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Post: "Flying Flag From The Backstay"

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Michael Dougan

Can't comment on flying from the backstay, however on gaff-rigged boats, they fly a flag from the leach of the main sail, just below the gaff. Or, they have a special flag halyard which runs through a block at the peak (aft) end of the gaff.

The only etiquette thing I remember about how to fly the flag is to ensure that you not attach both eyelets of the flag to the angled sail (or backstay) because that would make the flag fly at an angle.

You should run a leader of some sort from the top eyelet to the stay (or sail) so that the flag flys level horizontally.

Cheers!

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