With years of owning white boats (which were very nice) we are having some fun making Rouge Corsair bright and sexy!
With our official British Registration number on and the name, we are starting to feel like the boat is really ours!
We have something on the stern which is, apparently, ‘illegal’ though… can you spot why? The question is, do we worry about it or not?
September 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm
Well, you have two national flags on the same staff there… which technically could be assumed as an act of war by placing one flag as superior to the other. Not to mention the boat being registered in London vs Aussie flag… 🙂 Plus of course, the Union jack is not the ‘correct’ flag to fly. should be the red ensign. Only naval vessels fly the Union Jack… blah, blah, blah, blah… 🙂 All in all, a pretty amazing mash-up lol
September 10, 2014 at 11:24 pm
Ha ha ha Veronic – that is soooo funny and there we were thinking we had just ONE problem! I read on the DBA the other day it is illegal to fly the Union Jack! (but, apparently no one enforces it!) …. I just didn’t know how great we were of making such an amazing mash-up, I am so proud! lol 🙂
September 11, 2014 at 12:19 am
WELL, Veronica and I are the flag police and your in big trouble!!!!! The solar panels and the new paint look smashing though. 🙂
September 11, 2014 at 12:22 am
Ha Ha! I love stirring! Noel is rolling his eyes, tee hee – he said “I like the colours though”! And he knows I will be making changes, perhaps, soon-ish 😉
September 11, 2014 at 5:45 am
I see nothing wrong and she looks beautiful. As long as the host country’s courtesy flag is higher than yours then I think no-one upset.
September 11, 2014 at 7:43 am
If I saw those flags then I would absolutely be coming over to say G’day! The name graphic looks great too!
PS my yacht lives in Corsair Bay.
September 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Our Tjalk is British registered but we will have a separate halyard for our Canadian flag and the flags of our guests when they visit plus the DBA, WWS, WOB, SSCA etc……..
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September 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm
Sounds like you have got it all figured out – I am getting there, I actually don’t like being “incorrect”! Noel loves being risque! He frowns at me a lot! We need pictures Carole, sounds lovely and colourful!
September 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm
I love the colours, happy colours. I noticed the flags, but hey it’s your barge, be a rebel! X
September 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm
We’d do the same Viki – and we think they look GREAT – however, Linda, Viki, there are FLAG ETIQUETTES. We thought we had broken one or two, but seems there is more…. two national flags on one pole, big no no, “technically assumed as an act of war” !!, It is illegal to fly the Union Jack (should be the ensign) and an Aussie flag when it is a UK registered boat (that one doesn’t worry me too much)! I will be making an ensign today and shifting flags to different poles. The Aussie flag will stay, of course, we’ll have an ensign and will even put the courtesy French one up! phew! ….. To top it all a few people don’t like Corsair being spelt as it is (how much “wrong” can I do in one blog! lol! But this is how my horse liked his name spelt and that is how it is – Good to see someone else thinks it should be Corsair too Viki! 🙂 All good fun! 🙂
September 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm
Hi Fran – love, love, love your comments! Thank you . . . so glad you like the colours too 🙂 🙂
September 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm
I thought the host country’s courtesy flag was just a small one usually. I just fly a small one on the bow. When I attended the 60th anniv of the evacuation of Dunkirk with my boat I flew the ensign as my boat is British registered and I flew the Dutch flag on the same pole as she is a Dutch barge, Had no adverse comments!
September 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Hi, that is interesting. When we were sailing and I checked the ‘etiquette’, I was told (or read) the hosts’ flag should be higher and/or bigger than your own! Ours never was, as I was making them and we had no complaints (except when the Panamanian one fell apart while doing the Panama Canal, our pilot wasn’t too impressed – but that’s another story). The French don’t seem to make a point of the courtesy flag showing, but we have one, so we will put it up. The Aussie flag and Union Jack have inspired a lot more people talk to us – it is really nice. Interesting to note that no one commented on the ‘same pole’ thing when you did it – I wasn’t aware of it myself – but can see the point in one nation’s flag being higher than the other…. that said, like you, (when sailing) we always had our hosts’ flag above ours and above the quarantine flag when checking in . . .
September 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm
Hi Noel and Jackie. You home is looking grand. To jump into the flag debate; is that not a “British Union” flag and not a “Jack”? The term Jack relates to “a jack, a small flag at the bowsprit; the term ‘jack’ once meant small.” To be a Jack a flag is flown from the pole or “Jack” on the bow.
September 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm
Hi Michael, thanks for jumping in – how very interesting, I hadn’t heard of that before and had to google it! I googled “pics of Union Jack” and there it was in all its glory and I was quite smug that I had got it right – THEN I read up on it and my smugness evaporated as you are right – here’s what I read:
“It is often stated that the Union Flag should only be described as the Union Jack when flown in the bows of a warship, but this is a relatively recent idea. From early in its life the Admiralty itself frequently referred to the flag as the Union Jack, whatever its use, and in 1902 an Admiralty Circular announced that Their Lordships had decided that either name could be used officially. Such use was given Parliamentary approval in 1908 when it was stated that “the Union Jack should be regarded as the National flag”.” (http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/geography/unionjack.html)
So – “…the jack flag had existed for over a hundred and fifty years before the jack staff…” If anything the jack-staff is named after the Union Jack – and not the other way around!
The Flag Institute website http://www.flaginstitute.org
….So we are both “right” really…. you think??
LOVE IT – Another way we are “incorrect” – alas, we are never going to be quite right (in more ways than one)!! I can just about handle making an ensign and the different poles. A flag on the “jack” will be another day (and a smaller flag) as I prefer to see where I am going. Very interesting though, thanks for pointing it out and that’s yet another new thing I’ve learned today!