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Carlingford Lough Yacht Club, Northern Ireland

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Carlingford Lough Yacht Club

The Carlingford Lough Yacht Club is situated at Killowen Point between Belfast, N. Ireland (UK) and Dublin (Ireland). In fact, the club's home water, Carlingford Lough, forms the border between the two countries. The club’s website is at No history is found there, all the same the site gives a good overview of the various boat classes, trainings, competitions, outings, and social gatherings.

Quote: “Among [the] many activities are dinghy sailing with exciting club racing and periodic hosting of dinghy class championship events. The cruiser section enjoys cruising and racing, and is thriving in popularity and competitiveness. The club is an RYA-approved training establishment offering a comprehensive range of courses from Sailing to Rescue Boat and Navigation courses.”

The photo gallery (2007 pictures) shows a rectangular flag with a Viking ship, flying a black pennant, sailing towards the hoist.
Jan Mertens, 2 May 2010

It seems to me that the ship is placed in the centre of the flag, so no swallowtail - perhaps the fraying is indirect proof. But indeed we may not be quite sure, I can only say that I did not spot a clear-cut one (pun intended).
Jan Mertens, 23 October 2011

The club has a history page at, and as they have celebrated their 50th anniversary, produced a book on that history for that occasion. The book describes this club as a reformation: 31 March 1846, the Carlingford Lough Sailing Club was founded. Their flags were a blue ensign with yellow harp and crown with a burgee to match. The club came to an end at the start of the War. It appears "sailing club" and "yacht club" were used interchangeably.

The club was recreated in 1958. The date is still not mentioned, but from the newspaper clippings shown it would seem likely that the (current) Carlingford Lough Yacht Club was founded/revived on 17 September 1958. The burgee was designed by Donal O’Tierney. It features a silhouette of a Viking boat against an orange background. The boat refers the presence of the Vikings in the area: the reason why the water is called "Carling F(j)ord". No reason is given for the orange background, though the club's location in Northern Ireland does offer a suggestion.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 May 2019


[Flag of the United Kingdom] image by Jan Mertens, 2 May 2010

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The burgee is orange with a black Viking long ship in full sail. It can be seen on the club website at
Located by Jan Mertens, 30 March 2010