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BURGEES, ENSIGNS, FLAGS and PENNANTS

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By Judy Hills, ACBS roving reporter, member of RDC Triangle Chapter

Have you ever given thought to the burgees, ensigns, flags and pennants that we fly on our boats?  Did you consciously select yours or did you just copy what you saw someone else doing?  What do you know about nautical flag etiquette and usage?  This article addresses this topic.

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According to the US Power Squadron, “Flags are often too small…The national ensign flown at a flag staff on the stern of your boat should be one inch on the fly (long end) for each foot of overall length.”

Flag —One class of flags is called the “international maritime signal flags.”  According to Wikipedia, there is a signal flag “for each letter of the alphabet, and pennant for numerals.  Each flag (except the R flag) has an additional meaning when flown individually, and they take on other meanings in certain combinations.”  For more information on the meanings of international maritime signal flags click on this link:  http://www.marinewaypoints.com/learn/flags/flags.shtml   It is more common to see the international maritime signal flags displayed on sailboats than pleasure power boats.

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Did you know?

  • The word for the scientific study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags is vexillology.
  • The position of honor on a ship is the quarterdeck at the stern of a ship, and thus ensigns are traditionally flown either from the ensign staff at the ship’s stern, or from a gaff rigged over the stern.
  • The general rule that no flag is flown higher than the national flag does not apply onboard a ship.  A flag flown at the stern is always in a superior position to a flag flown elsewhere on the ship, even if the latter is higher up. (Wikipedia—maritime flag). 
  • If you take your boat to international or foreign waters, the traditional United States ensign should be flown.
  • You should avoid flying more than one ensign from a single halyard or antenna.
  • Massachusetts and Maine are the only two states with their own maritime flags (special versions of the state flags for use afloat).
  • There is an international burgee registry. http://www.burgees.com/burgeeframe.htm
  • To learn more about maritime flag etiquette: http://www.usps.org/f_stuff/etiquett.html
  • If you are into vexillology and want to see some really weird flag designs, check out https://www.reddit.com/r/vexillology/ or click here to see vexillology Youtube videos. Click here to check out the National Maritime Museum’s historical collection of flags.

So, having a little fun with our vexillology topic, if you or your ACBS Chapter were to design a flag, what would it look like? 

Send  your pictures, reports, announcements, and boat biographies to  [email protected]

Nice informative piece, thx. One concern: I recently ordered and attempted to fly the ACBS burgee on my ’55 Chris-Craft Continental 22′ and discoverd that the height measurement (~13″) is way too long for my canted mast (pins are about 9″ apart). Has ACBS considered a more “runabout” size for a burgee?

I contacted the company that we purchase the burgees from. The company offers a 10″ size which should place the grommet holes about 9″ apart. If you would like me to order one for you, let me know if you prefer cotton or nylon and slanted or straight. The cost is $39.

This added information came from Gene Porter: “Your yacht ensign info is inaccurate or remiss in that it fails to note that the yacht ensign must never be flown in international or foreign waters since it has no standing as a national ensign. [from the Power Squadron web site]

This is particularly applicable in such areas as the Thousand Islands where US boats frequent Canadian waters, too often flying illegal flags.

Thank you, Gene. One of the advantages of being in this organization is that information is shared from many sources. The website committee invites comments and discussions. It helps us all be more informed.

I fly the flag and ensign that was actually shipped from Century in June of 1959 when my Gray V8 powered 16 ‘ Resorter was delivered to Ithaca NY, she has only had two owners and moved 15 miles North still on Cayuga l and is now used mostly for sunset rides, she saw many hours as a competition ski boat as her original owner was a skier for many years she has also made the trip from Sodus Bay NY across Lake Ontario to the St. Lawrence seaway twice a year for many years to his cottage on the St Lawrence.

Great article but I believe you left out an important fact about the U S ensign. Congress in 1914 or 1916, please don’t hold me to the dates, pasted a law that made the United States Power Squadrons flag an official flag for U S yachts. Bob Korts Member USPS since 1960.

Did you know original ensign flags had sewn stars not embroidered stars like we see today. The stars were cut out of fabric and sewn around the edges.

