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Enniskillen Yacht Club, Northern Ireland

Last modified: 2011-10-22 by rob raeside
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[Enniskillen Yacht Club burgee]image by Eugene Ipavec, 15 September 2011

Some facts gleaned here & there about the elusive Enniskillen Yacht Club: founded 1905, starting out with twelve newly built boats – Fairy Class - on Lough Erne, Fermanagh, in the S.W. of N. Ireland (UK); last trace found, death of Commodore in 1980.

Red burgee bearing yellow three-part building (Enniskillen Castle??), with three tiny pennants on the roofs, found on p. 103 of Part II of the 1928 German Flaggenbuch.

Clickable image of 1928 testimonial (“Memorial to Robert W. Wilson, Founder Member and first Commodore of Enniskillen Yacht Club”) showing this burgee, page (last image) and direct link: http://www.classicsailireland.com/fairy-class, http://www.classicsailireland.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/memory_of_1200.jpg. In this case however the buildings huddle near the hoist... It may be that the Flaggenbuch erroneously allowed the building, or houses, to fill up the field.

Jan Mertens, 14 September 2011

In part the same information can be found at http://www.nisailing.co.uk/classes/fairy/index.php, but also:

"In 1905, contrasting with ancient LEYC’s gentry membership on the Upper Lake, members of Enniskillen’s merchant classes set up the Enniskillen Yacht Club. One stalwart was Auctioneer, Bob Wilson. They developed Sailing again on the Lower Lake, where LEYC began in 1818 and was organised by the Irvines of Necarne for its first 50 years. ...

After WW2, Fairy racing was organised more and more by LEYC, now again lower lake based, at Ely then Gublusk. EYC became more a social than a sailing club and closed in the 1980s with assets transferred to the EYC Trust. ..."

For lack of any hits for the name of the trust as given, I expect the actual trust is the "Enniskillen Yacht Club Charitable Trust".

Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 September 2011