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Ranelagh Yacht Club (United Kingdom)

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[Ranelagh Yacht Club] image located by David Prothero, 5 February 2015

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Flag of Ranelagh Yacht Club

Ranelagh Yacht Club, Chelsea, London.
Listed in ‘Flags and Signals of All Nations’ by Hounsell Brothers; c1873. Blue Ensign defaced R Y C in white. Same on blue burgee.
David Prothero, 5 February 2015

The ensign was almost certainly unauthorised, if it ever existed. The burgee was correct, and perhaps the ensign was a club-house flag. The club was formed some time after 1856, raced on the Thames between Battersea and Putney, but was defunct before 1889, when Ranelagh Sailing Club was formed, although the International Burgee Registry says that the yacht club merged with the sailing club.

There is an existing Ranelagh Yacht Club in Mount Eliza, Melbourne, Australia.
David Prothero, 11 February 2015

It doesn't actually say that the Yacht Club was defunct at that time (1889), just that several of its members joined the sailing club.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 May 2015

You are probably right. That it was called the Ranelagh Sailing Club, rather than the Ranelagh Yacht Club, does suggest that the latter may still have been in existence.
David Prothero, 15 May 2015