What Flag Are You Flying?

By: Cruising Tips, Sailing Tips

Recent travels during the COVID-19 Pandemic have made sailors more aware of the Q Flag. This International symbol of “health” is the flag that alerts officials that your vessel is “healthy and requests free practique.” This permission allows the captain to enter port with the assurance that the vessel is free of contagion. The “Q” flag is flown to alert authorities to your arrival and it is flown until the vessel is cleared, after which the crew is free to go ashore. Just like a ship, a yacht flies her colors or national ensign to announce her country of documentation. …