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Morbihan (Department, France): Yacht clubs

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Association Nautique de l'Île aux Moines

[AN Ile-aux-Moines]

Burgee of ANIM - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2001

Île aux Moines (Monks' Island) is a small island and municipality located in the Gulf of Morbihan (in Breton "small sea"), a small gulf of ca. 20 km width, separated from Atlantic Ocean by a narrow strait of 1 km in width.
In the first century before J.C., Julius Caesar defeated the Venetes during a naval fight in what is now the Gulf of Morbihan (but geologists do not all agree that the Gulf was already constituted at that time.)

The burgee of Association Nautique de l'Île aux Moines (ANIM, website) is yellow with a black border and the black letters "ANIM".

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2001

Centre Nautique d'Arradon

[Flag of CNA]

Burgee of CNA - Image by Ivan Sache, 2 June 2009

The municipality of Arradon is located on the Gulf of Morbihan, a few kilometers west of Vannes. The town is famous for the scenic, thin stripe of land called Point Arradon. The local hero is the yachtman Eugè:ne Riguidel (b. 1940), winner of the Transat en double (Lorient-Bermuda-Lorient) with Gilles Gahinet in 1979, who abandoned racing in 1985 to become an ecologist militant.

The Centre Nautique d'Arradon (CNA, website), located on Point Arradon, uses a white flag with the square logo of CNA.

Ivan Sache, 2 June 2009

Cercle des Régates du Goret

[Cercles des Regates du Goret]

Burgee of CRG - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 August 2002

Le Goret is a small port located on Île aux Moines.
Cercle des Régates du Goret (CRG, website) is a small yacht club with a membership of c. 50. The burgee of the yacht club is yellow with a red stripe placed along the hoist and a blue piglet in the middle. The burgee is canting since a piglet is in French called a goret.

Ivan Sache, 19 August 2002

Club Nautique Hoedicais

[CN Hoedicais]

Burgee of CNH - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 December 2009

The small island of Hoëdic (aka Hœdic; in Breton, Edig; 111 inhabitants in 2006; 208 ha), located a few miles off the coast of south Brittany, was made a municipality in 1891.

Club Nautique Hoedicais (CNH) was founded in 1964 by summer vacationers fond of sailing. To keep the club as friendly as possible and to respect the natual environment of the island, membership was restricted to 100, each member being awarded a numbered burgee.
In 1992, the clubhouse Entrepont (Steerage) was inaugurated in the decommissioned Fort of Hoëdic.
To get in closer touch with the islanders, the club set up in summer 2002 a sailing school to train the children living permanently of the island. The same year, the Trophée des Champions race moored at Hoëdic, where CNH welcomed Helen Macarthur, Loïc Peyron and Michel Desjoyaux.

The burgee of CNH is white with a black cross, whose vertical and horizontal arms are fimbriated in white and black on their left and lower side, respectively. The vertical arm of the cross thinner than the horizontal one. A stylized black ermine spot is placed in canton.

[Burgee of CNH]

Burgee No. 8 of CNH - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 December 2009

The Pavillon voyageur (Traveling burgee) section of the CNH website shows photos of members of the CNH proudly presented their numbered burgee in different places worldwide.

Burgee No. 8 was presented in October 2003 to the cartoonist Jacques Faizant (d. 2006) by Arnaud Rollet.
Burgee No. 53 was presented "to" Cape Horn by Thierry Lissajoux.
Burgee No. 57 was hoisted on the Ponant by Roger Keromes .
Burgee No. 82
was displayed on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft career by pilot Jacques Mallard, and even hoisted closed to the personal flag of the Rear Admiral.
Burgee No. 95 is presented by Jean-Noël Tourin.

Ivan Sache, 7 December 2009

Société Nautique de Larmor-Plage

[SN Larmor Plage burgee]

Flag of SNL - Image by Ivan Sache, 4 October 2010

Société Nautique de Larmor-Plage (SNL, website) was the first yacht club founded in the Lorient Harbor, in 1872, as the Société Nautique et d'Instruction Navale de Lorient (SNINL). After the Second World War, the club was relocated in the municipality of Larmor-Plage, at the entrance of the harbor, close to the Kernevel fort, and took its current name.

The emblem of SNL is made of a black fouled anchor with the French and SNL flags crossed per saltire. The flag of SNL is white with an horizontally divided blue-red-blue swallow-tailed flag in canton.
A photo taken in July 2009 during the National Snipe regatta shows the flag hoisted on the boat of the Race Committee.
The flag placed in the canton of the SNL flag was the registration flag for the maritime arrondissement of Lorient, sector Quimper-Lorient (Lorient included).

Ivan Sache, 4 October 2010

Société Nautique de la Trinité-sur-Mer

[SNT burgee]

Burgee of SNT - Image by Ivan Sache, 16 July 2002/P>

La Trinité-sur-Mer (1,500 inhabitants) is a sea resort located on the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of the river Crach. The town is named after a chapel consecrated to the Holy Trinity. After the building of a modern marina in 1970, La Trinité rapidly became the Mecca of French offshore yachting. Several "Formula-One" sailboats are moored there.

Société Nautique de la Trinité-sur-Mer (SNT, website) was founded in 1879 and is currently the French yacht club with the largest membership. Its burgee is a 1:2 triangular flag, horizontally divided blue-red with two white triangles placed along the hoist.

Ivan Sache, 16 July 2002

Société Nautique Le Bono

[SNLB burgee]         [SNLB burgee]

Burgee of SNLB, newer (left) and older (right) versions - Images by Ivan Sache, 12 May 2012

The municipality of Le Bono (2,148 inhabitants in 2007; 596 ha) is located in the northwestern end of the Gulf of Morbihan, at the confluence between rivers Auray and Bono. Once a small port dedicated to fishing and oyster-breeding, Le Bono was established an independent municipality on 1 October 1947, seceding from Plougoumelen.
The legendary yachtsman Bernard Moitessier (1925-1994) is buried in the municipal cemetery of Le Bono.

The burgee of Société Nautique Le Bono (SNLB) is white at hoist with a black (Breton) ermine spot and the fly divided in three red, blue and green stripes separated by thinner white stripes and converging at the burgee's point (image, no original seen).
A completely different burgee is shown on the associations' directory of the regional newspaper Ouest-France. Here the burgee is white with a blue border, a green triangle along the hoist charged with an orange sailboat inscribed in a white disk, the rest of the burgee white with the orange letters "SNLB" and a black ermine spot. The advertizing posters of the "Classique du Bono" race 2011 and 2012 shows the first burgee, which must be the one actually used.

Ivan Sache, 12 May 2012

Société des Régates de Carnac

[Flag of SR Carnac]

Flag of SRC - Image by Ivan Sache, 16 October 2001

Société des Régates de Carnac (SRC) has a nearly square flag, with nine alternating blue and white stripe and a large, rectangular canton charged with a yellow star.

Source: Guide Vert Michelin Bretagne, edition 2001, showing a colour plate originally released by the SHOM (Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine), undated.

Ivan Sache, 16 October 2001

Yacht Club de Carnac

[YC Carnac]

Burgee of YCC - Image by Antoine Pedro, 27 October 2010

The municipality of Carnac (4,295 inhabitants in 2010; 3,271 ha) is famous for its collection of more than 2,000 megalithic standing stones (menhirs).

The burgee of Yacht Club de Carnac (YCC; website) is dark blue with a white cross and a yellow dolmen in canton.

Antoine Pedro, 27 October 2010

[YC Carnac]

Former burgee of YCC - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2001

A former burgee of YCC was light blue with a white sail over two white waves at hoist and a yellow dolmen at fly.

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2001