In looking for replacement burgee I thought I would look at what was actually required. The Club's online shop which I was asked to put up is just an embeded page from Sional where we get our branded clothes. I have asked the question on how members can get burgees or other items for their yachts and dinghies.
See below for an abstract from the RYA web site on Flag Etiquette. There are some points which should be understood in relation to ordering a club burgee, The size of your flag depends on the size of your yacht. "The burgee for a yacht up to 34ft 15" in the fly (the horizontal measurement) should look appropriate on vessels up to 34ft. This increases to 18" for up to 42ft, 24" for up to 50ft and 30" up to 60 ft." A tatty flag is not acceptable so we should be looking at renewing regularly. Your RYA, Lifeboat membership flags go on the port flag halyard and the club burgee should be on the starboard flag halyard.
If you want to renew your Club Burgee I have put this form together so that we can inform the club how many new burgees are required and of what size.
A brief overview designed to demystify the basics of flag etiquette follows:
What to put where
The most senior position for a flag on a vessel is reserved for the Ensign - this is as close to the stern of the vessel as possible. The Ensign shows the country of registry of the vessel and indicates its nationality. A UK flagged vessel must wear her ensign as required by the Merchant Shipping Act, which includes when entering or leaving a foreign port and on demand. It is recommended that the ensign is worn at all times in daylight, especially when near to or in sight of land or another vessel. A UK registered vessel should wear the national maritime flag, the Red Ensign, unless entitled to wear a special Ensign. Wearing anything other than an authorised Ensign is a violation of British and International Law.
As the Ensign takes the senior position on a vessel, the order of precedence for positions for flying other flags is: 2) masthead, 3) starboard spreader, 4) port spreader. This assumes a simple plan of one halyard per spreader; other combinations including motor boats are discussed in the Members’ section.
Traditionally, the burgee is flown at the main masthead. A burgee must match a special Ensign if one is worn and it should always be higher than the Ensign. Flag etiquette states that only one burgee is flown at a time, but it is not uncommon nowadays to see yachts flying more than one burgee. Although this might cause offence to some, there is nothing legally wrong with this practice provided the rules governing the wearing of a special ensign are adhered to.
The starboard spreaders are used for signalling. This is where both a courtesy flag and the Q flag, as signals, should be flown. These days it is becoming increasingly common for yachts to fly a burgee from the starboard spreaders because of instrumentation sited at the main masthead. Again, legally there is nothing wrong with doing so but this practice presents a number of problems for those who wish to adhere to the traditions of flag etiquette.
More than one flag may be flown on a halyard except that flag etiquette states that no flag can be above the burgee on the same halyard and no flag can be worn above the courtesy flag. If you fly a burgee at the starboard spreaders and are sailing in the territorial waters of another country this presents something of a dilemma, particularly if you must fly a burgee to match a special Ensign. Unless the burgee is in its traditional position at the masthead, you risk flouting one or another element of flag etiquette. How you choose to resolve this is a matter of choice.
A word on courtesy flags, most countries use their national flag at sea and it is therefore not uncommon to see a foreign visitor flying a Union Jack as a courtesy flag when visiting UK waters. This is wrong; the correct flag is always a Red Ensign. There is no legal requirement to fly a courtesy flag; it is a courtesy that acknowledges that the vessel will respect the laws and sovereignty of that country. However, if one is not flown or it is tatty or faded, it may cause grave offence and in some countries can lead to a fine.
The port spreaders are used for house flags. A house flag is normally but not always a small rectangular version of a burgee. It may indicate membership of an association (i.e. the RYA) or society or may be to indicate membership of another club should that club have a house flag. More than one house flag may be flown on the port halyard, but with caution as too many might appear vulgar to some.
The Union Jack, Welsh Dragon, the Crosses of St Andrew, St George and St Patrick and the EU flag are primarily land flags and must not be flown at sea as an Ensign by cruising yachtsmen. At sea the cross of St George is the flag of an Admiral and it should therefore not be flown by anyone else, without special dispensation. A vessel flying the St Andrew’s Cross could be mistaken as saying "my vessel is stopped and making no way through the water" as this is the meaning of code flag M which has the same design and the St Patrick s Cross could be misinterpreted as code flag V "I require assistance".
Union Jack or Union flag?
There is often a lively debate about which term is correct. In fact both terms are acceptable having been given parliamentary approval in 1908 when it was stated that "the Union Jack should be regarded as the National flag".
Sizing your flags
The sizes and condition of flags are important. They should not be tatty and should not hang in the water, but should still be large enough to be seen.
The best advice is "what looks right" but a rough guide is:
The general guideline for the size of Ensign used to be an inch per foot of yacht, but on many modern yachts this is found to be a little on the small side for the vessel to look "well dressed". Roughly speaking a 3/4 yard Ensign should look right on a boat of 21-26 ft, 1 yard for 27- 34 ft, 1 1/4 yard for 35 - 42 ft, 1 1/2 yard for 43 - 50 ft and 1 3/4 yard for 51 - 60 ft, but some discretion may need to be applied.
