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Sailpast and the Salute to the Commodore

Sailpast Instructions 2021

A tradition dating back more than 100 years at our Club, Sailpast marks the official start to the “on the water” season. It’s expected that as many as possible of our power boats, sailboats and dinghies will participate and take this opportunity to pay their respects to our Commodore, Jacques Boucher as he conducts the ‘review the fleet’ ceremony on Sunday, June 20th.

To add color to this celebration, you are encouraged to:

  • BEFORE: Dress your ship, but please remove the flags prior to leaving harbor
  • DURING: The only ship dressed during Sailpast should be the Commodore’s.
  • AFTER: To add to the festivities & colour for the day you are encouraged to dress ship upon your return to harbour, to greet the Commodore with a rousing welcome using all manner of legal sound emitting devices when he enters the harbour and to enjoy the

Special 2021 On Shore at Your Dock Festivities.

The Commodore will be standing at anchor aboard his yacht Cartouche II to receive your salute. An appropriate Salute consists of "dipping" the Canadian flag, which the skipper is holding so not to flutter, with the Skipper and crew facing starboard. Sailing vessels may salute by luffing the jib. The commodore will be accompanied by a committee boat that will fly warning flags.

Dress in all whites, with blazers as an option, is requested. Members’ yachts should fly the Canadian Flag from the stern staff and the Club Burgee from the bow or masthead.


Meet in the Valois Bay area (above the GUT for power boats and keelboats) at 13:45 in groups of similar yachts. Sailpast to be led by Fleet Captain Susan Orr-Mongeau in Talisman VII, refer to Sailpast Order of Instructions available at the club office before departing.


  1. After passing the race committee boat, line up the crew, on the foredeck, if possible. (The best appearance is in order of increasing height from the bow.)
  2. Two boat lengths from the Flagship, your ship’s company comes to attention. Dinghy skippers should stand, weather permitting.
  3. As bow comes in line with the Flagship’s Canadian flag
    a) Skipper salutes only if wearing Flag officer’s cap. b) Lower Canadian flag, or furl it if flown from the transom. c) (No Canadian flag? - luff the jib).
  4. The Commodore will return your salute.
  5. Two boat lengths past the Flagship, end salute, raise/unfurl Canadian flag, ship’s company at ease.
  6. Return to harbor and dress ship, or sail around and enjoy the sights while keeping well clear of the saluting area.