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Sandringham Yacht Club (Australia)

Sandringham, Victoria

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[Sandringham Yacht Club burgee] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 July 2019


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Description

Sandringham is located on the eastern shore of Port Phillip Bay, c. 15 km south-east of Melbourne.
The burgee of SYC is vertically divided white-red-white.
Source: SYC website
Ivan Sache, 8 September 2003

Sandringham Yacht Club (Australia)
Sandringham, Victoria
Estb: 1903. Location: Jetty Road, Sandringham.

"Sandringham Yacht Club’s (SYC) history can be traced back to the Port Phillip Yacht Club (PPYC), which was originally established in 1903 adjacent to the current public jetty. The present day club burgee was the original burgee of the old PPYC, founded at Picnic Point in 1903. In 1911 Sandringham Yachting and Angling Club founded. In 1912 Sandringham Yachting and Angling Club was renamed Sandringham Yacht Club, with the first SYC racing season conducted in 1913/1914."

"In 1931 a devastating fire to PPYC resulted in the amalgamation of PPYC and SYC in 1932. Another fire in 1955 totally destroyed the original SYC Clubhouse with the Club losing all of its records and memorabilia together with most of its documented history.

"The Club burgee has been flown for 106 years which is the longest continual use of any burgee on Port Phillip Bay."
"Port Phillip Yacht Club began at Sandringham in 1903, and adopted the burgee that we fly today – a red diagonal on a white background.”

"Sandringham Yacht Club had its beginnings in 1911, and in 1912, adopted an emerald green burgee with a golden yellow cross. The club flew this until it adopted a new burgee in 1925 – a navy blue background with a red cross overlaid with a white five point start. In 1931, fire destroyed the Clubhouse of PRYC and the two clubs decided to amalgamate the following year, retaining the Sandringham name and the Port Phillip burgee. This burgee has a proud history, having been flown consistently since 1903, and is one of the oldest on Port Phillip Bay.”

"During our centenary celebrations we have discovered that the red white and blue burgee, flown from 1925 – 1932, was identical in colour and design to the burgee of the New York Yacht Club. Their burgee has been in use since 1844 and the design was published in the Lloyd’s Register in the late 1800’s. The design is rightfully theirs, but because of its historical significance to our club, especially in our centenary year, NYYC have graciously given permission for its use as part of our centenary logo. Our current burgee with its bright red diagonal has become synonymous with good sailing and strong competition. It is known and respected in Port Phillip Bay, throughout Australia, and around the world, and should be shown on members’ vessels with pride, on every possible occasion."
By Graeme Disney, Club Historian.
Source, accessed 6 July 2019, https://syc.com.au/about/history/

"8.3. Club Burgee and Flag Officer Flags The Club burgee shall be a white pennant, the length of which shall be twice its width at the hoist, with an Admiralty Red (Ref. T1144) bar having a width of one quarter the length of the centre line of the burgee and placed at right angles to the base line cutting the centre line in the second quarter."

"The Flag Officers’ flags shall be as follows:
a. The Commodore’s flag shall be the Club burgee but rectangular and swallowtailed.
b. The Vice-Commodore’s flag shall be the Club burgee but rectangular and swallow-tailed and with one ball in the upper head quarter.
c. The Rear-Commodore’s flag shall be the Club burgee but rectangular and swallow-tailed and with two balls in the upper head quarter.
d. The Past Commodore’s flag shall be the Club burgee, rectangular and swallowtailed as for the Commodore but defaced with a red diagonal cross in the upper head quarter.
e. The Commodore-in-Chief’s flag shall be the Club burgee but rectangular.
No Flag Officer’s flags shall be flown from any boat unless such Officer is on board or unless it is his intention to return on board before sunset of the same day. When two or more Flag Officers of the Club are on board the same boat, the flag of the Senior Officer shall be displayed."
Source: accessed 6 July 2019,
https://syc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SYC-By-Laws-April-2019.pdf
Peter Edwards, 7 July 2019


Commodore-in-Chief’s flag

[Sandringham Yacht Club burgee] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 July 2019