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Old 10-03-2012, 17:30   #1
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Flags - What Do You Fly ?

Hello everyone,

I was just wondering what the general consensus is regarding flying flags. What kind and how many do all of you run? What are the general guidelines, if any, when flying flags?

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Re: Flags - What do you fly?

Flag and Etiquette Committee
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Of course one "wears an ensign".

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Re: Flags - What Do You Fly ?

Ensign - from flagstaff at stern
Courtesy flag - below starboard spreader
Yacht club burgee -below board spreader
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Re: Flags - What Do You Fly ?

Ensign -- two-thirds up the mizzen back stay
House flag from the mizzen truck
CPS flag from the outer starboard spreader halyard (or inner one if courtesy flag is required).
Burgee--flown from the main truck.
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US of A or Texas. Fly them from a 40" oak mast at stern.
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Re: Flags - What Do You Fly ?

In the days of yore, I never flew the ensign when racing, so if you saw me with the ensign worn while underway you knew I was cruising. Currently, I fly the smallest ensign I can get away with. Between an aft cockpit and davits, I don't really have enough room far a large ensign to fly without fouling. Nothing worse than an ensign wrapping around the outboard.

Because of my swept spreaders, I tend not to sail with a burgee when underway unless I'm specifically engaged in a yacht club cruise because I don't like it hitting the main on a port reach. Makes me sound like a motorboat. Wonderblond and I are members of different yacht clubs, so when we cruise with her club we fly her burgee. We usually avoid flying multiple burgees. We love flying the CF burgee at anchor, but tend not to fly it in our home slip, at which point we'll usually fly my club's burgee.

I fly the flag of my alma mater during Big Game week just to remind everyone that I did NOT attend Cal.

Otherwise, I tend to be a flag minimalist
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Re: Flags - What Do You Fly ?

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Currently, I fly the smallest ensign I can get away with.



Cruising abroad there might be a chance that people will, er, prejudge you just a little if you turn up with an ensign the size of a large bedsheet hanging off the back of the boat...

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In the days of yore, I never flew the ensign when racing, so if you saw me with the ensign worn while underway you knew I was cruising
well of course thats because the wearing of an ensign during racing is forbidden under ISAF rules.

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Re: Flags - What Do You Fly ?

Yacht Ensign from the stern rail.

C25 Association Burgee from the starboard spreader.

Sometimes, when I'm on the hook spending the afternoon/evening watching the races, I'll hoist decorative signal flags up the forestay and backstay
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Re: Flags - What Do You Fly ?

none in national waters
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Re: Flags - What Do You Fly ?

We will sometimes fly a local flag below the courtesy national. Not strictly required but often a nice gesture.

When a non-national onboard we will fly their national from under the port.

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Re: Flags - What Do You Fly ?

What ever happened to the so called ''international flag'' or rainbow flag? I havent seen any of those lately - the hippies used to fly them all the time back in the 70's. I thought they were pretty cool looking flags myself.
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Re: Flags - What Do You Fly ?

After purchase it took 3 years to even think of getting any flag. Cruised the east coast for 6 months without one. On a long list of boat repair items, flags were a very, very low priority. I just could care less. Now I fly the ensign. From where I'm anchored I can see many boats that are all about having many flags and flag etiquette, others like myself dont care for it. Different stokes, different folks. I bet this rubs some the wrong way, because they view it as mandatory.
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