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The Best Way to Display Burgees in a Yacht Club: A Comprehensive Guide

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Introduction

Burgees are an essential part of the identity and tradition of yacht clubs worldwide. They represent the club’s history, achievements, and values, and are often displayed with pride by members and guests alike. However, displaying burgees improperly or haphazardly can detract from the club’s image and tradition. In this article, we will explore the best way to display burgees in a yacht club, taking into account different types of burgees, suitable locations for display, mounting methods, and maintenance. Whether you are a new member or an experienced yachtsman, following the proper etiquette for burgee display can enhance the beauty and elegance of your yacht club, while preserving its heritage and prestige. So, let’s dive in and discover the secrets of the best way to display burgees in your yacht club!

Understand the different types of burgees

Before we dive into the best way to display burgees in a yacht club, it’s essential to understand the different types of burgees that exist. The three main types of burgees are Club Burgees, Officer Burgees, and Special Event Burgees.

Club Burgees

A Club Burgee is a distinctive flag or pennant that represents the yacht club as a whole. It usually features the club’s emblem or logo and is the most commonly displayed burgee. The Club Burgee is often flown at the club’s main flagpole, clubhouse or displayed in a prominent location.

Officer Burgees

Officer Burgees are smaller flags that represent a specific club officer or position, such as the Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Rear Commodore, or Fleet Captain. These burgees are often flown on the officer’s boat or displayed in their office or workspace.

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Special Event Burgees

Special Event Burgees are temporary flags that represent a specific event, such as a regatta, race, or social gathering. They are typically flown for the duration of the event and then retired or kept as a memento.

Understanding the different types of burgees is crucial for displaying them properly and with respect. By knowing the different types, you can ensure that each burgee is given the appropriate display location and treatment. In the next section, we will discuss the best location for displaying burgees in a yacht club.

Mounting methods for burgee display

There are several mounting methods available for displaying burgees, depending on the location and type of burgee being displayed. The most common methods include:

Halyard Mounting

The halyard mounting method involves attaching the burgee to a halyard, which is then hoisted up a flagpole. This method is commonly used for Club Burgees and Officer Burgees.

Wall Mounting

Wall mounting involves attaching the burgee to a wall using screws, hooks, or clips. This method is often used for displaying burgees in a designated Burgee Display Area.

Horizontal Mounting

Horizontal mounting involves attaching the burgee to a horizontal pole, which is then attached to a vertical surface such as a wall or post. This method is commonly used for displaying burgees in a designated Burgee Display Area.

Pennant String

A pennant string involves attaching several burgees to a single string and hanging it in a designated location. This method is often used for displaying special event burgees.

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When choosing a mounting method, it’s important to consider the location and the type of burgee being displayed. The method chosen should be secure, safe, and not cause any damage to the burgee or the location. In the next section, we will discuss how to maintain burgees for long-lasting display.

Maintaining burgees for long-lasting display

To ensure that burgees are displayed in their best condition and last for a long time, proper maintenance is crucial. The following tips can help you maintain your burgees:

Regularly clean your burgees to remove any dirt, dust, or debris. Use a mild detergent and warm water, and gently scrub the burgee with a soft brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to air dry before storing or displaying it again.

When not in use, store your burgees in a cool, dry, and dark location to avoid exposure to sunlight or moisture. You can roll them up or fold them neatly and store them in a dry, airtight container or bag.

Regularly inspect your burgees for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or discoloration. Repair any damages immediately to prevent further deterioration.

Replacement

Over time, burgees may become faded, torn, or damaged beyond repair. When this happens, it’s best to replace them with new ones to ensure a fresh and elegant display.

By following these tips, you can maintain your burgees in their best condition and display them with pride for years to come. In the next section, we will summarize the key points and provide some final thoughts on the best way to display burgees in a yacht club.

The Best Way to Display Burgees in a Yacht Club: A Comprehensive Guide

Displaying burgees is an important tradition in yacht clubs, and it’s essential to do it right. By understanding the different types of burgees, choosing the right location, selecting the appropriate mounting method, and maintaining the burgees correctly, you can display them with elegance and pride.

Remember, a well-displayed burgee represents the history, tradition, and achievements of the club and its members. It can enhance the club’s image and promote a sense of belonging and pride among members.

So, whether you are displaying the Club Burgee, Officer Burgees, or special event burgees, always take the time to do it right. Follow the guidelines we’ve outlined in this article, and you’ll be well on your way to displaying burgees in the best way possible.

We hope you found this article helpful, and we wish you all the best in your burgee display endeavors!

