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Holywood Yacht Club, Northern Ireland

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The burgee can be seen at  It is vertically divided blue-white-blue, with a silhouette of a red tower in the central stripe.
Located by Jan Mertens, 30 March 2010

Holywood Yacht Club, Northern Ireland

[Burgee of Holywood Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 October 2017

Image: Club website
Burgee: Pennant. Blue/White/Blue equal vertical stripes. Red silhouette of Holywood Priory [tower built 1800] superimposed on White stripe
Peter Edwards, 28 September 2017

The Holywood Yacht Club (HYC) is a small yacht club in Holywood, part of the metropolitan area of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Founded in 1862, it is by now more than 150 years old. Its location on the south shore of the Belfast Lough gives it excellent sailing waters, and magnificent views from the club house. Though in name still a yacht club, it appears to focus on dinghy sailing these days.

Silhouette or outline?

[Burgee of Holywood Yacht Club] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 October 2017

I found that the club's Code of Conduct, has as its header a burgee where the tower is an outline instead of a silhouette. What's the relation between these two? Now in 2017 silhouette version appears to be current. In 2010, apparently the outline version was current. It is tempting to assume that the club decided to celebrate their 150th anniversary by changing the design of their burgee. I don't know, though. I'm copying to the club in the hope that they can shed more light on this.

I've tried to draw both versions of the burgee, but in this case I really don't see the structure of the design. As I also haven't seen a photograph of a real burgee, I've had to approximate the drawings in the hope that that gives a good approximation of the real thing. They are probably recognisable as burgees of the Holywood, but the club would have to tell us whether they are any good.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 October 2017