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Poole Harbour Yacht Club (United Kingdom)

Last modified: 2014-10-11 by rob raeside
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[Poole Harbour Yacht Club] image by Clay Moss, 23 June 2014

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Flag of the Club

A blue ensign with the club badge.


[Poole Harbour Yacht Club] image by Clay Moss, 23 June 2014

History of the club

The Poole Harbour Yacht Club was formed in 1938, and granted a defaced Blue Ensign in 1950. The entry in Colours of the Fleet has, “There is currently some debate as to the continued entitlement of the Poole Harbour Yacht Club to qualify for its ensign because of recent constitutional changes in the management of the club.” It was still in the latest Navy List that I have seen (2009).
David Prothero, 22 August 2014

From the Internet in general, and more or less from the club, I'd say that Poole Harbour Yacht Club was founded in 1949. There are references to the club being used in WWII, but tracing these seems to always lead to The Harbour Club and Hotel, indeed also located at the Salterns, and by now swallowed by the Marina, I think. Somewhere in the 1980s, the club changed into a company, Poole Harbour Yacht Club Ltd. As far as I can tell the company leased all the berths of the Salterns Marina, while claiming not to be the same entity.

In 2014 The Salterns Marina "relaunched" the Poole Harbour Yacht Club to give their berth holders additional benefits. I can't help but wonder why they can't give those berth holders those benefits on account of them being berth holders, but that's probably just me, who could buy a boat from the rate for one year at Salterns. More importantly: What happened to the club that existed before that re-launch? (
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 22 August 2014

The website is wrong. Poole Harbour Yacht Club sought permission to have a particular design on their burgee. The Home Office thought that the design could be mistaken for a royal crown, and permission was refused in a letter dated 10 May 1938. [National Archives HO 144/21127] Perhaps 1949 was when the club re-opened after being closed during the war?
David Prothero, 27 August 2014