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The Newport Yacht Club is pleased to represent the City of Newport and its maritime community in welcoming visitors from around the country and around the world.  Those from other yacht clubs often exchange burgees with us. The images, of burgees both new and well-worn, speak to our city and Club as a welcoming destination with close ties to the sea. Questions and comments about these burgees may be directed to  [email protected] .

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Welcome to the alfreds, royal prince alfred yacht club, flag and yacht etiquette.

Flag and Yacht Etiquette are derived from the custom and usage of Royal Navy Members. Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club wishes to maintain similar high standards of seamanship and good manners.

1. All Australian Ships are entitled to wear The Australian Red Ensign.

2. RPAYC Yachts may wear the Defaced Blue Ensign provided that;

  • The owner has an admiralty warrant to fly the Blue Ensign.
  • The warrant is aboard the yacht at the time.
  • The owner is on board or in effective control of the yacht (eg. ashore in the vicinity).
  • The RPAYC burgee is worn.

3. Colours in Harbour The Burgee and Ensign should be hoisted at 0800 hours and lowered at sunset. The RPAYC requires ships to lower all colours at this time.

4. At Sea The Ensign should be worn in daylight, within sight of land, or when in company with other yachts or ships. The burgee is not required to be lowered at sunset.

5. When Racing Burgees and Ensigns must not be worn. Racing flags should be flown from the backstay in all RPAYC races. Yachts having retired should wear the burgee and ensign.

6. Salutes The Red and Blue Ensigns should be dipped to warships of all nations and to The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Flag Officers. The White Ensign is never dipped except when returning a salute.

History, Flag Etiquette & Reciprocal Yacht Clubs

It is known that a club called the Mosquito Yacht Club was founded in 1856. On Tuesday, 15th October 1867, an advertisement was placed in The Sydney Morning Herald – “Mosquito Yacht Club – Boatowners wishing to join please meet at McGrath’s at 8 tonight.” The advertised meeting duly took place at Punch & McGraths Hotel in King Street and, with Mr. T. Strickland in the chair, it was decided to form a yacht club to be called “Prince Alfred Yacht Club.”

The name Prince Alfred was adopted to commemorate Prince Alfred’s forthcoming visit to Sydney. In January 1868, His Royal Highness, Prince Alfred, The Duke of Edinburgh, in command of HMS Galatea sailed into Port Jackson. He was met by two lines of yachts from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and The Prince Alfred Yacht Club, between which HMS Galatea passed.

In August 1911, The Prince Alfred Yacht Club was given permission by King George V to use the prefix “Royal”.

The Club originally occupied premises in Moore Street, Sydney, known today as Martin Place and it eventually moved into 51 Castlereagh Street. In 1956, the Club purchased property in Rowe Street and a new building was built on the site.

In 1919, the Committee decided that Sydney Harbour was becoming too congested for yacht racing and a sub-committee was formed to inspect land that would be suitable for yacht racing in the Pittwater area.

As a result, Green Point was purchased for this purpose for an amount of 650 pounds. Apart from a few tree-planting ceremonies, the land remained practically unused until a group of enthusiasts, who had built Jubilee class yachts, banded together and built a boatshed, slipway and pontoon to cater for their needs. The Governor of New South Wales, the Honorary Commodore of the Club, Lord Wakehurst, officially opened the current premises on 17th December, 1938. No less than 22 Jubilees started in the race held that day.

Unfortunately, during World War II yachting in Pittwater and Sydney Harbour was disbanded. After the war, in 1947, the boatshed was increased in size, moorings were laid in Crystal Bay and Pittwater again came to life.

In 1956, a caretaker’s cottage was erected adjacent to the boatshed; a liquor licence obtained and a small bar built by converting four lockers in the boatshed. Four sheep were kept on Green Point for use as mobile lawn mowers and a cattle ramp was erected at the front entrance to contain the sheep within the property.

The slipway and boat storage area were re-built in 1957 by the use of voluntary labour and the racing fleet on Pittwater was increasing in leaps and bounds. The Club purchased the adjoining property, Moonbar, on the western side of Mitala Street and converted the building into a Clubhouse. This land, previously owned by Mr. Ashley Buckingham, became known as Buckingham Palace, and it was a popular venue for club members, with a lawn area and in-built swimming pool.

In 1962, the Club dredged the north western side of Crystal Bay and reclaimed an area between Moonbar and Green Point. Marina A, accommodating some 52 vessels, was constructed from the dredged area. At the same time, a hardstand area was established in front of the cottage to accommodate ten 5.5 metre yachts.

