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Carlingford Lough Yacht Club, Northern Ireland

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[Flag of the United Kingdom] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 October 2011

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Carlingford Lough Yacht Club

The Carlingford Lough Yacht Club is situated at Killowen Point between Belfast, N. Ireland (UK) and Dublin (Ireland), in fact right on the border. The club’s website is at No history is found there, all the same the site gives a good overview of the various boat classes, trainings, competitions, outings, and social gatherings.

Quote: “Among [the] many activities are dinghy sailing with exciting club racing and periodic hosting of dinghy class championship events. The cruiser section enjoys cruising and racing, and is thriving in popularity and competitiveness. The club is an RYA-approved training establishment offering a comprehensive range of courses from Sailing to Rescue Boat and Navigation courses.”

The photo gallery (2007 pictures) shows a rectangular flag with a Viking ship, flying a black pennant, sailing towards the hoist.
Jan Mertens, 2 May 2010

 For lack of a history page at their website,, we don't have a founding date for the club. I'm not the first to note, though, that the Previous Commodores page goes back to Bill Harris, 1959. Various yacht clubs lists give 1958 as its founding year (though they are mostly copies of the same text). The photograph page doesn't say what we're seeing, so no information to report there. Then again, it might be the fly isn't so much hiding behind itself, as cut away, with this being a swallow-tailed commodore's flag. Of course, that would be on the assumption that the CLYC uses one or more officer's flag, which is something we don't know either.

The long ship probably is a reference to the Vikings having occupied Carlingford Lough in the past. The orange and black? I could do some guesses about more recent history, but basically I have no idea.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 October 2011

It seems to me that the ship is placed in the centre of the flag, so no swallowtail - perhaps the fraying is indirect proof. But indeed we may not be quite sure, I can only say that I did not spot a clear-cut one (pun intended).
Jan Mertens, 23 October 2011


[Flag of the United Kingdom] image by Jan Mertens, 2 May 2010

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The burgee is orange with a black Viking long ship in full sail. It can be seen on the club website at
Located by Jan Mertens, 30 March 2010