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  1. #71
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    I served in The Bull, in darkest Essex.
    2 blue rings round the eyes rather than 1 blue ensign then
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

  2. #72
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit (of Glenans) View Post
    Everyone seems to have missed out on the fun to be had if you can dip your ensign when encountering a naval vessel
    How do you dip it when it is flown 1 metre above the water line in the first place?
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

  3. #73
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    How do you dip it when it is flown 1 metre above the water line in the first place?
    Have a small block on your backstay at a suitable height and hoist your ensign. You can then dip it at your leisure.

  4. #74
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit (of Glenans) View Post
    Certain uppercrust yacht clubs in the UK are allowed to fly defaced Blue Ensigns.
    Simply not true. Our club has a defaced blue ensign. The club was formed in 1854 "for the working men of Poole".

    The very antithesis of "upper crust"

  5. #75
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by IanL View Post
    Have a small block on your backstay at a suitable height and hoist your ensign. You can then dip it at your leisure.
    As shown in post #57. With a plastic cleat secured to the backstay a few feet lower.

    Before I installed the Monitor the ensign was on a flagstaff. On the exteremely rare occcasions when I dipped it I just lifted it out of its socket and lowered it until it was horizontal, then put it back again. I've never had any complaints from whatever authority concerns itself with such things (if any exists) so I assume I'm doing it right.

  6. #76
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by Tranona View Post
    Simply not true. Our club has a defaced blue ensign. The club was formed in 1854 "for the working men of Poole".
    Yeah, and Eton was formed to provide education for seventy poor boys, so it can't be posh either.

    Do you get many people on Universal Credit coughing up £452.91 per annum to join your happy band of working class rogues?
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

  7. #77
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by IanL View Post
    Have a small block on your backstay at a suitable height and hoist your ensign. You can then dip it at your leisure.
    No good. On the lower part of the backstay ( which is adjustable ) it would flap on my head & above the split it would catch on the boom during a gybe.

    Note I have an aeries & unlike others, it misses the vane whilst it is on the flagstaff, quite easily



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    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by HighlandDave View Post
    Ill treat that reply with the contempt it deserves
    He bit!

    Now look closely at my picture, you brave soldier.

  9. #79
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by JumbleDuck View Post
    Yeah, and Eton was formed to provide education for seventy poor boys, so it can't be posh either.

    Do you get many people on Universal Credit coughing up £452.91 per annum to join your happy band of working class rogues?
    Why do you always have to take an absolutist view. Why can't you see things in their context?

    The comment was comparative - the poster using the term "upper crust" as a way of placing clubs in a hierarchy and I am using "working men" in the same way.

    There was no UC in 1854 and members were no doubt funding their boats out of their own resources.

  10. #80
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by Tranona View Post
    Why do you always have to take an absolutist view. Why can't you see things in their context?
    Perhaps because "the context" is AD2018?
    With perhaps an element of fun.
    Made I larf, Jumble
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