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Royal Forth Yacht Club (United Kingdom)

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[Royal Forth Yacht Club ensign] image by Clay Moss, 23 July 2007

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Flag of Royal Forth Yacht Club

Formerly Forth Yacht Club (1872).
In 1957 the Royal Forth absorbed the Almond Yacht Club (1897).
Ref: http://www.rfyc.org/wp-content/uploads/History.pdf 
Peter Edwards, 8 October 2017

The Royal Forth Yacht Club has a website that can be found at http://www.rfyc.org/Home/tabid/37/Default.aspx. I'm not persuaded that this image is entirely correct. Thus far, I have visited almost every Scottish yacht club website and have found no evidence that said visiting yacht clubs are actually utilizing the Scottish crown in any way. Most Scottish yacht clubs fly the undefaced blue ensign while their burgees will feature the St. Edward's crown
Clay Moss, 23 July 2007

From the Royal Forth Yacht Club, their General Rules, November 2014 and November 2016 specify:
The Club Ensign, to be worn only by yachts holding an Admiralty warrant or Club permit, shall be the blue Ensign of Her Majesty's Fleet bearing the gold Maltese Cross surmounted by a crown.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017


Burgee

[Royal Forth Yacht Club burgee] image by Clay Moss, 23 July 2007

From the Royal Forth Yacht Club, their General Rules, November 2014 and November 2016 specify:
The Club Burgee shall be blue, bearing a gold Maltese Cross, surmounted by a crown.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017


Admiral's Pennant

[Royal Forth Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017

From the Royal Forth Yacht Club, their General Rules, November 2014 and November 2016 specify:
The Admiral's pennant shall be a white swallow-tail pennant bearing the gold Maltese Cross and crown.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017



Vice Admiral's Pennant

[Royal Forth Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017

From the Royal Forth Yacht Club, their General Rules, November 2014 and November 2016 specify:
The Vice Admiralís Pennant shall be as for the Admiralís Pennant but bearing in addition, one red ball.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017


Commodore's Pennant

[Royal Forth Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017

From the Royal Forth Yacht Club, their General Rules, November 2014 and November 2016 specify:
The Commodore's Pennant shall be a blue swallow-tail pennant bearing the gold Maltese Cross and crown.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017


Vice Commodore's Pennant

[Royal Forth Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017

From the Royal Forth Yacht Club, their General Rules, November 2014 and November 2016 specify:
The Vice Commodore's Pennant shall be as for the Commodore's Pennant but bearing in addition one white ball.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017


Rear Commodore's Pennant

[Royal Forth Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017

From the Royal Forth Yacht Club, their General Rules, November 2014 and November 2016 specify:
The Rear Commodore's Pennant shall be as for the Commodore's Pennant but bearing in addition two white balls.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg
, 9 October 2017


Retired Commodore's Flag

[Royal Forth Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017

From the Royal Forth Yacht Club, their General Rules, November 2014 and November 2016 specify:
A Retired Commodore's Flag shall be a rectangular Blue flag bearing the gold Maltese Cross and crown.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017


Admiral's Pennant

[Royal Forth Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017

From the Royal Forth Yacht Club, their General Rules, November 2014 and November 2016 specify:
The Admiral's pennant shall be a white swallow-tail pennant bearing the gold Maltese Cross and crown.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017


Royal Yacht Britannia

The Britannia was granted a special dispensation in 1998 by the Secretary of State for Defence, by formal Warrant, to fly the Union Flag as a Jack. The Britannia also wears a defaced Blue Ensign, the special ensign of the Royal Forth Yacht Club, of which the owning organisation is a member.
Source: message by FOURO at http://www.merchant-navy.net, 26 February 2017
Peter Edwards, 8 October 2017


Forth Yacht Club (1872)

[Royal Forth Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017

Location: Granton, Scotland.
Established: 4 April 1872 (Formerly Granton Yacht Club - 1866).
Burgee: Pennant 1:2 Red field superimposed by White cross pattee.
Refs: Lloyd's Register of Yachts, 1880.
http://www.rfyc.org/wp-content/uploads/History.pdf
Peter Edwards, 7 October 2017.

In the 1902 edition of the Yacht Register, the club is covered on plate 9 as "Royal Forth Yacht Club." "Est. 1868". Indeed, the history document Peter refers to gives 16th of May 1868. I would argue that this is indeed the starting date of the club. I expect 1866 is a typo for 1868, and the way I read the history, the new name of the 4th of April 1972, like the one in 1883, was just a name change, but referred to the same club: Granton Yacht Club, Forth Yacht Club, and Royal Forth Yacht Club.
The first flag of the Royal Forth was unfurled in 1883, but Peter Edwards shows that this was not the very first flag of the club, merely the first under that name, and indeed related to that name. No mention is made of the adoption of that earlier flag or of earlier flags, nor of the warrant for flying a defaced Blue Ensign.

The club absorbed the Royal Eastern and the Almond. We cover the Royal Eastern. As I see it, it's unlikely that club was ever anything but (expecting to be) Royal, and will not have had an earlier burgee. The club also absorbed the Almond Yacht Club, marginally too soon for most of my flag books, but eventually I found Colin Stewart pictures an Almond Yacht Club, in the British Isles and Eire, as a blue burgee with a five pointed star over a fouled anchor, but yellow. If there were other flags for these clubs, I don't know about them.

For the Royal Forth itself, their General Rules, November 2014 and November 2016 specify:

XX CLUB FLAGS
(a) The Club Ensign, to be worn only by yachts holding an Admiralty warrant or Club permit, shall be the blue Ensign of Her Majesty's Fleet bearing the gold Maltese Cross surmounted by a crown.
(b) Yachts belonging to members shall always wear the Club burgee when on the station of the Club and during Regattas and other meetings unless engaged in a race.
(c) Yachts belonging to members while on hire to non-members shall not be considered as belonging to the Club, not entitled to the privileges of the Club and must not wear the Club Flags.

[Royal Forth Yacht Club burgee] image located by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017

As there is some doubt on the page about the type of crown to be used, I include the entry in Lloyd's, showing how the Yacht Register pictured the flags in 1902.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 9 October 2017