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Gironde (Department, France): Yacht clubs

Last modified: 2013-12-28 by ivan sache
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Cercle Nautique du Verdon

[Cercle Nautique du Verdon]

Burgee of CNV - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 May 2006

Le Verdon-sur-Mer (1,300 inhabitants) is located near the Pointe de Grave, which constitutes the northern end of the region of Médoc. Being located on the mouth of Gironde, the big estuary made by the confluence of rivers Garonne and Dordogne, Le Verdon is the outer harbour of Bordeaux, especially for oil products.

The burgee of CNV (website) is horizontally divided blue-red with the white letters "CNV" all over.

Ivan Sache, 22 May 2002

Club Nautique Bourquais

[Burgee of CNB]

Burgee of CNB - Image by Ivan Sache, 27 December 2005

The name of Bourg-sur-Gironde recalls that the village was in the past located on the Gironde, the big estuary made by the confluency of the Garonne and the Dordogne. It is today located on the right, northern bank of the Dordogne, 25 km north of Bordeaux and facing the Bec d'Ambès, the point of land separating the Garonne and the Dordogne.

Club Nautique Bourquais (CNB, website) was founded in 1936 by yachtmen and fishers from Bourg-sur-Gironde. CNB is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Aquitaine and the seventh oldest in the department of Gironde. It joined the French Federation of Yachting in 1948. The CNB is one of the only yacht clubs in France to own and manage its port.
The burgee of CNB is blue with a thin white horizontal stripe, a red star in canton and the red letters "CNB" in the white stripe.

Ivan Sache, 27 December 2005

Club Voile Hourtin Médoc

[CV Hourtin Medoc]

Burgee of CVHM - Image by Ivan Sache, 17 May 2001

Hourtin is a town of ca. 3,600 inhabitants located on the eastern shore of the Lake of Hourtin-Carcans. Médoc is one of the most famous producing area of Bordeaux wines.
The burgee of CVHM (website) is white with a red-white-blue-border and the red letters "CVHM".

Ivan Sache, 17 May 2001

Voile et Cercle Nautique de Pauillac

[VC Pauillac]

Burgee of VCNP - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 December 2009

The municipality of Paillac (5,291 inhabitants in 2006; 2,274 ha) is located in the wine-growing region of Médoc (Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild are located in Pauillac), on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, 50 km north of Bordeaux.
A stele in the port of Pauillac recalls that on 25 March 1777, Marquis of Lafayette left France on the Victoire to help the American insurgents. Subsequently, the transatlantic liners sailing to South America left France from Pauillac.

Voile et Cercle Nautique de Pauillac ( website) was registered on 18 January 1936 as the merger of Voiles de Pauillac, founded in 1872, and Cercle Nautique de Pauillac, founded in 1886.
At the end of the 19th century, Pauillac was a place of leisure for the wine aristocrats and the English colony of Bordeaux. The main event of the yachting season was the Whit Regatta, organized for 15-30 m cutters. On Saturday, the boats sailed on the failing tide from Bordeaux to Pauillac; on Sunday, they sailed to Pointe de Grave and overnighted in the port of Le Verdon, sailing back to Pauillac on Monday for a colourful closing ceremony. Among the famous yachtmen were the Johnstone, sailing on the Tourlinguet, who used to send their whole set of sails to Bristol for revamping after each regatta. The Pauillac regatta were so important locally that the parish priest used to announce the next Sundays as "the 2nd, ..., 7th, ..., 11th, ..., 13th Sunday after the regatta".
(After Bernard Ginestet, Pauillac, Nathan)

The burgee of VCNP is horizontally divided white-blue with a red disk in the middle.