I have to say that it has always felt that something was missing. And then I realised what it was.
In all of the time we have been busy rebuilding Formanda, our Beecham Searider 45, the ensign was tucked away in one of a myriad number of boxes and the staff socket was removed from the rail. Well, all of that is in the past now.
In a fit of August Bank Holiday activity (yes, I know, another timely blog!) the socket was secured to the rail, the staff rigged and the ensign flown. Actually, it’s a slightly OTT ensign, one that might cheekily flick the unwary visitor boarding astern in the ear, but after the rebuild that Formanda has endured it seems appropriate to make a bit of visual impact to celebrate progress to-date.
There’s much more to do this winter, but every time the tasks seem to be impossible I suspect I’ll be holding my own personal ensign ceremony, just to see that cheeky gash of red fly in the breeze.