We saw a boat flying a small USA courtesy flag, a gigantic French flag much higher up, and a large French flag off its stern. French pride is understandable and even laudable, but the breach of courtesy and protocol sent a different message to me. Unfortunately an Australian boat wasn't much better. Yesterday we saw a yacht in Shallow Bay flying a large Australian flag and none other. For me seeing another Australian-flagged boat should have been an occasion of joy but that breach of protocol left me somewhat embarrassed.
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