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Flag of Bilbao - Image by Santiago Dotor
The flag of Bilbao, the capital of Biscay Province, is white with a red canton, smaller than a quarter of the field. It is based on the flag adopted in 1845 for the Bilbao Maritime Province
Santiago Dotor, 7 February 2002
Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club
Burgees of Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club - Images by José Carlos Alegría, 22 November 1999
Emblem of Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club - Image by José Carlos Alegría, 22 November 1999
Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club is the most important yacht club of Vizcaya (Basque country). The club, located at Guecho, on the outskirts of Bilbao, is the result of the merger, produced in 1972, of the Real Sporting Club, founded in 1898, and the Real Club Marítimo del Abra, founded in 1902. The Royal title was granted by King John Charles in 1990.
It is curious that each one had his own flag, and the resulting club uses both! They always fly both burgees at the Club, and they use an image of the flags crossed at the mast as their emblem.
Real Club Marítimo del Abra's burgee is the register flag of Bilbao, reversing the colours, with a red five-pointed star on the canton, and the Royal Spanish crown on the center. Real Sporting Club's burgee is the register flag of Bilbao, with a purple St. George's cross and the Spanish Royal crown at the center of the cross.
As they are close enough to my town, we see some boats here, specially motorboats on the tuna fish fishing period, and most of them fly the R.C.M. del Abra flag, having the emblem painted on the stern. In sailboats, they fly both from a halyard, having the flag of the R.C.M. del Abra on top and the Real Sporting Club underneath. Being the newest of the two clubs, I guess they receive preponderance due to a larger amount of members at merging time. The situation is, anyway, not good, and I myself have designed some proposals for them to get a "new" flag.
José Carlos Alegría, 24 November 1999
Burgee of Club Marítimo del Abra - Image by José Carlos Alegría, 6 February 2018
The burgee of Club Marítimo del Abra was a crown-less version of the burgee of Real Club Marítimo del Abra, as shown in Lloyd's Register of Yachts [LLoXXa], 1931 and 1956.
Peter Edwards & Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 18 March 2018
Club Nático de Bilbao
Burgee of Club Nático de Bilbao - Image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 18 March 2018
Lloyd's Register of Yachts [LLoXXa], in the 1915 edition and still in the 1938 edition, lists the Club Nático de Bilbao, with as their burgee the register flag of Bilbao with a red five-pointed, slightly fat star on the canton.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 18 March 2018
Flag of Club Cocherito - Image by Aingeru Astui, 11 April 2002
Club Cocherito, founded in Bilbao in 1910 taking its name from the Bilbao bullfighter Castor Jaureguibeitia, nicknamed Cocherito de Bilbao, is the oldest bullfighting fan club in Spain.
Aingeru Astui, 11 April 2002