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Oxford-Cambridge rowing race doubtful flag
image Ivan Sache, April 06, 2003.
The traditional Oxford-Cambridge rowing race took place today on the
river Thames, in England. The Oxford eight won the 4.2 mile race by
0.003 second (~20 cm), the shortest difference ever recorded (except
a draw in 1877 and a capsizing of both eights another year).
Near the finish line, a rectangular 1:2 flag made of seven vertical
black and white stripes was hoisted on a building. What could it be? A
university flag, a yacht-club flag, a sponsor's flag, anything else?
If I recall, there are only two flags used in rowing races. One is red,
which signals the start and finish of a race, and the other is white,
which signals caution. Accordingly, this flag must not be related to
the actual competition.
Sean McKinniss, April 06, 2003.
Could this be a flag used in signaling in river navigation?
I have seen some flags for the purpose recently, but I can't remember
where, so I can't check...
Željko Heimer, April 07, 2003.