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Football clubs

Fenerbahçe Sports Club

[Flag of Fenehrbace]

Flag of Fenerbahçe SK - Image by Onur Özgün, 25 August 2001

This is an unoffical flag of Fenerbahçe Sport Club, based on fan flags shown on a supporters' website. The club official website gives the color specification for the emblem and the flag as:
- Yellow: Pantone Yellow c;
- Blue: Pantone 288c;
- Red: Pantone 485c;
- Green: Pantone 361c.

Onur Özgün, 25 August 2001

Galatasaray Sports Club

[Flag of Galatasaray]

Flag of Galatasaray SK - Image by Onur Özgün, 27 June 2003

The flag of Galatasaray SK is also the flag of Galatasaray University, founded by cooperation of the Turkish and French governments, as well as of the Galatsaray High School (Lycée).

Onur Özgün, 3 July 2004

The club's emblem was designed in 1923 by Ayetullah Emin, a student at the Galatasaray High School (website). Emin used a complicated mathematical formula to draw the emblem. The Ottoman letters Gayin - Sin were changed to the Latin letters "G" - "S" in 1926. The Galatasaray Sports Club, founded in 1905 within the High School, adopted Emin's emblem, charged with the foundation year of the club.

Ivan Sache, 27 June 2003

[Unofficial flag]

Unofficial flag of Galatasaray DK - Image by António Martins, 4 July 2004

Yahoo! News showed a picture with Flavio Conceição displaying his new club Galatasaray's flag. The flag shown seems to have only two stripes, instead of the four of the official flag.

James Dignan, 1 July 2004

Today, while I was sitting on the sidewalk across the street from my building, a man pedaled by on a special bicycle designed for disabled people. His vehicle was flying a small Turkish flag on the front, and a larger Turkish flag on the back, along with a similarly sized flag I didn't recognize. I ran after him; he told me he was indeed Turkish, and I inquired about the other flag. He replied that it was a football flag. I found it's a variant of the Galatasaray Istanbul flag. The differences with the official flag are:
- There were eight red and yellow horizontal stripes instead of four;
- The object in the center was a white circle instead of a white ellipse;
- The insignia on the circle was the third of the four variants shown on the Galatasaray High School website:
- The "1905" was at the bottom of the circle.

Lewis Nowitz, 24 April 2004

Yacht clubs

Istanbul Sailing Club

[Flag of Istanbul Sailing Club]         [Burgee of Istanbul Sailing Club]

Flag and burgee of the Istanbul Sailing Club - Images by Ivan Sache, 26 May 2012

The Istanbul Sailing Club (website), founded on 2 February 1952, is the oldest and biggest yacht club in Turkey, with more than 3,000 members. The club was granted the statute of a "society of public interests". Among its founding members was Captain Ruhi Sarialp, who won with his crew a bronze medal in the London Olympics (1948, Triple Jump series). More recently, club member Enver Adakan ranked 8th in the Sydney Olympics (2000, Finn series).

The flag of the IYK is white, divided by a blue horizontal Y-like cross. A white star inside a red disc is placed over the cross. The club's burgee is a triangular version of the flag.

[Burgee of Istanbul Sailing Club]

Older burgee of the Istanbul Sailing Club (?) - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 May 2012

A souvenir plaque dated 1940 (photo) shows a rower from the club and a red burgee with a white star. This predates the foundation of the modern club (1952). The white star within the red disk seems to have been taken from this early burgee.

Ivan Sache, 26 May 2012

Turkish Offshore Racing Club

[Burgee of Turkish Offshore RC]

Burgee of the TAYK - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 June 2002

The burgee of the TAYK (website) is red with a white three-pointed star.

Ivan Sache, 22 June 2002