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Abbey Sailing Club (United Kingdom)

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[Abbey Sailing Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 October 2011

Quoting the Abbey Sailing Club website:
"The Abbey Sailing Club is a small family-centred club situated on the banks of the river Thames on the southern outskirts of Abingdon-on-Thames. Formed in 1933 by the townsfolk of Abingdon, the Club has been regularly sailing on the Thames since that date."

The burgee of the Abbey Sailing Club, as shown graphically on the club website, is horizontally divided light green-yellow.
Ivan Sache, 30 November 2008

Mick Jones, secretary of the Abbey Sailing Club has been helping me find more information on the Abbey Sailing Club. He provided me with a copy of the minutes of the inaugural meeting of the club, on 12 September 1933. Regarding the burgee they read:

Burgee. Burgee to be pennant shaped - 10" long
Green & Yellow, halved; green on top
Prop. W. B. Coxeter carried unanimously
Sec. Cyril Coxeter

A drawing shows a horizontally divided burgee in ratio 1:2.

Mick Jones writes that, counter to the minutes, while the burgees are indeed pennant-shape and in proportion, they are nowadays not in any given length. The colours are those of Abingdon Town.

Earlier in the same minutes, the Coxeters proposed the name of the club, following an earlier proposal that looks like "Abingdon's Abbey SC". Mick Jones added that Abingdon is well known for its abbey, and he thinks that is where the name came from.

At the club, the red ensign is flown, accompanied by the burgee of the Abbey Sailing Club in its usual proportions.

Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 October 2011