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Crosshaven Yacht Club, Ireland

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[Crosshaven Yacht Club burgee] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 June 2011

Part II of the 1928 German Flaggenbuch shows the burgee of ‘Crosshaven Yacht Club’ of Crosshaven (Cork), Ireland on p. 103, still among the British Empire burgees. I could not find anything substantial on this club so for the moment a description will have to do: red field with a white trefoil near the hoist bearing green initials from left to right, “C.”, “Y.”, and “C.”.
Jan Mertens, 29 May 2011

The few items on Google which link to "Crosshaven Yacht Club" describe the club as the oldest in the world, and one or two talk of the "Royal Crosshaven Yacht Club". The oldest yacht club in the world is the Royal Cork Yacht Club, based at Crosshaven, founded in 1720, which has been known by its current name since 1831, having previously been called the Cork Harbour Water Club. It would seem quite possible from that that the Crosshaven Club was merged into the Royal Cork club at some time, possibly when the RCYC moved to Crosshaven during the 1960s, and may still be known by some by its old name.
James Dignan, 29 May 2011

Nowadays the Royal Cork Yacht Club is sometimes called the Crosshaven Yacht Club, for being located in Crosshaven, but in 1928 it didn't yet have that location. Dermot Burns, archivist of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, confirms that the Crosshaven Yacht Club existed from 1917 until 1927, which means it had in fact just disappeared when the 1928 Flaggenbuch was published. It did not have a successor club of any kind, except that some of its members became members of the Royal Munster Yacht Club, today the Royal Cork Yacht Club. He also attached artwork for the burgee.

Note that this again shows the curious difference we've encountered in other flags as well: The Flaggenbuch shows the letters dotted, this image shows the letters on their own. With only eleven years of existence, I can hardly imagine this indicates a further development of the burgee.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg
, 1 June 2011