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Indian Harbor Yacht Club (U.S.)

Connecticut

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[Indian Harbor Yacht Club flag] image by Rob Raeside, 3 September 2018



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Description of the flag

Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Connecticut
Estb: 1889. Location: Greenwich, CT.
Burgee: "The club Burgee shall be a triangular flag, the hoist being two-thirds of the length; the design being a red diamond on a field; the diamond extending from the hoist to point of flag."
Source: The North American Yacht Register. New York, 1979.
"Indian Harbor Yacht Club is very proud and excited to become a Founding Member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame.” Susan H. Fisher, Commodore IHYC.
Source: accessed 18 August 2018.
http://www.nshof.org/sailing-an-american-experience/us-paralympic-medalists/23-stories/yacht-clubs/377-indian-harbor-yacht-club
Peter Edwards, 18 August 2018

Estb: 1889, according to the club's history page, https://www.indianharboryc.com/our-club/history.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 8 May 2019


Officers’ distinguishing flags

Source: Indian Harbor Yacht Club [Year Book] 1916.
Peter Edwards, 3 September 2018

Commodore

[Indian Harbor Yacht Club flag] image by Rob Raeside, 3 September 2018

Rectangular 3:5 (print image). Blue field superimposed by three horizontally spaced blue stars on a white rhombus 1:4.
Peter Edwards, 18 August 2018

Vice Commodore

[Indian Harbor Yacht Club flag] image by Rob Raeside, 3 September 2018

Same design as Commodore except red field and with two red stars.
Peter Edwards, 18 August 2018

Rear-Commodore

[Indian Harbor Yacht Club flag] image by Rob Raeside, 3 September 2018

Same design as Commodore except white field with one white star on a red rhombus.
Peter Edwards, 18 August 2018

Fleet Captain

[Indian Harbor Yacht Club flag] image by Rob Raeside, 3 September 2018

Same design as Commodore except white field with blue fouled anchor per bend on red rhombus.
Peter Edwards, 18 August 2018

Acting Commodore

[Indian Harbor Yacht Club flag] image by Rob Raeside, 3 September 2018

Plain blue flag.
Peter Edwards, 18 August 2018

While the club doesn't have a star in its burgee, it appears they have always used stars in their officers' flags. The designs of these flags have not always been the same, though. The club is listed in the American Yacht List of 1891. At that time, the officers flags were approximately 2:3 rectangular fields with a centred five-pointed star in a contrasting colour:
- Commodore: White on Blue
- Vice-Commodore: White on Red
- Rear Commodore: Blue on White

Unfortunately, this is the only version of the American Yacht List that I have access to that shows the officers' flags of the clubs. I therefore can't check whether the flags stayed in use until 1916.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 8 May 2019

For 1896, here's a funny thing: The flags are no longer the 1891 ones, but they aren't quite the versions we show for 1916 either. The patterns are the same, but each flag had three colours. Unfortunately, there are at least four colours involved, making it rather difficult to determine the actual colours. Following Peter's description, I would say the officers' flags are:
- Commodore: Black field superimposed by three horizontally spaced white stars on a light grey rhombus.
- Vice Commodore: Similar design as Commodore except light grey field with two black stars on a white rhombus.
- Rear Commodore: Similar design as Commodore except white field with one black star on a dark grey rhombus.
- Fleet Captain: Same design as Commodore except white field with black fouled anchor per bend on dark grey rhombus.
- Acting Commodore: Plain black flag.
So far I've been unable to assign colours to these four shades that match known patterns.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 May 2019