklands.........they are also trying to make a statement.....
Only place I have had an issue was in Mar del Plata.... arrived at 04dark... at 07notquitesodark some Malvanista was putting on an act ( I had no flags up... hadn't even hung out me washing
..)...... he didn't bother the French flagged yacht astern of us who flew no courtesy ensign at all throughout his stay.
Today is the first time I have seen the expression 'civil ensign'. The national flag is the 'civil flag ... the one being called the 'civil ensign' here is in fact the mercantile ensign.
Re the UK... on big ships nobody gives a monkey's if a ship flies the Union flag... its only down at the 'royal' yart clubs that you will hear a member
of the G&T set saying ' I say old man..... thats not right....'
Did you know that the poms call a pissup a 'drinks party'?