Yacht racing on Pittwater in the sixties was gaining momentum. Moonbar, although extended, was unable to cope with the influx of members and guests, so it was decided that a new clubhouse should be built on Green Point to cater for the larger patronage. On 15th May 1968, probably the club’s most important function was held. His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh visited to lay a foundation stone for the present clubhouse. Unfortunately due to torrential rain and a 60 knot southerly, Prince Phillip laid the stone by remote control from Moonbar. Regardless, it was a memorable day for members when this royal “sailor” joined them for lunch.

1969/70 saw significant progress in the club’s development. Pittwater was booming, the city premises were wanted by developers and an opportunity arose for the city club to join The Sydney Club, formerly The Millions Club. By selling the city property and developing Pittwater, it meant that members using the city premises would be happily accommodated almost next door at the Sydney Club and development could continue at Pittwater. The Sydney Club was located at 9 Rowe Street, Sydney, and all RPAYC members were automatically yachting members of the Sydney Club.

The Sydney Club had excellent bar and dining facilities available for lunch and dinner and RPAYC members were welcome to join in any of its activities such as golf and theatre parties. The Sydney Club ceased when it amalgamated with the University and Schools Club, which is now situated at 60 Phillip Street, Sydney.

The RPAYC Clubhouse was erected on Green Point together with four marina arms on the western side of Green Point and additional hardstand areas.

On Opening Day in addition to the Club burgee flying from the peak of the flagpole and the Club ensign flying from the Gaff, there will be flying from the crosstree: A replica of the flag flown by the Prince Alfred Yacht Club from its inception until advised by the Admiralty that it was unacceptable as it could be confused with the Royal Navy’s White Ensign;

and The flag adopted by the Mosquito Yacht Club, the club from which the Prince Alfred Yacht Club emerged.

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  • Poole Harbour Yacht Club Poole, Dorset (http://www.pooleyc.co.uk)
  • Royal Motor Yacht Club, Poole, Dorset (http://www.royalmotoryc.co.uk)
  • Royal Dart Yacht Club, Dartmouth, Devon (http://www.royaldart.co.uk)
  • Royal Northern & Clyde Club, Helensburgh, Dunbarton (http://www.rncyc.com)
  • Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight (http://www.royalsolent.org/)
  • Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Southampton, Hampshire (http://www.rsyc.org.uk)
  • Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hampshire (http://www.royal-southern.co.uk/)
  • Royal Thames Yacht Club, London (http://www.royalthames.com/)
  • Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnam on Crouch, Essex (https://royalcorinthian.co.uk/)
  • Medway Yacht Club, Lower Upnor, Kent (http://www.medwayyachtclub.com/)
  • Royal Temple Yacht Club, Ramsgate, Kent (http://www.rtyc.com/)
  • Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, Blyth, Northumberland, (https://rnyc.org.uk/)
  • Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (http://www.riyc.ie/)
  • Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (http://www.rsgyc.ie/)
  • Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Hamburg, Germany (http://www.nrv.de/)
  • Yacht Club of Cannes, Port Palm Beach, Cannes, France (https://www.yachtclubdecannes.org)
  • Yacht Club of Greece, Piraeus, Greece (http://www.ycg.gr/index.php)

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  • Balboa Yacht Club, Newport, California, USA (http://www.balboayachtclub.com/)
  • St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, USA (http://www.stfyc.com/)
  • Eau Gallie Yacht Club, Florida, USA (http://www.egyachtclub.com/)
  • Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Victoria, BC, Canada (http://www.rvyc.bc.ca/)
  • One 15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove, Singapore (http://one15marina.com/)
  • Republic Singapore Yacht Club, Singapore (https://www.rsyc.org.sg/)
  • Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong (http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/)
  • Raffles Marina, Singapore (http://www.rafflesmarina.com.sg)
  • Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Hong Kong (http://www.hhyc.org.hk/)

