researched by Carlos Tessi
When mariners began crossing the oceans, flags had been an vital communications instrument between ships when at sea and even ashore. Lives relied on appropriate interpretation of their that means, particularly on preventing ships. Right this moment, correct use of flags isn’t just a method to determine vessels and boating organizations, however to provide vital directions, make bulletins, warn of approaching storms, and principally to honor and hold alive the naval traditions and seamanship spirit of these sailors that preceded us.
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Flags have totally different shapes and colours relying on their operate. A pennant is a flag that’s bigger on the hoist than on the fly and could be triangular, tapering or swallow-tailed. A burgee is the pennant that identifies a leisure boating group.
The Manhattan Yacht Membership Burgee
The Manhattan Yacht Membership burgee has been flying excessive above New York Harbor for greater than thirty years as a residing proof that, after a protracted absence, leisure crusing was again in New York Harbor.
Picture: the Manhattan Yacht Membership burgee is a blue star within the heart of a white subject wrapped with a pink band. The right method to fly the burgee is with the star pointing up. Care have to be taken when hoisting as a result of it’s dangerous luck for any boat to fly the burgee the wrong way up.
The colours of our burgee originate as a homage to the place our Founder started crusing, the Bay Head Yacht Membership in New Jersey. Members of that membership inspired Commodore Fortenbaugh to pursue his dream of reintroducing crusing to New York Harbor. To mirror this origin, the MYC burgee was created by wrapping the BHYC burgee with a band of pink, making it “Crimson, White & Blue,” particularly applicable for crusing in entrance of the Statue of Liberty.
The unique Manhattan Yacht Membership burgee has been preserved for the reason that Membership’s founding in 1987. This burgee sailed round Cape Horn twice with French crusing legend Man Bernardin who was making an attempt to interrupt the NY to San Francisco crusing file. After its second rounding, the burgee was retired and is introduced out as soon as per 12 months to fly over the annual Commissioning Ceremony in spring.
The Membership Flagpole
Picture: Clubhouse of the Royal Cork Yacht Membership based in 1720 (image circa 1900). The flagpole features a yardarm and gaff and is going through to the ocean.
A Yacht Membership constructing (or clubhouse) is historically thought of to be a vessel and never a part of land. It’s meant to have a correct flagpole that mimics the mast of a big crusing ship. As well as, lots of the masts in early Yacht Golf equipment had been actual masts repurposed from a big gaff-rigged crusing vessel.
The distinction between a standard land flagpole and a yacht membership flagpole is the yardarm and a gaff pole which mimic the aft mast of a ship. At sea, the gaff was used to lift the mizzen sail and is the aft-most level on the vessel. Because the nationwide flag is supposed to be flown from the aft most level of a ship, it was flown both from a pole on the strict or hoisted on the gaff. Some ships additionally connected their nationwide flag to the leech of their mizzen sail.
Picture: America’s most well-known warship is the USS Structure, nicknamed Previous-Ironsides. She has been restored and out there to see in Boston. Right here Previous-Ironsides shows the flag of the USA of America from her gaff and in addition flies sign flags in her rigging.
The traditions of the nautical flagpole will not be generally identified among the many public and sometimes generate controversy as a result of no flag is ever meant to flown able of larger honor than our nationwide ensign. Folks see the membership burgee flying increased than the nationwide ensign. What they have no idea is that within the naval world, the best level of the mast will not be the place of best honor. The place of honor is the aft most fly, therefore the nationwide ensign is flown from the gaff.
The orientation of a clubhouse flagpole can be vital, accurately positioned because the mast of a ship standing out to sea (gaff pointing inland). A clubhouse flagpole additionally flies the burgees of the Yacht Membership officers, to acknowledge their rank and their presence on the membership or vessel.
Picture: Members of the Membership work collectively to lift our first flagpole in October 2016.
Our Membership’s first flagpole was established by a gaggle of visionary Members in 2016 at our new clubhouse in Jersey Metropolis. A subscription was held which acquired a major outpouring of help, greater than double what ended up being wanted. The excess of the subscription was subsequently used to outfit the entrance of the clubhouse with an awning.
