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Solent Yacht Club (United Kingdom)

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Club Burgee

[Solent Yacht Club] image located by Peter Edwards, 5 December 2018

Estb: 1878. Location: Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.
Burgee: 5:9 (print image). Blue field charged with the yellow capital letters C and R either side of a yellow three-masted galley on green waves.
Source: Lloyd's Register of Yachts. London, 1880.

"First formed by a dozen well-connected enthusiasts in the summer of 1878 to promote both their passion for yachting and the social graces surrounding it, the original headquarters of the Solent Yacht Club was in the George Hotel, Yarmouth. . . . Early members included the Marquis of Londonderry (the first Commodore), Prince Henry of Battenburg (husband to Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, Beatrice, who became a regular visitor to the club) and Hallam Tennyson (Lord Alfred’s son) but the key contribution came from Sir Charles Seely of Brook (Commodore for 12 years) who bought the current site besides Yarmouth Pier and provided the purpose-built Clubhouse (in return for annual rent) which opened in 1898 for the Club’s 20th anniversary. Such connections may have expedited the granting of the right to the Blue Ensign for SYC members in 1902, . . . Again in the 2nd World War, with the Isle of Wight and the Solent the centre of much military activity, the Solent Yacht Club had to abandon all sailing. If at first it proved to be a popular social centre in dark days for members and local off-duty officers, that ended when the ARP requisitioned the club for the rest of the war. With peace came the immediate revival of full club life and two memorable events: first, the amalgamation with the local West Wight Sailing Club in 1946, and then the granting of the ‘Royal’ prefix by George VI in 1947 to become the Royal Solent Yacht Club.
Source: accessed 1 December 2018,

"I have asked a number of people at the club and been back through some of the clubs history, but have been unable to find an answer for you.” [re. requested explanation of the letters C and R].
Source: Lucy Case, Events Manager, RSYC, email 3 December 2018.
Peter Edwards, 4 December 2018

Lloyd's 1902 shows a red pennant, the Galley of Yarmouth and its sea in yellow.
Lloyd's 1912 shows the same, but the field blue. (And a Blue Ensign.)
Lloyd's 1961 shows the same, but with a tiny crown over the main mast. (And entitled to fly a Blue Ensign.)
Current website shows the Imperial crown more prominently.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 24 February 2019