The Frères de la Côte is a worldwide social fraternity whose members commit to each other their friendship, integrity, co-operation and service in nautical and social affairs.
The essence of the Frères de la Côte recalls this Brotherhood. The bond between Frères of all Nations is strong. The black burgees and flags, proudly flown from the mast head, with its distinguishing national and local logo, invites Frères from throughout the world to step aboard and make them-selves known.
An example of the Frères Brotherhood: You sail into a foreign port, there is a problem with your boat. You spot the Frères burgee flapping on the mast of a nearby vessel. You make contact and there, you have a new friend, most likely local, who can advise you where to get help. A happy relationship ensues and the Brotherhood has achieved its purpose once again.
The Frères of each country - there are 15 countries world-wide, with over 2,200 Frères - are divided into memberships of local areas, called Tables. E.g. in Great Britain we have 5 at present, Solent, Weymouth, East Anglia, Greenwich and Kent Invicta.
Each Table is autonomous and decides on its own activities, but which must be within the over-riding specific Octolgue* and the more general Guidelines. Three officers each stand for two years duty and they are referred to as Grand Frère (Captain), Scribe (Secretary) and Bosco (Treasurer).
Each country also has a National Committee which overseas the activities within its own country and attends regular International meetings. A Vigie (Lookout) is also elected and who co-ordinates the activities of the various Tables.
All members, after a preliminary period as an Engagee (Recruit) and upon acceptance by the members of the Table are elected to become a Frères. Each has a self selected ‘non de plume’ to add to the sense of fun and mystery.