A flag or pennant from one of several different systems for signalling the
condition of a beach, the state of the ocean or weather at that particular point,
and/or to what degree bathing safety precautions are in place – a bathing or surfing
flag/pennant, a weather or weather-warning flag/pennant, a shark alert or alarm flag/pennant, a wind, windsurf or windsurfing danger
flag/pennant or similar - but see ‘blue flag’ (also
‘red flag 1)’ and
‘storm warning flag’).
An accurate but seldom used translation (balken meaning a “balk”, “bar” or “beam” of
wood) of the German term balkenkreuz - see ‘balkenkreuz’.
1) An expanding stripe (or stripes) which usually - but not exclusively - expand from a central point in order to represent
a shaft (or shafts) of light – rays – but see
(also ‘expanding stripe(s)’).
2) The term may also be used to describe a horizontal arm such as those
seen on an anchor, cross or yard (see also ‘anchor’,
‘cross 1)’ and
3) A term sometimes incorrectly used to describe a stripe (or stripes) in place of the heraldic equivalents – see
An increasingly obsolete method of securing the halyard by means of
movable vertical pins (fitted into a frame or rack at the foot of the mast)
and now largely replaced by the cleat - a tack pin or jack pin (see also ‘cleat’