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Segelclub Brienzersee

[Pennant of the Segelclub Brienzersee ]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 November 2013

 The burgee of the Segelclub Brienzersee can be found as a large scale drawing on the pages of the club's websites, and It's a blue triangular burgee, 4:7, with a narrow yellow border and an even more narrow flywise yellow centre line, the latter interrupted by a blue disk fimbriated yellow bearing a yellow emblem. The emblem consists of the letters "scb", forming the body of a sailing boat, with the "b" forming the mast, with on it a sail, and the bow, and the "s" forming the stern, from which the lower line continues as the boat's wake.

Segelclub Brienzersee (SCB), Lake Brienz Sailing Club, is a sailing club that probably has Lake Brienz as its home waters, and as the entire lake is in Canton Bern, I expect the club is in that canton as well. The club's webpages are very short on general information.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 November 2013

Segel Club Cham

[Pennant of the Segel Club Cham]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 21 October 2013

A photograph of the burgee of the Segel Club Cham can be seen in the club's shop,, and the site includes various graphics as well. The club's statutes ( describe it as:
"Farben § 4
Die Farben des SCC sind: blauer Wappenmantel mit rotem Balken und einem weissen fünfzackigen Stern im ersten Drittel der Basis."
Something like:
(Colours $ 4
The colours of the SCC are: Blue coat with red stripe an a white five-pointed star in the first third of the base.)

I can't match "in the first third of the base" with any of the images, so I've mostly followed the photograph instead. I made it a triangular 3:5 blue burgee with a lengthwise red stripe, with over all a white five-pointed star, pointing towards the hoist. I used a stripe, 1/6th the height of the hoist in width, and a star constructed within a circle half the height of the flag in diameter. I placed the star with its centre half the height of the hoist from the hoist. As a logo, the burgee is also used with an upright star.

The description in the statutes might tell us more, if understood correctly. It might be that the intention is that the star is much closer to the hoist, but an older illustration would be needed to verify that.

The Segel Club Cham (SCC), Cham Sailing Club, started its life as the Cham Group of the Segelgilde Zugersee, the latter having been founded in 1942 in Cham and the two groups having been formed in 1943. As the groups grew larger, in 1947 they became independent. Thus 22 March 1947 the Segel Club Cham came into existence. The club has always been located at Cham, in the northwest corner of Lake Zug. The SCC aims for sailors to actively sail their boats. For this they educate young and old, and since moorings are limited the club also encourages joint use of boats.

Their predecessor, the Segelgilde Zugersee, had a burgee as well. It may be this was the burgee used today by the Segel Club Cham, but so far I've not heard from either club to confirm or deny that. I've not been able to find other information on the SGZ so far either. Considering the burgees of the two clubs, it would seem likely that the burgee of the SGZ contained a five-pointed star.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 21 October 2013

Segel-Club Enge

[Pennant of the Segel-Club Enge]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 26 September 2013

The burgee of Segel-Club Enge can be found as drawings at several pages of the club website, like and A photograph can be found in the club shop: As all these differ, I've tried to find a middle ground: A triangular 3:5 blue field with a red and yellow lying T, with the width of the arms of the T being 1/3rd of the length of the hoist, and the yellow making up the centre half of each arm. What the meaning of these yellow crossing lines fimbriated red on a blue field is, I don't know, but at least three other clubs on the Zürichsee have such a design. The burgee was designed by Walter Frey, and probably adopted on 9 April 1937 as the club was founded.

A text on the 75 year jubilee ( shows quite a different flag as club house flag. It's a high flag, at least 5:1, white, with at the top a depiction of the burgee, and along the fly edge "SCE Segel-club Enge" in sans all caps, the first three letters black and almost half as high as the flag is deep, the rest in smaller grey letters.

The Segel-Club Enge (SCE) is, as the name indicates, located in Enge, on the west coast of the Zürichsee. In the Spring 1937 almost all sailing members of the Segel-und Motorbootclub Zürich left that club because they felt the club was obstructing them. On 9 April 1937 22 members founded the Segelclub Enge. The membership has since grown to more than 400, making the SCE one of the larger clubs in Switzerland.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 26 September 2013

Segel Club Männedorf

[Pennant of the Segel Club Männedorf]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 21 September 2013

In the first year of the existence of Segel Club Männedorf, the club's burgee was designed by W. Pfister jr.. No formal adoption is mentioned, but the burgee is described in the statutes. It's shown as a graphic on the club website (, is visible on a photograph (, and is in use as a logo on the club documents ( The burgee is a triangular 2:3 flag, with 9 black and yellow tapering stripes, the outer ones half the width of the others, charged with a counter-changed silhouette of a main sail and spinnaker.

