The edge of a sail that lies opposite to its yard, and is used (in place of “at the peak” on
gaff-rigged vessels) to indicate the position of an ensign when flown from a halyard running from
the outer end of the mainsail boom to the mast of a Bermuda rigged sailing yacht - instead of from
an ensign staff at the stern (see also
Ensign Flown At The Leech: Ensign At The Peak
Please note that an ensign should always be flown from an ensign staff at the stern whilst at anchor or berthed alongside.
A term that may be used (in place of its heraldic equivalent) when the obverse of a
flag is depicted (or is manufactured) with its hoist to the observer’s left in accordance
with Western tradition – but see
‘dexter hoist’ and the note below (also
‘hoist 1)’ and
National Flag of Germany (fotw)
Please note that the Editors recommend use of the heraldic term as being more
accurate and will avoid any potential confusion.
1) That dimension of a flag which is measured horizontally from the outside
edge of the hoist (generally excluding the heading), to the opposite extreme edge
of the fly (see also ‘Appendix I’,
‘hoist’ and ‘fly’).
2) The longer dimension of a stripe or band within a flag – howsoever orientated
(see also ‘stripe’).
Please note that definition 3) is given with regard to the consistent
use of proportions when describing a flag and its charges, however, it is suggested that when
giving the actual dimensions of any such charge the phrase ‘width across’ should be used for its
horizontal measurement and the word ‘height’ for its vertical size (see also