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Royal Naval Sailing Association (United Kingdom)

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[Royal Naval Sailing Association] image by Clay Moss, 1 March 2008

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Flag of Royal Naval Sailing Association

The Royal Naval Sailing Association have their web site at Their pages show their burgee as a logo.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 11 April 2013


[Royal Naval Sailing Association] image by Clay Moss, 21 September 2008

For the Royal Australian Naval Sailing Association, we include the remark: "The RANSA burgee is exactly the same as its British counterpart: white, red St. George's Cross, blue naval crown in the middle."
And we have David Prothero reporting on 22 January 2008:
"1936. First ensign for an Association as opposed to a Club: Royal Naval Sailing Association, Blue Ensign."

The logo on the website is indeed close to that shown at Royal Australian Naval Sailing Association. The crown may be slightly larger, and the edges of its white background may run slightly differently, but that's about it.
Photographs showing several, not quite equal, burgees can be found at:

At is an image of what appears to be the Rear Commodore flag:
It has a smaller crown, maybe 1/3rd of the hoist in height, and has a red ball centred on each of the hoist quarters. This suggests that the Vice-Commodore will have the same with just the one ball in the top hoist quarter. I wonder whether the Commodore too will have the smaller crown. I also wonder, since the club lists an Admiral as their first flag officer, whether there's an Admiral's flag.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 11 April 2013

Some sources for these flags:

Where last time I encountered an image of a Rear Commodore flag, this time, I encountered photographs of what appears to be the Commodore's flag:
Indeed, it's the swallow-tail without any balls. Again, the crown might be a bit smaller than on a regular burgee. Additionally, there's a version with laurels, probably also in a dark blue, around the crown., possibly for the life flag officers occasionally mentioned on the site.

On Ebay is currently a clipping for sale from 1936, telling us that the burgee of the RNSA, which was designed by Commander Harry Vanderwell, RNVR, was approved by the Admiralty. The accompanying picture shows the design, with the crown, showing more detail than on the current burgee, including shadows to give the impression of 3D:
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 March 2019