June 14 Flag Day
If you have are a USA registered boat remember to dress your boat up and host your ensign on Flag Day Sunday, June 14.
In US Naval services flags are flown from 0800 until Sunset. That’s what I do. As my boat is docked at a US Naval Station every morning at 08.00 they play the National Anthem and at sunset they play “retreat”.
In the summer it’s a little sad as I hear retreat playing earlier each day reminding me that my boating days are becoming fewer and shorter.
Of course if I am outside the boat I have to stand at attention in the direction of the flag and render a salute.
The law was changed so US veterans can now render a military style hand salute. But The old rule in the Naval Services was, is. You can only salute when in uniform and covered. That’s why you don’t see them in movies (unless they are in Army it Air Force or new Space Force) salute inside because another rule is to uncover, take off your hat inside unless you are under arms. I just put my hand over my heart ❤️ Old habits die hard
it’s an American thing but it’s called flag day so if you aren’t an American there is no rule why you can’t fly your Nations Flag Sunday to dress up your boat.
So happy flag day and and fly your countries National Ensign with pride. (If you aren’t proud of your country get in your boat and sail to another one ha ha )
Here is some more info I got on the web from Chapman’s about displaying the US National Ensign on your boat. I guess rules are similar in other countries.
The U.S. ensign is proper for all U.S. yachts, without reservation. This is "Old Glory," with 50 stars and 13 stripes. All boats, when at anchor, fly it from the stern staff, if so equipped, only while occupied.
It is flown from the stern staff of powerboats underway on inland waters. If the powerboat has a mast and gaff, the proper display is at the gaff.
On a sports fisherman, where a stern staff would be in the way of the action, the practice is to fly the ensign from a halyard rigged just behind the tuna tower.
On Marconi-rigged sailboats under sail alone, the practice for many years had been to fly the ensign from the leech of the aftermost sail, approximately 2/3 the length of the leech above the clew. This puts it in about the same position it would occupy if the boat were gaff-rigged, and on gaff-rigged sailboats it is proper to fly the ensign from the peak of the aftermost gaff.
The advent of the modern high-aspect-ratio rig, with the boom end well inboard of the stern, has made it is possible to fly the ensign from the stern staff of a sailboat underway, and this is now an accepted practice.
However, the ensign should never be displayed while the boat is racing. Under power alone, or at anchor or made fast, the ensign should be flown from the stern staff of all sailboats.
If an overhanging boom requires that the staff be off center, it should preferably be on the starboard side
- Jun 10, 2020
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