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Post: "Flying Flag From The Backstay"

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George and Rayna Shaunfield

Here are two pictures of the way I setup to fly my US flag from the backstay. I used self-almagating rigging tape (only sticks to itself, no tar etc) around the backstay and then siezed a stainless eye strap with SS wire before raising the mast. A Harken micro block is captured by the eye strap.

As hindsight, the only thing I would change is to sieze the eye strap so that it would face forward rather than aft. Also, I went with overkill and used 3/16" braided line.

When sailing I fly the flag two thirds of the way up the backstay which is a little above spreader height (per US Power Squadron website on flag etiquette).

Seizing to backstay

Flag halyard
flag flying

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