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image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 July 2016
The Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) was organized on 7 August 1875 by 37 founding members. The club was incorporated on 8 January 1882 under the laws of Illinois, " to encourage and promote the sport of yacht sailing and building". The first Chicago-Mackinac race (now Race to Mackinac, colloquially "Mac Race") was held in 1898; that year, club's membership dramatically increased, from six members and two yachts the previous year to 60 members and 16 yachts. The CYC was declared by the Yachting Magazine "one of the country's most distinguished yacht clubs". Club members Robert Halperin (1908-1985) and William Parks (1921-2008) won a bronze medal in the Star class at the 1960 Summer Olympics.
www.chicagoyachtclub.org - Club website
The burgee of the CYC is a triangular blue pennant with a white triangle, charged with a red star, placed along the hoist and extending as a sharp triangle to the burgee's point.
Photos: one, two and three.
The original burgee of the CYC and the officer's signals are prescribed in Chapter IV, Section I of the club's By Laws, as follows:
image by Rob Raeside, 1 July 2019
Original Burgee: Pennant circa 4:7 (print image). Red field charged with the
white letters CYC on a blue bend from upper hoist corner.
Source: Lloyd’s Register of American Yachts. New York, 1903.
Peter Edwards, 30 June 2019
Org. 1875 (Same source: Lloyd’s Register of American Yachts. New York, 1903.
By 1906, the description says: Organized, 1875 Incorporated 1882. The edition 1917 edition of Lloyd's is the last one where I've seen this burgee of the CYC.
The next Lloyd's where I've seen the CYC is 1927, and there it has a different burgee, which it still flies today, as shown at the top of this page. This was originally the burgee of the Lincoln Park Yacht Club. The usual merger pattern applies: One club lives on in its name, the other lives on in its burgee. Lloyd's of 1917 does indeed show that burgee for the Lincoln Park, and the description tells us: Organized, 1913. Incorporated, 1915.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 1 July 2019
The CYC adopted the burgee of the Lincoln Park Yacht Club, following the merger of the two clubs in 1920.