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[California Yacht Club] image by Ivan Sache, 29 July 2006

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California Yacht Club

California Yacht Club (CYC) was started in 1922 in Los Angeles harbor by a group of dedicated yachtsman, most from Los Angeles Athletic Club. On 1 October 1966, the CYC moved to its new clubhouse located at the head of Marina del Rey's main channel. Current membership is 1,250. Several CYC and Los Angeles Athletic Club members were most influential in bringing the 1932 Olympics to Los Angeles. At the Games themselves, Paul Hiller was General Chairman for Olympic yacht racing events, CYC Commodore A. N. Kemp organized the financing, and Owen Churchill won America's first Olympic gold medal in his eight meter "Angelita". In 1984, Olympic Chief Peter Ueberroth purchased the now nearly half-century old "Angelita" with his own funds, restored this historic vessel and dedicated it to Owen at CYC's Marina del Rey clubhouse as the official yacht of the '84 Olympics. In 1984, Rod Davis was an Olympic Gold Medal winner in the Soling Class. 1988 saw Hal Haenel awarded an Olympic Silver Medal in the Star Boat Competition, and in the 1992 Barcelona Games bring home the Gold Medal. J.J. Isler garnered a Bronze Medal at Barcelona in the Women's 470 and repeated with a Silver Medal in Australia's 2000 Olympics. Peter Isler, Bill Peterson, Rod Davis and Kimo Worthington were mainstays of the 1987 Americas Cup Challenge with the first two being members of the victorious "Sail America" Syndicate.

The burgee of CYC is blue with a white chevron.
Source: CYC website.
Ivan Sache, 29 July 2006

19th Century burgee

[California Yacht Club] image by Rob Raeside, 29 June 2019

Estb: 1895? Location: Oakland?
Burgee: Pennant circa 4:8 (print image). Red field charged with a blue star (facing up) over a white star (facing down), centred 2 units from hoist.
Note: No website located.
Source: Lloyd’s Register of American Yachts. New York, 1903.
Peter Edwards, 28 June 2019

Lloyd's, 1906 has it as: Organized 1893, incorporated 1902. Location at that time was Oakland.

1903-1908, Lloyd's has the blue star pointing up; 1912-1917 it has the blue star pointing hoistward. I would say that when printed correctly, the white star would turn out to be constructed from the points of the blue star.

It would seem that the club did not survive the war. This is not the club of 1922 of the same name.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 29 June 2019