According to the statutes:
"15. Stander Der Clubstander des SCMd ist in den Gemeindefarben gelb und schwarz gehalten, in dem gelbe und schwarze Streifen alternierend in der Spitze des Standers zusammenlaufen. Durch Versetzen der Streifen entsteht das Bild eines stilisierten Grosssegels mit Spinnaker."
(15. Burgee The club burgee of the SCMd was kept in the Municipal colours, by having alternating yellow and black stripes converge in the tip of the burgee. Through displacement of the stripes an image of a stylised main sail and spinnaker emerges.)

Segel Club Männedorf (SCMd) is located in Männedorf, directly on the water. This places it more or less in the middle of the Zürichsee, with an superb view of the lake. The club was founded on 24 May 1973, with the obvious intention to take part in competitive sailing. Currently it has approximately 350 members, and competitive sailing is still a large part of the club's activity. (No reason is given for the unusual "Segel Club", rather than "Segelclub".)
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 21 September 2013

Segelclub Neuhaus-Interlaken

[Pennant of the Segelclub Neuhaus-Interlaken]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 November 2013

The burgee of Segelclub Neuhaus-Interlaken is only visible as graphics on their website,, where it is drawn as a 3:5 triangle with a yellow field with a wide blue border around it, and over both shaped black letters "SCNI", and around the entire design a narrow yellow border. There are, however, slight variations between the drawings.

Segelclub Neuhaus-Interlaken (SCNI), Neuhaus-Interlaken Sailing Club, is located in Interlaken though at Neuhaus, which is on the Lake Thun shore. The club was founded 27 April 1972, and makes a point of not targeting a specific type of member, other than people who enjoy sailing.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 November 2013

Segelclub Oberer Zürichsee

[Pennant of the Segelclub Oberer Zürichsee]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 October 2013

A graphic of the burgee of the Segelclub Oberer Zürichsee can be found on the pages of the club's website. A photograph of it can be seen in a list of Zürichsee-Segelverbandes (1976) burgees ( Apparently it's a 3:5 triangle, with a white sail-like shape separating the red upper hoist from the blue field. At the foot of the shape a yellow circle.

André Cemin, president of the SCOZ, let me know that 'The flag shows you the "view from the top of the mast" (Yellow dot) dawn on the foresail (jib-white) to the water (blue). The red partition on the top left together with the white sail also resembles the official colors of the Swiss National Flag as well as the colors of the Swiss district (Kanton) where the SCOZ is home based.' (The canton being Schwyz itself.)

The burgee was designed in 1974 by Hans Uster, one of the founders of the SCOZ.

The Segelclub Oberer Zürichsee Name (SCOZ) was founded in 1974. The club has the Obersee as its home waters, and the Yachthafen Kiebitz in Nuolen, in Wangen commune, as its home harbour. Primarily the club members sail recreational on the lake's waters, but they also sail competitive, there and elsewhere in Switzerland, and a growing number also sail the seas.

Other flags:
- Harbour feast photographs show a KIBAG pennant, whatever that is.
- At I encountered a mention that the club's rescue boats are marked with an orange flag. I don't know whether this is club-specific or general for all of Switzerland, though.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 October 2013

Segelclub Pfäffikon SZ

[Pennant of the Segelclub Pfäffikon SZ]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 16 October 2013

With the help of Cornelia Kegele of the SCPF I was able to put together the following report:
A drawing of the Segelclub Pfäffikon SZ burgee at good resolution can be found at the club website at, though I could not find the page it is linked from. It's an approximately 3:7 triangular blue field with a yellow off-set cross fimbriated red.

The Segelclub Pfäffikon SZ (SCPF) was founded on 24 October 1963. The burgee was created shortly after the foundation of the club. The members of the Segler-Vereinigung Thalwil protested against the design, however, as their burgee already had a blue field with a cross and crossing yellow stripes fimbriated red. However, the SCPF decided to keep the design as it was.

