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New York Yacht Clubs flags

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Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing Association

EBYRA is a consortium of (in alphabetical order):

  • City Island Yacht Club
  • Harlem Yacht Club
  • Morris Yacht & Beach Club
  • Stuyvesant Yacht Club
    all located on City Island in New York City.
EBYRA organizes and runs sailboat races in Eastchester Bay and the surrounding area at the western end of Long Island Sound.

City Island Yacht Club

[City Island Yacht Club flag] by Ivan Sache

The Club was formed during the Winter of 1904-1905. The burgee was designed by Ike Tabor and was first raised on May 30, 1905. The Club was incorporated on May 17, 1907.
Ivan Sache, 6 July 2003

Harlem Yacht Club

[Harlem Yacht Club flag] by Ivan Sache

Ivan Sache, 6 July 2003

Morris Yacht & Beach Club

[Morris Yacht & Beach Club flag] by Ivan Sache

Ivan Sache, 6 July 2003

Stuyvesant Yacht Club

[Stuyvesant Yacht Club flag] by Ivan Sache

In 1890, a friendly group of yacht owners bought an old ferryboat, the Gerard Stuyvesant, pride of the East River, and rammed it up on the shore. It became the first meeting place for the Stuyvesant Yacht Club.
Ivan Sache, 6 July 2003

Long Island Yacht Club

[Stuyvesant Yacht Club flag]by Mason Kaye

This is the Long Island Yacht Club in New York. The flag is a white background with a dark blue map of long island in the center. A red circle with a white X marks a location on the map. The letters LICY (Long Island Yacht Club) are in red shadowed by blue.

Source: The Complete Guide To Clubs & Flags, p. 18

Mason Kaye, 7 June 2004

The X is placed at Babylon, New York, where the LIYC is located (the address of the club is at their homepage,, but I didn't find anything on their flag there). Thumbnails of the LIYC flag and many other Long Island yacht clubs (lower case) on the south shore of the island may be seen at
Ned Smith, 7 June 2004

New York Yacht Club

New York Yacht Club: (Ensign) - as the US Yacht Ensign, except smaller stars and a a wider anchor, tilted ca. 45 degrees.
New York Yacht Club: (Burgee) - blue, a red cross with in the centre a white five-pointed star.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 November 2001

Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club

The SCYC, located in Oyster Bay, state of New York, USA, 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