A burgee of 15" in the fly (the horizontal measurement) should look appropriate on vessels up to 34ft. This increases to 18" for up to 42ft, 24" for up to 50ft and 30" up to 60 ft.
Having an undersized, faded or tatty courtesy flag in many places is worse than having no courtesy flag. Again as a guide only, 12" in the fly should look appropriate for 21-26 ft, 15" for 27- 34 ft, 18" for 35 - 42 ft, 22" for 43 - 50 ft and 30" for 51 - 60 ft. Availability may however end up dictating the size of the flag.
A house flag of a similar size to those listed for the courtesy flag will generally be appropriate.
In addition to the national maritime flag, the Red Ensign, there is a White Ensign, a Blue Ensign and there are a number of Red Ensigns with a badge, Blue Ensigns with a badge and a light blue Ensign with a badge. These additional Ensigns are special or privileged Ensigns may only be worn with permission, which is granted ultimately by the Queen.
A warrant grants this permission and the Ensign must be worn in accordance with the warrant, which will in most cases require the corresponding burgee to be displayed. In most cases the warrant is granted to a Yacht Club, which in turns gives its members permission to wear the Ensign under the conditions of the warrant, by issuing the members with a permit.
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Abstract from HM Coastguard Blog [Thanks to Cogger for finding this]
Boat owners, shipping companies and anyone who puts out to sea are being informed about a change in some of the VHF channel numbers used to contact UK Coastguard.
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The February series will start on Sunday 5th February
Race 5 Sunday 29th January
Again just two yachts competing as Just Jay was still undergoing mast work. The race start at 13:00 as normal with a steady SSE 10kt wind. The course selected was the same as the previous week, Clipera, Langdon Ridge, Clipera and finish. The weather forecast had been changing all week and the expected heavy rain and gusty conditions didn't materialise. Lily made a poor sail choice for the start allowing Just Enough to get away and although Lily was closing as they approached Just Enough made the turn first. Under spinnaker for leg 2 Just Enough with her asymmetric headed off towards Carmel Head while Lily ran a perfect line to Langdon Ridge allowing for tide but the wind fell away in the middle of the bay leaving Lily at times with no apparent wind. Just Enough had a big advantage as they approached Langdon but as she turned to make the mark she struggled in the light winds to get back against the current running NE-SW at the mark.
The beat back from Langdon to Clipera saw both yachts taking different strategies but Lily failed to make up anything on Just Enough leaving about a 5 minute gap at the mark. As they entered the harbour the wind was dying away and Lily lost even more up to the finish line.
It could be said that Lily's skipper was looking at too much added technology having just made the connection from original instruments to the Zeus2 chartplotter.
Congratulations to Phil on Just Enough for winning the series with a clean sweep on the IRC handicap.
Here is a link to the new 2017 RRS so that you can all read up on what you SHOULD be doing on the water. You'll probably have plenty of time while you are suffering from over indulgence during your Christmas festivities. By the way we will also be holding a Cruiser Race over the holiday period.
This hefty volume is worth reading as it is valid till 2020!
We'll hold a test during the season to see how well you know your rules! Winner will be promoted to Rules Instructor!
It is broken down into Parts and Part 1 includes some exciting bits like "
- BETTING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
- BETTING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
So just you be careful we're watching you!
By the way if when you are reading Part 2 you might need to understand the definition of Overlap
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Race 4 Wednesday December 28th
Race 4, the last race of 2016 was held in fantastic winter weather, clearing skies, southerly mild winds which were less than forecast and dropping down during the later stages of the race. The course selected for the race was ideal with two spinnaker legs, two beats and one fetch. As ever Just Jay was off the marina first, Just Enough second and Lily last, one day we will get out earlier!
The 3 yachts circled round to take a beam reach start on Starboard as they headed for the Knuckle where spinnakers could be hoisted, Just Jay taking a wider line with Just Enough getting a good line closer to the wall and overtaking Lily whose spinnaker problems persisted, failing to get her spinnaker rigged until she reached Clipera by which time the other two yachts had a significant advantage. Lily should have taken a deeper line from Clipera towards Bolivar than the J boats but the spinnaker the change of helm resulted in Lily following the other two boats thus loosing the advantage. Lily was so far behind that it was difficult to see who was leading but the two J's were sailing in close proximity for most of the race. Additional info from Cogger's FB post: Just Enough was right behind Just Jay until she caught a lobster pot on her keel forcing J 92 to fall off Just Jay's quarter wave.
Then rounding Langdon RIdge bouy Just Jay had problems taking her spinnaker down allowing Just Enough to retake the lead. Just Jay got line honours but Just Enough finished 2 minutes behind in the 2 hour 18 min race, to get the bullet by 1 min 36 seconds on corrected time.
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For anyone interested in racing next year here are the details of the IRC Spinlock Discounts scheme. It would be really great if more of our Holyhead Yachts obtained valid IRC certificates and joined in some of the races both at Holyhead and at other venues. Remeber that if you renewed your certificate last year under the scheme then you can get 25% off the renewal for this year.
The RORC Rating Office is offering the following start up offer for the Spinlock IRC rating system
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