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Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (U.S.)

New York

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Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club

The SCYC, located in Oyster Bay, state of New York, has a dark blue burgee ... very close to the well-known Brazilian jack 'cruzeiro'. If I remember correctly, there is a football team in Sao Paulo named Corinthians, and I do not know if the cruzeiro-like burgee of the SCYC is purely coincidental.
Ivan Sache, 30 August 2001

According to a manuscript from "Records of the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club" in the archives of the Mystic Seaport museum in Connecticut (right across Long Island Sound from Oyster Bay), this burgee was in fact derived from the cruzeiro flag as used as a rank flag by Brazilian admirals. [Actually, it would have been a commodore's pennant, but close enough.] The burgee has been in use since soon after the club was founded as the Seawanhaka YC in 1872; the Corinthian name came from a merger. See:

The flag is not coincidental, but not directly related to the Sao Paulo team. Apparently many yacht clubs (which the SP club began as) took the name "Corinthian" as an indication of pure amateur status, the ancient Corinthians supposedly being a people devoted to high-quality amateur undertakings. There are a number of "Corinthian" yacht clubs in England, plus others in Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco and elsewhere.

Joe McMillan, 1 September 2001