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  • Southport Yacht Club, Main Beach, QLD (http://www.southportyachtclub.com.au/)
  • Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, North Haven, SA (http://www.cycsa.com.au/)
  • Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron, SA (https://www.rsays.com.au/)
  • Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Williamstown, Victoria (http://www.rycv.yachting.org.au/)
  • Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton, Victoria (http://www.rbyc.org.au/)
  • Sandringham Yacht Club, Sandringham, Victoria (http://www.syc.com.au/)
  • Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay, TAS (http://dssinc.org.au/)
  • Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, TAS (http://www.ryct.org.au/)
  • Swan Yacht Club, Perth, WA (http://swanyachtclub.com.au/)
  • Gosford Sailing Club, NSW (http://gosfordsailingclub.com/)
  • Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, NSW (http://www.lmyc.com.au/site/index.cfm)
  • Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland, New Zealand (http://www.rnzys.org.nz/)
  • Bucklands Beach Yacht Club, Auckland, New Zealand (http://www.bbyc.org.nz/)
  • Cercle Nautique Caledonien, Noumea, New Caledonia (http://www.cnc.asso.nc/)

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On the following pages are the yacht club burgees historically enrolled with the Register.

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In their travels across the country and around the world, PYC members exchange and collect burgees from all nature of yacht and sailing clubs. Our collection includes burgees from 19 states and 18 countries, and a burgee from the oldest yacht club in the world founded in 1720, the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, County Cork, Ireland.

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[vek- suh - lol - uh -jee] — noun   the study of flags.

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Register of Burgees Collected by SYC

Southern Yacht Club is proud to display the signals of established yacht clubs in recognition of our mutual friendship and common pursuits.  These burgees have been exchanged and collected by the membership during their travels and competitions, as well as, presented by sailors visiting our club.

Are the flags in any particular order?

Generally speaking, there is no particular order.  However, the inner row of flags hanging vertically are the Gulf Yachting Association member clubs and are hung in the order in which they joined the GYA.

Where is the Southern Yacht Club burgee?

Flying at the top of the mast on the North Lawn!  The burgees displayed in the bar serve as a sign of hospitality and respect for our fellow yachtsmen from across the country and around the world.  The SYC burgee may be displayed in the bar during certain events that celebrate the club, itself, such as the Annual Meeting or Commodore's Ball.

Can I add a burgee to the collection?

Absolutely!  All members are encouraged to bring an SYC burgee or two with them on their travels and to make an exchange with any yacht club they may visit.  Also, visitors to SYC may offer to make an exchange at the front desk.  Note that the prefered size for display is 12"x18".

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The Burgee Shoppe is a burgee brokerage that offers low prices for yacht club burgees, flags, insignia, and boating hardware.  The burgee Shoppe is the original online source for burgees since 1999 and they know the burgee industry inside out.  As a burgee broker, we know the best burgee manufacturers in America and obtain the best pricing.  When you employ us as your agent, we work for you to get you the highest quality and lowest price available in the industry.

The Burgee Shoppe started as a hobby in 1998 when Herb Halling, a long time yacht club member and two time National Champion sailboat racer was interested in learning web design.  Herb thought starting a page displaying yacht club burgees would be a good learning exercise.  He thought it would contain about 100 burgees.  Well by the time he was done he had collected over 5000 burgees and everyone was talking about Burgees.com .  It was so popular, clubs starting asking Herb where they can have burgees made.  Which at that time he knew nothing about making burgees.  Eventually a burgee maker contacted him and he started selling their burgees.  Herb learned most there was to learn about making burgees and unfortunately that arrangement went sour and Herb needed to find a different burgee supplier. Things evolved and Herb was soon working with several suppliers including suppliers in both America and China. Today all our burgees are made in America because the quality and technology is is far superior to any made in China.  Herb learned training people over seas was a surprising difficult and time consuming challenge, along with there limitations on their ability to understand what we needed  Today we get a far better quality burgee from American manufacturers and all our burgees are made exclusively by American suppliers using fabric from American textiles.  Made in America lives on.

The Burgee Shoppe was the first burgee broker in the industry and today they are the first to bring you our burgee warehousing program where we maintain an inventory of your burgees and ship them to your members within a couple of days.  They can order burgees from anywhere in the world, enabling them to exchange reciprocal buagees with other clubs while traveling.  Take a look at our warehousing program to see if it is something that meets your needs.

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A yacht club is a sports club specifically related to yachting. Yacht Clubs are mostly located by the sea, although there are some that have been established at a lake or riverside locations. Yacht or sailing clubs have either a marina or a delimited section of the beach or shoreline with buoys marking the areas off-limits for swimmers as well as safe offshore anchorages. On shore they also include a perimeter reserved for the exclusive use of the members of the club as well as a clubhouse with attached bar, café or restaurant where members socialize in a pleasant and informal setting.

