The Original Question :-
"Got mine only today but hope to have it flying this weekend and carry it with pride on the Round the Island Race on the 20 th June.
Here's my quandry - we fly a RYA and an OCC member burgee - and now the CLVYC.
So what goes on top?"
Originally Posted by Swagman
My question was tongue in cheeek but protocal actually dictates country courtesy flag to starboard so all our club flags are run up port side.
In the original question there is no mention of "Country Courtesy Flag" Only 3 burgee type flags associating the skipper with an organisation, were part of the question.
However, if Swagman's port of registry is a British Port - and if the Round the Island race is to be in British waters - which I understand it shall be. Then, what flag will be hoisted starboard above all others?? Probably in the same order as given before. Because Swagman will fly the Red Duster off his aft flag pole. HOWEVER, in many races such as 'Round the Island Race 20 June 2009' in British waters - the very second that a British boat flying the Ensign, Red or Blue crosses the start line, it shall then be deemed to have have retired.
In this specific race the relevant authorities have ruled as per :-
Boats shall, while racing, wear from the backstay (or stern
if no backstay is fitted) the fleet flag and, below this, any
class identification flag assigned by the Island Sailing
Club. Fleet and class identification flag assignments are
shown in Table 1 on Page 8. Fleet flags are provided with
these instructions, except for the Sunsail Fleet who shall
provide and wear only their own class identification flag.
On retirement from the Race, boats are requested to
wear an ensign and to keep clear of boats that are still