Navy blue

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

When read­ing Bob Craig’s let­ter headed ‘Flag it up’ in the May 2018 is­sue, it re­minded me of the time some years ago when my wife and I sailed our trusty Ni­chol­son 32 Splash­down into the French port of Cam­meray. Hav­ing left the boat in the ma­rina to search for food, mainly some fresh baguettes, we re­turned to Splash­down to find a small French yacht tied to the op­po­site side of the pon­toon, look­ing as though it needed a lot of TLC. When the quite el­derly own­ers re­turned, the man went be­low but the lady, see­ing our de­faced blue en­sign, asked about this and in English, I tried to ex­plain the best way I could. She replied in her bro­ken English with the com­ment, ‘When we see a blue en­sign on an English yacht, we al­ways say, “Ah, yet another Bri­tish Ad­mi­ral.”’ Then she im­me­di­ately went be­low to join her hus­band. My wife and I stood in the cock­pit feel­ing a lit­tle em­bar­rassed, as nei­ther of us have any naval con­nec­tion, then went be­low to pour our­selves a cou­ple of stiff G&TS. Derek Bunt­ing

Many as­sume a naval con­nec­tion if you fly a blue en­sign

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