Although the terms Yacht Club and Sailing Club tend to be synonymous, some general differences regarding the recreational use of boats can be broadly outlined. Historically a Yacht Club tended to focus on a membership composed of yacht owners, including motorboats. This type of club often was extremely exclusive, attracting the aristocracy or the high class and leaving small boat owners out of the circle. On the other hand, a Sailing Club tended to focus on a membership composed exclusively of owners of sailboats, including smaller boats such as dinghies. These became very popular towards the end of the 19th century when small boats began to be produced on an industrial scale. Now days, many Yacht Clubs offer the same sailing opportunities to their members as Sailing clubs.

Yacht clubs are often known by their initials (e.g. New York Yacht Club abbreviated as NYYC and Kamini Yacht Club abbreviated as KYC). Many well known yacht clubs, including the Yacht Club de France and the Royal Yacht Squadron, have been established under royal patronage or have been granted the title at some point in their history.

Organized and run by the membership, Yacht Clubs became a place to promote the sport of sailboat racing and cruising, as well as provide a meeting place for the particular social community. The membership is a mixture of people with specific recreational affinities. Generally, the members include those who sail as crew for cruising or racing, as well as boat owners. Also it is up to the members to decide on the objectives of the club to satisfy the membership and to attract other like-minded individuals. For example, some clubs include owners of powerboats, while others specifically exclude them. In order to overcome difficulties concerning the affinities of their members one particular club may have two sections, a sailing section and a powerboat section.

Members Clubs often have paid staff for catering, bar duty, boat yard duty, accounts, office etc. Control and organization of the club is done for the membership via members elected by the membership into roles such as Sailing Secretary, Commodore, Cruising Captain, Racing Captain etc. Smaller clubs typically have a condition of membership which requires active participation of the membership in activities such as maintenance of club facilities and equipment.

Unlike the classical clubs where the membership is the focus, certain clubs are run on a commercial basis. They may be owned by individuals or a company to provide a service and generate a profit. Often they are associated with a particular marina or port. Objectives are usually very similar to members clubs but the social side maybe more dominant.

There is a long historical tradition behind yacht clubs. According to the date of establishment, the Neva Yacht Club, founded in 1718 in Russia, is the oldest yacht club. However, since this Russian Yacht Club was established by a decree of Tsar Peter the Great, it does not fully qualify as a proper club in the modern sense, understood as a voluntary association of members who organize and run the club. Therefore, the Royal Cork Yacht Club founded in Ireland in 1720 is also widely acknowledged as the oldest yacht club in the world, despite having gone through periods of dormancy and undergone name changes in its long history, much in the same manner as the Neva Yacht Club. It was only in 1846 that the first yacht club in Russia to adopt British-style Members Club regulations was established. Using this Western understanding of what a club or society is, the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, KSSS, founded 1830, becomes the oldest European yacht club outside the British Isles, and the fifth oldest in the world.

A number of the world's most renowned Yacht Clubs are located in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Canada, and the United States. The first yacht club in North America was the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, located on the Northwest Arm in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada established in July 1837. The most prestigious of them are organized within the International Council of Yacht Clubs.

The Kieler Yacht-Club in Northern Germany organizes the yearly Kiel Week, the biggest sailing event in the world, that is celebrated since 1882.

Racing and Sailing Activities

Most clubs, regardless of the size of their craft, have a well defined racing program. Clubs may host regattas ranging from informal local events to national championships. Often clubs have a regular weekday evening racing schedule or a weekend racing schedule organized by the membership. Many yacht clubs field teams to compete against other clubs in team racing. There are also some specific boat models and lengths which have their own club. These boat ownership clubs often hold single design races for their members; the Islander 36 association is such a club. With the growth of sailing at secondary schools and universities many yacht clubs host Interscholastic Sailing Association or Intercollegiate Sailing Association regattas. Additionally, a number of yacht clubs enter into agreements with schools to provide dock space and practice facilities for the school teams year-round.

Clubs with active adult sailing programs most often feature junior sailing programs as well. Most often these programs enroll children from ages 8 to 16. Children most often learn to sail in the optimist (dinghy) and then progress to a larger single handed dinghy such as starling or laser dinghy or two handed such as 420 (dinghy). These junior sailing programs often also teach children rowing, kayaking, general seamanship and navigation. Children are also taught how to race competitively from an early age and most clubs host junior sailing regattas each season.

