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Yacht Officers' flags (U.S.)

Last modified: 2022-07-16 by rick wyatt
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Here are some of the more common yacht club officer flags. Since most of the ones I sell are the small 12"x18" size, I have used the ratio 2:3.
Rick Wyatt, 1 January 1999


Yacht Commodore

[U.S. Yacht Commodore flag] image by Rick Wyatt, 1 January 1999


Yacht Vice Commodore

[U.S. Yacht Vice Commodore flag] image by Rick Wyatt, 1 January 1999


Yacht Rear Commodore

[U.S. Yacht Rear Commodore flag] image by Rick Wyatt, 1 January 1999


Yacht Past Commodore

[U.S. Yacht Past Commodore flag] image by Rick Wyatt, 1 January 1999


Yacht Fleet Captain

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Captain flag] image by Rick Wyatt, 1 January 1999


Honorary Commodore

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Honorary Commodore] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 14 October 2009


Commodore Emeritus

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Commodore Emeritus] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 14 October 2009


Other positions

(but see 2022 update below)

A book with illustrations of alternative Yacht Club Officers Flags is:
Collier, J.R., Capt, USN (Ret.), Yachting Signal Book, Cornell Maritime Press, Centerville, MD, 1985. pp. 118.

On p. 105 He illustrates the following:

Fleet Secretary = Blue flag with a single white quill. point down in lower hoist;
Fleet Treasurer = Blue Flag with white acorn
Fleet Steward = Blue Flag with a white three legged cooking pot;
Fleet Computerman = White Broad Pennant with a blue "Pi";
Fleet Measurer = Blue flag with a white "Pi";
Fleet Boatswain= Blue flag with crossed fouled anchors
Fleet Gunner = Blue Flag with white flaming grenade
Fleet Purser = Blue Flag with crossed keys
Fleet Navigator = Blue flag with white sextant
Fleet Chaplain, Christian = Blue Flag with white Latin Cross
Fleet Chaplain, Jewish = Blue flag with white tablets of Moses

Jim Ferrigan, 4 November 2009

2022 update

Fleet Secretary

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Secretary] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Secretary] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Secretary] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Most dominant these days is two crossed quills with second place for oak leaf. One quill, I recall seeing in the past, but
not any more.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Fleet Treasurer

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Treasurer] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Acorn. Such a strong image, both visually and virtually that it's probably the reason oak leaf still has a mention for Fleet Secretary.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Fleet Purser/Quartermaster

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Purser/Quartermaster] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Blue Flag with crossed keys. I'm not quite sure what these two functions do in yacht club, as I picture them quite differently, but they both/all are represented with the crossed keys. Ah, now that I write the truly relevant bit, I notice: They are the guys for what is behind lock and key.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Judge Advocate

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Judge Advocate] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Judge advocate is a function that to me suggests the club took the road more travelled at some point, rather than the road more interesting. This is why we have commodores of various ranks in the first place; no place for a jag.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Port Captain

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Port Captain] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

This flag is paired with Fleet Captain. It is occasionally mentioned in larger clubs.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Fleet Measurer

Blue flag with a white "Pi". Though I can recall seeing that in the past, I saw no image of it anywhere any more. Too bad, as its graphics would have provided the image for computer man (below). Ruler (abstract) on light blue hull. Though this became quite common, to my surprise, I didn't see a single try to change this to a closet on dark blue.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Fleet Computerman

[U.S. Yacht Fleet Computerman] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Probably a lost function, with computer use becoming more common. At one time, this was so alien that it required a broad pennant, where others didn't, and Greek writing on a flag. I know I saw that once, but didn't mark it as special as I happened to have some education in that profession. Now, the best that I can come up with is:
At (@) on a white field. And even that was a single mention on an image that was no longer maintained. Apparently, everybody now knows how to use computers poorly, and therefore being able to do so well is no longer a skill in high demand. But it may still do for digital correspondence or keeper of measurements.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022

Yet more positions

- Fleet Boatswain = Blue flag with crossed fouled anchors (seen)
- Fleet Navigator = Blue flag with white sextant (myth)
- Fleet Steward = Blue Flag with a white three legged cooking pot (myth)
- Fleet Gunner = Blue Flag with white flaming grenade (seen)
And
- Surgeon: white caduceus on red.
- Race Committee: white fouled anchor and red letters on blue.
- Board of Directors Member: White tick on blue.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 June 2022