16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Flag and Yacht Etiquette

Flag and Yacht Etiquette are derived from custom and usage of the Royal Navy Members of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will wish to maintain similar high standards of seamanship and good manners.


1. All Australian ships are entitled to wear the Australian Red Ensign.


2. RPAYC yachts may wear the defaced Blue Ensign provided that:

  • The owner has an admiralty warrant to fly the Blue Ensign
  • The warrant is aboard the yacht at the time
  • The owner is on board or in effective control of the yacht (eg. ashore in the vicinity)
  • The RPAYC burgee is worn


3. Colours in Harbour

The Burgee and Ensign should be hoisted at 0800 hours and lowered at sunset. The RPAYC requires ships to lower all colours at this time


4. At Sea

The Ensign should be worn in daylight, within sight of land, or when in company with other yachts or ships. The burgee is not required to be lowered at sunset.


5. When Racing

Burgees and Ensigns must not be worn. Racing flags should be flown from the backstay in all RPAYC races. Yachts having retired should wear the burgee and ensign.


6. Salutes

The Red and Blue Ensigns should be dipped to warships of all nations and to The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Flag Officers. The White Ensign is never dipped except when returning a salute.


Club Burgee
Commodore's Burgee
Vice Commodore
Past Commodore
Rear Commodore



The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.

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