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Jimmy Green Marine offer the most comprehensive range of sailing flags and flag accessories:
Jimmy Green Marine offer the most comprehensive range of sailing flags and flag accessories:
Jimmy Green Courtesy Flags are manufactured to a very high standard in our supply partner factory in Italy.
The strict quality controls in place ensure that each flag is well crafted, neatly stitched, UV-Fade and Wind-Fray Resilient.
All Courtesy Flags are manufactured from very strong and durable 145 gram per m2 (+/- 5%) top quality 100% polyester, special knit, woven bunting to measure 45cm x 30cm (Half Yard) with colourfast screenprint patterns and motifs.
Jimmy Green Courtesy Flags are not made from the shiny, cheaper nylon fabric, nor are they the smaller 20cm x 30cm size.
Jimmy Green stock well over 200 different Courtesy Flags and we will add more if there is any demand.
All Jimmy Green Courtesy Flags are available individually:
You can filter the flags by Ocean/Location.
Some Flags may appear in more than one zone e.g. Spain = North Atlantic and Mediterranean.
There is also additional local geographical information to help your search.
The Parent Country is also listed where appropriate so that you can identify whether you need a specific island flag or not:
e.g. The Netherlands or Netherlands Antilles Courtesy Flag may cover Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Bonaire, Curacao
However, the feel good factor when you make make landfall and sail into your chosen anchorage flying the correct local courtesy flag will more than make up for the extra price of the individual flags :-)
Jimmy Green Courtesy Flags are also available in Bundles by Voyage Plan, Ocean Passage or Location
Any feedback on local reaction to our courtesy flags is welcomed - we will happily do some more research, update our information and even our flags if required.
Where there are different options on courtesy flags we list them separately and any first hand feedback is always welcome e.g. Bermuda is normally red and that is what is listed but they are generally welcomed on Bermuda in blue and we have some blue if you would like one.
Spain is available as the simple red/yellow/red horizontal striped courtesy (less expensive) or with the option of the correct Yacht Ensign Crest.
N.B. Foreign Yachts should fly the red ensign as a courtesy flag when visiting the UK (not a Union Jack) and may also fly the red ensign for some associated British islands, dominions and territories without causing offence.
N.B. Due to the intricate nature of some emblems and motifs, the screen printed design is sewn on to the panel using the appliqué stitching technique.
Some complex patterns and flags made up from multiple shapes e.g. fesses, pales, bends, crosses, palls, chevrons, bends and borders - may be made from one screenprinted piece of flag fabric: FLAG SHAPES AND GLOSSARY
As a gesture of courtesy, yachts should fly a foreign nation's flag when they enter and operate in its waters.
There are no universal rules governing courtesy flag etiquette.
Officials interpret the rules differently from country to country, region to region, island to island or even port to port.
Failing to fly a courtesy flag or flying a courtesy flag improperly may only be considered impolite in some places but in others where it is enforced by local law, officials go as far as impounding passports or imposing fines until the proper flag (which may only be available to purchase locally at great expense) is flying on board.
Flying an undersized, faded or tatty courtesy flag may be considered worse than having no courtesy flag at all in some places.
If you are in any doubt, the best thing to do is observe other yachts from your country and even ask them for guidance.
N.B. Simultaneously flying all the courtesy flags of the different countries/islands that you intend to visit on your cruise should definitely be avoided because your intentions could easily be misinterpreted and cause offence.
Traditionally and logically, you should not fly a courtesy flag until your vessel is properly cleared by customs and immigration.
Until clearance is complete, you should only fly the yellow Q (quarantine) flag.
This is because you have not officially entered the new country until you are cleared through customs.
However, it is common practice, and generally speaking, courteously accepted in many countries, to hoist the courtesy flag above the Q flag in anticipation of clearing customs and immigration.
Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia is the eagerly awaited landfall
On a mast with spreaders, the courtesy flag (or Q) should be flown at the starboard spreader.
If the yacht has more than one mast, the courtesy flag should be flown from the starboard spreader of the forward mast.
On a yacht without any mast, the courtesy flag (or Q) should be flown at the bow.
N.B. Only ever your own ensign or national flag should be flown from the stern of a yacht.
In recent years yacht owners have been a little more adventurous in their approach to courtesy flag etiquette especially in relation to individual countries, Crown Dependencies and other islands within the United Kingdom including regional and even county flags.
It may actually be considered polite or even proper to fly the appropriate regional or island courtesy flag e.g. in the Channel Isles there are individual courtesy flags for each island.
There is nothing wrong with endearing yourself to the local sailors, fishermen and officials.
It is entering into the spirit of the 'courtesy' tradition.
Some locals may be particular whether it is the correct maritime ensign or the land flag but in general it is the effort that you make to be courteous which is important and therefore appreciated.
This courteous local approach is welcomed when extended bluewater cruising e.g. in the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Atlantic where French, British, Dutch, Portugese and Spanish islands have their own local flag.