Club Burgee

Members belonging to a yacht club or sailing organization may fly their club's unique flag (usually triangular), called a burgee, both while under way and at anchor (however, not while racing). Traditionally, the burgee was flown from the main masthead, however it may also be flown from a small pole on the bow pulpit, or even the starboard rigging beneath the lowest starboard spreader on a flag halyard. Some traditional clubs have also been granted the right to fly a special yacht ensign at the stern.

At traditional clubs the burgee and the ensign is hoisted at 08:00 each morning and lowered each evening at sunset. This ceremony is called colours. Traditionally, the first time a member of one club visits another, there is an exchange of burgees. Exchanged burgees are often displayed on the premises of clubs, such as at their clubhouse or bar.

Organization

Yacht clubs are organized like any other club or organisation with committees, chairman, directors, etc. Due to the connection with the sea and hence the navy, the various posts use naval terminology. For example, the chairman/CEO is the Commodore. Usually, under the Commodore there are also the Vice Commodore (in charge of land-based activities) and the Rear Commodore (in charge of water-based activities); for clubs in the United States they might in turn be assisted by thePort Captain and the Fleet Captain respectively. In a few clubs in the United Kingdom the Admiral, which is one rank above the Commodore, is the senior officer. Each of these ranks has specific responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the club.

Reciprocating Clubs

Reciprocal Agreements between clubs allow members of one club to use the facilities of a reciprocating club at no cost or at a nominal fee such as for electricity. This allows club members to cruise to many destinations without incurring the higher cost of marina moorage, etc.

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  1. Yacht Club Burgees From Around The World Home Page

    While older sailing vessels fly the burgee from the main masthead. Power boats fly their Burgee off a short staff on the bow. Yachtees love "Opening Day" when they get to parade their yachts and fly their Burgees. To Register Your Burgee -- send an email to [email protected] and include your web address, or an image of the burgee.

  2. Burgees of Royal Yacht Clubs

    Founded 1868. Amalgamated the Royal Eastern Yacht Club, founded 1835. Royal Fowey Yacht Club, UK. Founded 1890. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Australia, unded 1896. Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Australia, Founded 1859. Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club, Gibraltar. Royal Gourock Yacht Club, Scotland, UK.

  3. Oldest International Yacht Clubs

    These are the oldest yacht clubs in the world that are not located in the United States. Flotilla of the Neva, Russia, 1718. Royal Cork Yacht Club , Ireland, 1720 Founded as Water Club of Cork. Lough Ree Yacht Club , Ireland, 1770, Founded as Killenure Yacht Club / Athlone Yacht Club. Starcross Yacht Club, UK, 1772.

  4. BURGEES, ENSIGNS, FLAGS and PENNANTS

    On another page, Wikipedia goes on to say, "Members belonging to a yacht club or sailing organization may fly their club's burgee both while underway and at anchor (however, not while racing). Sailing vessels may fly the burgee from the main masthead or from a lanyard under the starboard spreader on the mast.

  5. The Best Way to Display Burgees in a Yacht Club: A Comprehensive Guide

    The three main types of burgees are Club Burgees, Officer Burgees, and Special Event Burgees. Club Burgees. A Club Burgee is a distinctive flag or pennant that represents the yacht club as a whole. It usually features the club's emblem or logo and is the most commonly displayed burgee. The Club Burgee is often flown at the club's main ...

  6. Visiting Yacht Club Burgees

    Newport Yacht Club 110 LONG WHARF NEWPORT, RI 02840 PHONE: 401.846.9410 FAX: 401.849.9060 VHF: CHANNEL 78 EMAIL: [email protected]. The Club. Join Us; Board of Directors; ... Those from other yacht clubs often exchange burgees with us. The images, of burgees both new and well-worn, speak to our city and Club as a welcoming destination ...

  7. Australian Yacht Squadron

    The Australian Yacht Squadron Burgee The burgee was designed by Nigel Abbott, twice world sailing champion and graphic designer. The burgee design features the Commonwealth Star in the corner, the A for Australia and the nautical colours of Royal blue - as per the Oxford Concise Dictionary - red and white.

  8. Culture & Club History

    Club History. It is known that a club called the Mosquito Yacht Club was founded in 1856. On Tuesday, 15th October 1867, an advertisement was placed in The Sydney Morning Herald - "Mosquito Yacht Club - Boatowners wishing to join please meet at McGrath's at 8 tonight.". The advertised meeting duly took place at Punch & McGraths Hotel ...

