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Royal Patronage Extended

Internal Posting to Membership 
It is an Honour to Report our Royal Patronage is Extended
We are pleased to report that RHYC has received Royal correspondence
dated 27th June 2016 to confirm that HRH The
Prince of Wales has graciously extended his Patronage of the
Royal Hamilton Yacht Club for a further five years.

A copy of the official letter is posted on the RHYC office notice
board. This recognition comprises strict guidelines in regard to
external communications, press releases and in regard to charitable
organizations. The guidelines are posted on the RHYC
office board. I am delighted that we have received this confirmation
in recognition of our five-year report submission and
request for a further extended patronage by HRH The Prince of
Wales which runs until June 2021. This internal posting is not
approved for external communication.
Michael Cox
RHYC Commodore

Flag Etiquette and Important Symbols ​
of the RHYC

RHYC Sailpast and the presentation of the flags signals the start
of the sailing season. It is important that our visual symbols meet
a high and consistent standard. I have been reviewing the customs
and norms of Canadian Royal Yacht clubs. We to take real pride in
our proud heritage and the visual symbols of membership. These
visual symbols help create a shared sense of identity and at the
same time build the RHYC profile and potential for ongoing growth.
In the contemporary context flag etiquette is not well known by
many and those new to sailing or boating. Here are a few pointers
of interest.

The RHYC club burgee is flown on at the club grounds on a pigstick
from the top of the front and back mast. Every sailing club
has a burgee and it is important that this is flown when visiting
other clubs as a matter of courtesy. Many clubs require that burgees
are registered to ensure that only club members have access.
This ensures that only club members can fly the respective
burgee. Traditionally the club burgee was flown from the mast
head on a pennant. However, with the proliferation of wind instruments
and VHF aerials at the masthead, the club burgee is now
traditionally flown from the starboard lower spreader. If there are
a two flags flown from this location, the club burgee should be upper
most. Flying more than one flag from a single halyard should
be avoided, but if necessary, no more than two should be flown. If
visiting the US or other foreign country, the Courtesy Flag should
be flown from a halyard on the port lower spreader.

At the RHYC club grounds the Canadian national flag takes precedence
and is flown from the gaff. This is the spar running upwards
from the “back” of the mast. This represents the gaff of a
fully-rigged ship, it is a place of honour even though its height is
lower than the mast head. On a vessel the national flag flown at
the stern represents the nation of the vessel registration.

The RHYC Blue defaced ensign issued under Governor General
Royal warrant represents our club heritage and should be flown
from the cross-spar on the main mast on the lawn. It can be
flown from the stern of RHYC vessels during club events, but the
National Flag should take precedence when away from the club.
I would recommend the national flag being flown when entering
international waters.

This flag etiquette is on par with other Canadian Royal yacht
clubs such as RVYC, RSt.LYC, RNSYS, RCYC et al. The RHYC
burgee and other flags are important visual club symbols that
members should understand, respect and take pride in as
members of a national and reciprocal sailing fraternity.
So fly your RHYC club burgee and national flag with pride on the
water. Tradition dictates that the national flag should be lowered
at sunset and raised with due ceremony in the morning. It also
ensures that flags last longer and look sharper.
The Commodore