This page is part of © FOTW Flags Of The World website

Clearwater Yacht Club (U.S.)


Last modified: 2019-04-13 by rick wyatt
Keywords: clearwater yacht club | united states yacht club | florida |
Links: FOTW homepage | search | disclaimer and copyright | write us | mirrors

[Clearwater Yacht Club] image by Rob Raeside, 27 March 2019

See also:

Clearwater Yacht Club

Estb: 1911. Location: 830 Bayway Blvd., Clearwater.
Burgee: Pennant 2:3 (web image). Blue field charged with a red isosceles triangle based on hoist (sides 1 unit) with white fimbriation carried from apex to fly point forming a pall.
Source: accessed 12 March 2019,

"It all started at a New Year’s Eve party at the imposing winter home of Col. Lowe Emerson on Bayfront in 1910. . . The Charter and by-laws were officially registered on 14th of February 1911, and the 28 wealthy winter resident members met at each other’s homes for the next two or more years, until by default the fledgling Clearwater Yacht Club fell into inactivity. Young men came back from the great war in 1919 to a Clearwater with little to satifsy (sic) their boundless energies. By then the town had paved brick roads running down to a wide, long dock, at the end of which was a building with a pavilion atop, which was to become the new Clearwater Yacht Club clubhouse that year with a totally new group of members.
Throughout the years, Clearwater Yacht Club has never lost sight of a fundamental objective enshrined in its by-laws, “the promotion of sailing”. In 1977 the Kahlua Cup was founded, becoming the first major “big boat regatta” to be organized and hosted by Clearwater Yacht Club on an annual basis. J24 Regattas attracted much attention, producing some highly competitive sailing. The long distance race from Clearwater to Key West, sailed every May, became highly esteemed and universally popular. In 1988 the Optimist Youth Sailing Program was introduced , and in just ten years Clearwater Yacht Club has become one of the best known clubs on the United States circuit, not least a the result of a young Clearwater Yacht Club sailor winning a place in the US Tea[m] of five to contest the Worlds in Portugal in 1990.”
Source: accessed 12 March 2019,
Peter Edwards, 25 March 2019

As I read it, that would mean a very flat hoist triangle, as it's only the width of the white fimbriation that keeps it from being entirely flat. Neither the source image nor the sent image match that. It does seem correct, though; see for example, which has a rather flat triangle and rather wide fimbriation.

So, I checked the club's rules, which has a, somewhat misspelt, reference to the burgee:

Effective November 11, 1993

Flags, Signals, Uniforms
10.1 The Club Burgee shall be a triangular pennant with a royal blue filed upon which is superimposed on a napthol red triangle at the hoist, the red triangle being bordered by a white band on the short sides which band extends towards the tip through the center of the blue field and terminates in a point just short of the apex of the pennant. ..."

It tells us what the colours are supposed to be, but makes no reference to a red isosceles triangle, nor does it give a ratio for the sides.

The CYC does use officers' flags, of the style common in the US, but the only use they get appears to be the ceremony for installing new officers.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 March 2019