The club's home-town is Pfäffikon in Freienbach next to the Seedamm. The SCDF club house is in the former brickworks, and the club built itself a harbour on the south shore of the Zürichsee. There, a club flag flies from a flag mast on the pier, with the same design as the burgee as that's the only flag design the club uses. The SCPF currently has about a hundred members.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 16 October 2013

Segelclub Schloss Greifensee

[Pennant of the Segelclub Schloss Greifensee]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 October 2013

The burgee of the Segelclub Schloss Greifensee can be found on the front page of the club website, A photograph
of it can be seen in a list of Zürichsee-Segelverbandes (1976) burgees ( Though these don't match precisely, it appears to be a 3:5 triangular yellow field with a red tricross, with arms with a width of 1/5th the length of the hoist. A graphic where the burgee bears the letters SCSG can be found on a website page as well. Until I learn otherwise, I'll assume this is only a graphic, whatever the purpose of adding lettering to the burgee may be.

The colours of the burgee are those of the community Greifensee.

Segelclub Schloss Greifensee (SCSG) was founded on 14 May 1949, by a group of only 5 charter members. It has grown to a club of more than 200 members. Greifensee is the club's home, and the lake of the same name are its home waters. The club is proud of its national, European and world championship medal-winners, but stresses that recreational sailing is as important as competitive sailing. The SCSG also stresses fellowship and teaching youth. Exactly why the club is named after Greifensee Castle, is not mentioned on their website.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 October 2013

Segelclub Sihlsee

[Pennant of the Segelclub Schloss Greifensee]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 31 October 2013

The burgee of the Segelclub Sihlsee is only visible as a logo on the club's website and documents ( It's a blue triangle of approximately 5:8, with a charge in white. The charge looks like three images of film, but I would not know why such a charge would be on a burgee, so I expect it's something else.

Segelclub Sihlsee (SCS), Sihlsee Sailing Club, is located in Einsiedeln. Its home water is the Sihlsee, Switzerland's largest artificial lake. It may be that the character of the lake means that cruising is not very interesting, but in any case the club seems to focus an competitive sailing and training children and youngsters.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 31 October 2013

Segelclub vom Greifensee

[Pennant of the Segelclub vom Greifensee]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 October 2013

The burgee of the Segelclub vom Greifensee can be seen as a graphic on, among other places, the front page of the club, and as a photograph in a list of Zürichsee-Segelverbandes (1976) burgees ( Following the photograph, I'd say it's a blue triangular flag in a ratio of 6:11, with a white line with a width of slightly more than 1/11th of the length of the hoist through the middle. Parallel to it, above it, the last one slightly overlapping it, five stripes of the same width, red and white, so long that the top stripe is cut diagonally by the flag's edge.

Exact design: No formal description found. Though the photograph shows overlapping, it may be that this is not part of the design. Also, the ratio may in reality be different.
Meaning: The five red over white stripes obviously come from the municipal flag of Uster.

It took the people of Uster a while to realise that the Greifensee could be used for sailing. After the Segelclub vom Greifensee (SCvG) was founded in 1943, their next problem was to convince the rest of Switzerland that sailing on such a puddle was indeed possible. Where in the first year, regattas were sailed with shore start, in the years since then it turned out that the puddle could even be used to organise Swiss Championships on. Nowadays the club supports both recreational and competitive sailing, even if they are justifiably proud of the club members who sail competitively in the Olympic Games.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 October 2013

Segelclub Wendelsee

[Pennant of the Segelclub Wendelsee]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 18 October 2013

[Pennant of the Segelclub Wendelsee]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 24 October 2013

 The burgee of Segelclub Wendelsee can be found as a logo on the club website,, and the documents on it. It's a triangular flag with a black hoist and red fly, the two separated with a shaped W the two outer tips of which form the hoist corners. Presumably the W stands for "Wendelsee". The logos do not all show the exact same design, though, differing in the style of W used, and in the ratio. As I could not find specifications or a photograph, I settled on an average 2:3 burgee, showing one with a W with an sharp inner point and one with a blunt inner tip.

Counter to what the name suggests, the home water of Segelclub Wendelsee, Lake Wendel Sailing Club, is not Lake Wendel, as the club is not old enough for that. "Lake Wendel" was, more than a millennium ago, the name for the combination of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun before the lakes were separated, and may have remained the old name for Lake Thun for a number of centuries afterwards. Segelclub Wendelsee (SCWe) was founded 15 May 1975. Their home water is the lake now named "Lake Thun", where they strive to further both the activeness and cosiness aspects of sailing. As their clubhouse is in the boat house of Ruderclub Thun, the location of the SCWe must be Thun, though they don't seem to mention it anywhere.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 24 October 2013

Segel- und Yachtclub Herrliberg

[Pennant of the Segel- und Yachtclub Herrliberg] [Pennant of the Segel- und Yachtclub Herrliberg]images by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 18 October 2013

The burgee of Segel- und Yachtclub Herrliberg can be seen as a graphic on the pages of the club's website, where it appears to be 2:3. A photograph of an actual burgee in the club shop, however, shows that it really has a 3:4 ratio. It's a triangular blue field with three yellow wavy lines of two waves. Though the charges are probably indeed meant as waves, they may refer to the three yokes in the municipal flag.