If you are flying the local flag as a matter of courtesy then you will be entering into the true spirit of courtesy flag etiquette and doing the 'right thing'.
If you are on a strict flag-budget and are not interested in making your own flags, then the parent island flag will generally pass muster:
Some Examples of Islands with National 'Parent' Flags
The French Courtesy Flag may cover e.g. Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Society Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Nouméa - N.B. this list is not exhaustive.
The Chile Courtesy Flag may cover Easter Island.
If the region or island flag is in ‘foreign waters' then it should be flown below the National Courtesy flag e.g. Brittany under France.
There may be some local exceptions to this rule e.g. Azores flag over Portugal flag, Galapagos over Ecuador.
We advise you to seek advice or have a good look around the marina or anchorage at how other visiting yachts are displaying their flags
If you and your crew want to fly your regional or county flag or even your cruising club flag e.g. Cornwall, Devon, the ARC World Cruising Club then it is probably best to hoist these on the port spreader to avoid any confusion with your courtesy flag(s).
This is becoming much more prevalent, especially on rallies.
Flags should should always be displayed from the correct spreader, tastefully and in good spirit, to ensure that no offence is caused.
Left hand photo = Portugal, flown from the starboard spreader - Cornwall (Skipper), ARC + and Devon (Number 1 Crew) flown from the port spreader - The St Mawes SC Commodore Pennant appears from somewhere.
Right hand photo = Spain over Canaries on the starboard spreader and the same representation on the port spreader
The burgee should take the next most senior position on a yacht which is at the main masthead.
Only one burgee should be flown on a yacht.
Burgees are now commonly flown at the starboard spreaders. However, no other flag should be flown above the burgee on the same halyard.
You should not fly a burgee above a national courtesy flag on the same halyard.
Therefore if you choose to fly your burgee at the starboard spreader you will have a dilemma in ‘foreign waters'.
This could be obviated by reeving a second flag halyard to the starboard spreader but is not strictly following flag etiquette.
The Union flag, the Welsh Dragon and the Crosses of St Andrew, St George and St Patrick are primarily land flags and should not be flown at sea by cruising yachtsmen.
At sea the cross of St George is the flag of an Admiral and should therefore not be flown by anyone else, without special dispensation.
The St Andrew flag could be mistaken for the code flag M signalling "my vessel is stopped and making no way through the water".
The St Patrick flag could be mistaken for the code flag V signalling "I require assistance".
On special occasions, yachts often "dress overall," displaying a decorative collection of International Signal Code flags.
Convention suggests that you bend on flags and pennants alternately. There are twice as many letters as numeral pennants, so a possible sequence would be: Two flags, one pennant, two flags, one pennant, and so on e.g. from stem to stern
AB2, UJ1, KE3, GH6, IV5, FL4, DM7, PO Third Substitute, RN First Substitute, ST Zero, CX9, WQ8, ZY Second Substitute.
E, Q, 3, G, 8, Z, 4, W, 6, P, 1, I, Answer Pennant, T, Y ,B, X, 1st Substitute, H, 3rd Substitute, D, F, 2nd Substitute, U, A, O, M, R, 2, J, 0, N, 9, K, 7, V, 5, L, C, S.
To select the size of your signal code flag set for dressing overall, add the individual hoist measurement to the average gap between the flags e.g. 12" x 8" would be an 8 inch hoist + say a 4 inch gap = 12 inches and multiply by 40 = 40 feet length overall. ½ yard would be 12 inch hoist + say a 6 inch gap = 18 inches and multiply by 40 = 60 feet length overall.
You can minimise the overall length by having a very small gap between each flag.
The maximum length overall is therefore limited by the length of cord sewn into the fly known as the distance line.
Some Signal Code Flag Sets have flags made with a loop at the top and a distance line with a toggle at the bottom. While this requires no knots, the disadvantage is that the overall length is predetermined and may not suit the dimensions of your yacht and rig.
Jimmy Green individual Signal Code Flags are manufactured in our modern supplier partner factory in Italy from top quality UV resistant 100% polyester woven bunting.
Jimmy Green Marine stock all 40 Signal Code Flags from A - Z plus numerals and pennants, available individually or as a set with or without storage wallet.
Available in both 12" x 8" (30cm x 20cm) or Half Yard (45cm x 30cm) Size
Jimmy Green Sailing Flags are screen printed in our supplier partner, state of the art, modern factory in Italy on top quality UV resistant (for reduced fading) 100% polyester woven bunting.
Printed polyester courtesy flags are lighter, size for size than traditional sewn flags and will therefore fly better in a light breeze.
This also helps to explain why sewn flags seem to last longer – they don’t fly (flap) as much as printed flags.
Jimmy Green Sewn Ensigns are sewn together using the same top quality UV resistant 100% woven polyester .
All Jimmy Green courtesy flags, code flags and ensigns have a braided distance line on the hoist with a loop sewn in at the top and a trailing line at the bottom.
N.B. Premium Ensings are fitted with a varnished toggle in the loop.
Flag Size Guide