Picture: Our flagpole on an attractive tranquil summer season night. You’ll be able to sit on Commodore’s Deck within the rocking chairs beneath the flagpole and watch because the sailors head out and in every night.
Thanks to those Members who made contributions (so as of dimension and when made): Scott Curtis, John LaGrassa, Jun and Jo Sochi, John & Amy Elliott, Carlos & Silvia Tessi, Glen Burger, Paul A. Bondor, Christopher Gizzi, Bob Savage, Luigi Galbiati, Doug Witter, Alex Howarth, Nina Galbiati, Laura Isabella Galbiati, Linda Keefe, Zaralina & Edouard Ruelle, Allan B Larsen, Mac True, Allison and Michael Verost, Eric and Doreen Leitner, Roger Mader, Jaci Daudt, Simon Jones, Deborah Koch and Invoice DeFazio, Lynn Sexton and Mike Duran, Malcolm Forbes, Rohit Pandey, Stuart Longley, Le Gourieres, James Burns, Mete Ozeren, Eivind Karlsen, Dan Crabbe, Matthew Winalski, Andrew Zangle, Lloyd Spencer, Bob Finkelstein, Sonya Mesommonta, Hal Dorfman, Bertrand Saliba, Marc X. LoPresti, Peter Abelman, John Carlson, Steven G Rawlings, Paul Gilman, Patty Bryan, Jim Savitsky, Sergio Pulles, Michael Connolly, Jim Cavanaugh, The Zwang Household, Tracy Aron, Levent Kemal Sadikoglu, Invoice Leone, Joan E. Lappin, Erik Thygesen, Orlando Ivey.
Flags on Your Vessel
Members could fly our Membership’s burgee on their vessels from two areas whereas underway and at anchor. The extra frequent is from a halyard underneath the lowermost starboard spreader. The extra conventional is from a pig stick from the aft-most mast. Flying a pig stick signifies the yacht is in wonderful trim as a result of having the gear and expertise to fly a pig stick denote a major quantity of data and expertise. The burgee shouldn’t be flown whereas racing. Powerboats which shouldn’t have mast could fly the burgee off a brief employees on the bow.
One other vital flag for Members is the USA Yacht Ensign, the 13-star “Betsy Ross” flag with a fouled anchor within the union. Whereas in US waters, the yacht ensign needs to be flown on leisure boats as a substitute of the Nationwide ensign. In overseas waters, the 50-star nationwide flag needs to be flown.
Our USCG-certified vessels which aren’t thought of leisure, together with the Honorable William Wall, Arabella and Admiral’s Launch, are all required by regulation to fly the nationwide flag and never the yacht ensign.
Picture: Frequent use of the Membership’s cannon was seen throughout the thirtieth Anniversary Tour in 2018 when it’s was fired daily at sundown.
The ceremony of hoisting the flags at 8.00 am and dousing at sundown is name “making colours”. When shorthanded, the nationwide ensign needs to be hoisted first, adopted by the membership burgee and the officers flags if they’re current on the membership (on deck). All officers’ flags are hoisted on the identical starboard halyard, highest rank on prime. Colours are hoisted neatly however lowered ceremoniously. Many yacht golf equipment salute the decreasing of the colours with a cannon shot. Flags akin to Race Committee flags, Gale warning flags, and particular goal flags may also be flown at a yacht membership flagpole.
Alternate of Burgees
Picture: Carlos & Silvia Tessi alternate burgees with the St. Petersburg Yacht Membership in Florida in 2018.
It’s a nautical custom to alternate burgees when visiting different yacht golf equipment or getting into into reciprocity agreements. Members touring to different golf equipment could buy burgees prematurely from our workplace. When exchanging burgees with one other membership, please file the alternate with an image which could be included in our publication. In these circumstances, it’s important that any image shows the Manhattan Yacht Membership burgee positioned in the proper method, with the blue star pointing up because it flies on our flag pole!