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British yacht clubs may fly a white ensign (the Royal Yacht Squadron), an undefaced blue ensign (32 clubs), a blue ensign defaced with the badge of the club (57 clubs) or a red ensign defaced (14 clubs). There is also a defaced RAF Ensign for the RAF Sailing Association.  Other sailing clubs may have their own flag or burgee. 

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Current Clubs

In the list below these clubs are distinguished by the symbol for a white ensign (), a blue ensign (), a blue ensign defaced in the fly (), a blue ensign defaced on the union (), a defaced red ensign (), or other flag (). Where only the burgee is known to us, it is identified by a burgee symbol ().

Model yacht clubs

It seems that at one time a number of model yacht clubs were confused with, or in some cases treated as, full scale yacht clubs.

Obsolete Special Ensigns of yacht clubs that no longer exist

Obsolete flags of clubs that have merged with, or been absorbed by, current clubs

  Royal Clyde Yacht Club. Merged into Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club
  Royal Eastern Yacht Club. Absorbed by Royal Forth Yacht Club
  Royal Northern Yacht Club. Merged into Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club
  Royal Portsmouth Corinthian Yacht Club. Absorbed by Royal Albert Yacht Club
  Royal South Western Yacht Club. Absorbed by Royal Western Yacht Club of England

Overseas Yacht Clubs Currently (2009 Navy List) Entitled to a Special Ensign

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club

Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club

Australia. Available to Australian registered vessels when in Australian waters
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Little Ship Club (Queensland Squadron)
Royal Australian Navy Sailing Association
Royal Brighton Yacht Club
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
Royal Geelong Yacht Club
Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron
Royal Motor Yacht Club of New South Wales
Royal Perth Yacht Club
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
Royal Yacht Club of Victoria

Overseas Yacht Clubs Currently Entitled to a Special Ensign for Members who own a British Registered Vessel

Royal Nassau Sailing Club

Royal Hamilton Yacht Club

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Royal Suva Yacht Club

Royal Bombay Yacht Club

Royal Jamaica Yacht Club

Royal Malta Yacht Club

New Zealand
Royal Akarana Yacht Club
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club

Republic of Ireland
Royal Irish Yacht Club
Royal St George Yacht Club

South Africa
Royal Natal Yacht Club

Overseas Yacht Clubs formerly entitled to a Special Ensign

Glenelg Yacht Club
Holdfast Bay Yacht Club

Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club
Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club
Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club
Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron
Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Royal Victoria (BC) Yacht Club

Shanghai Yacht Club

British Boat Club

Royal Singapore Yacht Club

South Africa
Royal Cape Yacht Club
Point Yacht Club

Dar es Salaam Yacht Club

Yacht Club Special Ensign Minimum Tonnage

14 August 1950. Request from Lieutenant Colonel Foyle of Royal Engineer Yacht Club regarding yacht of less than 2.5 tons.

The Admiralty consulted some yacht clubs about reducing minimum tonnage; Household Brigade, Royal Anglesey, Royal Naval Sailing Association, Royal Thames, Royal Northern, Little Ship, and Royal Yacht Squadron. Only Royal Thames against.

Minimum tonnage requirement for special ensign reduced from 2.5 tons to 2 tons except for White Ensign.

Implemented 7 March 1951. NL 2851/50. [National Archives ADM 1/21971]
David Prothero, 5 July 2014

Royal Patronage and "Royal" clubs

The practice of ‘Royal Patronage’ was widely misunderstood. ‘Patronage’ was a personal arrangement between a member of the royal family and, in these cases, a yacht club. It did not entitle the club to use the title ‘royal’. The latter was the result of an official procedure conducted via the Home Office.
David Prothero, 15 February 2015