There is a flag for the club house. The terrain rules even require the members to hoist it on longer stays. This might be the flag that we see hanging in the tent during the 40 year celebration. It is similar to the burgee, but 3:5 and with more massive charges.

Segel- und Yachtclub Herrliberg (SYH), Herrliberg Sail and Yacht Club, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013, so they were probably founded in 1973. The club is apparently located in Herrliberg on the east coast of Lake Zurich, though I could find no mention of their location on their current website. Apparently they target the local population, who would know where to find them. To these, the club is "more than sailing", according to their tag.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 18 October 2013

Segel- und Motorbootclub Glarnerland und Walensee

[Pennant of the Segel- und Yachtclub Wollishofen]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg,  November 2013

A graphic on the website of the Segel- und Motorbootclub Glarnerland und Walensee,, shows a waving and rippling burgee. It's a 4:7 red over black over red, 3:4:3 burgee with tapering stripes. Spanning the black is a white compass star, its centre 1/4th of the length of the hoist away from the hoist.

[Pennant of the Segel- und Yachtclub Wollishofen]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg,  November 2013

The Dumpy Pocket Book of Sailing Dinghies and Yachts [ele60?], shows a similar design, but with a larger star, extending some length into the red. This is also how the SMCGM burgee logo is depicted on at least one shared document on the SCOW website, e.g. What seems to be a more recent document,, shows the logo as it is currently visible on the SMCGW website. It may be the burgee, or at least the flagoid, changed recently to a smaller star version.

Segel- und Motorbootclub Glarnerland und Walensee (SMC GW), Glanerland and Lake Walen Sailing and Motor Boat Club, was founded in 1955. Though originally harboured in Weesen itself on the lower, west end of Lake Walen, over time it transferred to a harbour a kilometre to the south-east. Appropriately, this has moved the club across the canton border into canton Glarus. The club has developed the harbour further, and now offers its members space for both yachts and motor boats.

As the two clubs share the Walensee, the SMC GW organises activities together with the SCOW.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg
,  November 2013

Segel- und Yachtclub Wollishofen

[Pennant of the Segel- und Yachtclub Wollishofen]image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 September 2013

The statutes of the Segel- und Yachtclub Wollishofen correctly refer to the often-overlooked point that boats should do their burgee justice: The board can refuse a poorly maintained ship the right to fly the burgee.

The statutes do not, on the other hand, tell us what that burgee looks like. The drawing that is used as a logo on the web site (, however, is a yellow triangular field with a black lying T that doesn't reach the hoist. Assuming that the arms are supposed to be equally wide, the flag would have to be approximately 1:2. I couldn't find any other details regarding the burgee, except that maybe the club had different burgees to go with the different names.

Segel- und Yachtclub Wollishofen (SYCW) was founded on 7 January 1948, for the purpose of fellowship and providing winter storage for the boats. Originally, the club was named "Pirat" (Pirate). A mention is made of a "Piraten-Abzeichen" (pirate badge), but I don't know whether that would mean an actual badge, and a burgee showing it. As the name of the club was not understood in the spirit it was chosen in, the club in 1951 changed their name: First to "Neuer Segelclub Zürich", and when the Zürcher Segelclub immediately took legal action against that choice, secondly to "Segel- und Motorbootclub“, as there were some motorboats in the club as well. Their website doesn't say whether that was just "Segel- und Motorbootclub" or rather "Segel- und Motorbootclub Zürich". If the latter, that means the club that of that name that the SCE split off from in 1937 must have ended its existence before then.

Later members began moving their boats to the new harbour in Wollishofen on the west shore of the Zürichsee, and as the "Motorboot" part of their name harmed their image of a sailing club, as their fourth name the club picked "Segel- und Yachtclub Wollishofen". On their website, the club also writes the name as "Segel und Yacht Club Wollishofen". The club may have had earlier burgees that went with the earlier names. Apart from the mention of a "Piraten-Abzeichen", the WVR have a burgee in their club house looking like a yellow burgee with a black lying T on it with on the T the letters SMCZ and what looks like a fouled anchor ( Is this burgee from the "Segel- und Motorbootclub" era, I wonder?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 September 2013