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Royal Galway Yacht Club, Ireland

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[Royal Galway Yacht Club burgee] image located by Jan Mertens, 9 May 2011

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Though it may be the Royal Galway Yacht Club was revived, specifically for that race, it doesn't seem very alive today. While the organisation
does have a business address, it doesn't have an Internet presence of any kind that I could find.

No information on officers flags, alas, for lack of officer's addresses for asking about flags. In the old club, of course, the officers had stars on the collars of their club uniforms. I've so far found no mention of officer's flags, though.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 23 June 2014


The burgee is a blue field, white cross throughout and near the hoist, a yellow heraldic ship on stylized waves, with sails furled and a tiny royal crown (in full colour) above, the hull bearing a yellow shield with a green? lion, rampant. Surely these are the arms of Galway, also the former arms of County Galway (the lion is coloured differently)? :

The image above is found in the 1923 French ‘Album des pavillons nationaux et des marques distinctives’ in spite of spelling “Golway” (Plate CI, ill. 24). The crown (Tudor model) is much larger and the shield is left bare; a bonus is the undifferentiated Red Ensign of the period.
Jan Mertens, 9 May 2011

[Royal Galway Yacht Club burgee] image by Jose C. Alegria, 17 October 2013

Sometime ago while heading off in a round the world race the Late Lord Killanin presented me with the burgee of the Royal Galway. He asked me to fly the flag and continue the tradition. We are rebuilding the club on the back of a syndicate who are building a boat for the Volvo round the world race in 2009.
Enda O'Coineen, 30 December 2007

Flying the burgee of a defunct yacht club should not be a problem, though I suggest that it should be flown as a personal or house flag, and not in the position that a club burgee would normally be flown. Reviving the club and using the same burgee is a slightly more doubtful proposition. The title 'royal' was granted to the Galway Yacht Club in 1882. What a yacht club in the Republic of Ireland cares to call itself is no longer of any concern to the British Home Office. There are still 'royal' yacht clubs in the Republic of Ireland so presumably the Irish government would have no objection to the use of an historic title by a revived club. Using the same burgee should not be a problem as long as it does not contravene any Irish regulations. The crown is still used on the burgees of three Irish yacht clubs. A record of which clubs have been granted the title 'royal' should be held by the Home Office in London. The title 'royal' does not in itself have any significance as far as flags are concerned. Most British yacht clubs that had/have the title 'royal' have also been granted, quite separately, the right to have a special club ensign. The Royal Galway was one of the very few royal clubs that did not have this right.
David Prothero, 31 December 2007

It looks like the new burgee can be seen on the right at (for larger image click on "download").
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 September 2009

I found the burgee (image above) in Alicante's yacht club, port of exit of the last Volvo Ocean Race. I read that the club was revived for this race that ended in Galway:
Jose C. Alegria, 18 October 2013