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  10. Royal Perth Yacht Club

    The Royal Perth Yacht Club (RPYC) is a yacht club in Perth, Western Australia. It is the third oldest yacht club in Australia after the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. It is based at the Crawley Marina on Pelican Point and at the Fremantle Annexe in Challenger Harbour.. Royal Perth Yacht Club is a member of the International Council of Yacht Clubs.

  11. Yacht Club Burgees

    Yacht Club Burgees. On the following pages are the yacht club burgees historically enrolled with the Register. It is generally accepted that any new burgee or change to an enrolled burgee will not be accepted by the Register if it too closely resembles another enrolled burgee. Kindly contact us in the event of changes. A - C. D - L.

  12. Yacht Club Burgees

    Founded 1886. Annisquam Yacht Club, MA, US. Founded 1896. Antigua Yacht Club, Antigua. Antique & Classic Boat Society, US. 2. Yacht Club Burgees beginning with letter A From Around The World including links to the major Yacht Clubs.

  13. Yacht Club Burgees

    Yacht Club Burgees. A burgee is a small flag found on many yachts to indicate a yacht club affiliation. Yacht club burgees may be found in many shapes, but are most commonly either triangular or swallow tail. Most clubs have unique burgees that immediately identify their member's boats. If you are a yacht club member and there's a bit of ...

  14. Burgee & Flag Etiquette

    The ceremony of hoisting the flags at 8.00 am and dousing at sunset is call "making colors". When shorthanded, the national ensign should be hoisted first, followed by the club burgee and the officers flags if they are present at the club (on deck). All officers' flags are hoisted on the same starboard halyard, highest rank on top.

  15. Burgees

    PYC Burgee Collection In their travels across the country and around the world, PYC members exchange and collect burgees from all nature of yacht and sailing clubs. Our collection includes burgees from 19 states and 18 countries, and a burgee from the oldest yacht club in the world founded in 1720, the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, County ...

  16. Burgees Archives

    Burgees. Home > Products > Burgees. Are you a returning Royal Perth Yacht Club member? Click here to login to access member discounts. $ 0.00. 0 items. CART . ... Royal Perth Yacht Club. Australia II Drive, Crawley Western Australia . P +61 8 9389 1555. E [email protected]. View Map. Fremantle Annexe.

  17. SYC Burgee Collection :: About

    Register of Burgees Collected by SYC. Southern Yacht Club is proud to display the signals of established yacht clubs in recognition of our mutual friendship and common pursuits. These burgees have been exchanged and collected by the membership during their travels and competitions, as well as, presented by sailors visiting our club.

  18. YACHT CLUB BURGEES

    [ Burgees.com] Burgee Shoppe 2622 Kempton Drive Los Alamitos, CA 90720 562 252-6004 (afternoons) 562 588-3086 until April 2, 2019

  19. International Burgee Registry

    The International Burgee Registry publishes yacht club burgees as a free service to the yacht clubs to help protect their copyright to their burgee. By displaying their burgee here, they reduce the possibility of other organizations adopting their design. Along these lines, we recommend yacht clubs display the following image on their web sites.

  20. About the Burgee Shoppe

    About Burgee Shoppe. The Burgee Shoppe is a burgee brokerage that offers low prices for yacht club burgees, flags, insignia, and boating hardware. The burgee Shoppe is the original online source for burgees since 1999 and they know the burgee industry inside out. As a burgee broker, we know the best burgee manufacturers in America and obtain ...

  21. Burgee

    Britannia Yacht Club Ottawa, Ontario- Britannia Power & Sail Squadron burgee Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, Ontario clubhouse tour, burgee, and wind gauge ... burgee for the Multnomah Channel Yacht Club in Scappoose, Oregon, USA burgee of New York Yacht Club Poughkeepsie Yacht Club Burgee Burgee of Vanderbilt Sailing Club

  22. Larchmont Yacht Club Store

    We Want to Hear from our Members. Looking for something special? Feedback on the new Club Store? Please send us an email at [email protected]. Larchmont Yacht Club Store where Members can purchase various LYC merchandise.

  23. Yacht Clubs & Sailing Clubs: Idaho, USA

    A yacht club is a sports club specifically related to yachting. Yacht Clubs are mostly located by the sea, although there are some that have been established at a lake or riverside locations. Yacht or sailing clubs have either a marina or a delimited section of the beach or shoreline with buoys marking the areas off-limits for swimmers as well ...