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Manhattan Island Yacht Club (U.S.)

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[Manhattan Island Yacht Club]
"Lapel Pin" design
image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg,
12 November 2013
    [Manhattan Island Yacht Club]
"Lloyd's 1906" design
image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg,
12 November 2013

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The burgee for the Manhattan Island Yacht Club is shown in Lloyd's Register of American Yachts 1906 is similar to the pin. The photo of the lapel pin shows a triangular burgee, approximately 3:5, with a white hoist triangle with an apex of 80 degrees, then a blue chevron of a similar depth, and the rest of the flag red; a white five-pointed star pointing upwards on the apex of the blue, and a blue one of the same size in the hoist triangle.

LRoAY 1906 shows a similar design, though in its standard 2.3, but the apex is 90 degrees here, and the division between the blue and the red is straight.

Checking the Internet, we find that the New York Times of 12 June 1905 describes the MIYC as a "new club", and reported the results of the club's first annual regatta, the day before. The club house dock, the article mentions, was on the Hudson River, at One Hundred and Twenty Second Street. Indeed, the LRoAY 1905-1906 doesn't not yet list the club, so it must have been quite new when they organised their first regatta. On 11 September of that year, the NYT report the results of the club's annual Fall Regatta; apparently the club focused on competitive sailing.

On 9 August 1908, we see the NYT reporting them as one of the clubs protesting against the threatened expulsion from the public parks on the river front. It would appear this was successful, as 17 May 1915 the NYT still report the club as located at the foot of 172nd street, and also still organising regattas.

After that, there are no further mentions of the MIYC, and indeed the LRoAY 1917 does not show a burgee for them.

Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 November 2013