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St. Croix Yacht Club

  image by Ivan Sache, 26 June 2002

St. Croix is the southernmost of the US Virgin Islands (this is the large island placed under the bird on the national seal).
The burgee of St. Croix Yacht Club is red with a white cross, which most probably recalls the Danish colonial past of the islands (the two main cities of St. Croix are Christiansted and Frederiksted) and a device which is most probably a colonial sugar mill (see for instance the flag of Guayama in Puerto Rico).
The source is the yacht club website: <>.
Ivan Sache, 26 June 2002

St. Thomas Yacht Club

  image by Ivan Sache, 9 July 2002

Established informally during the 1950s, the Virgin Islands Yacht Club was the first sailing organization on St. Thomas. Recognizing the need for a permanent yacht club with full member facilities, 15 far-sighted sailors in October 1964 contributed $1,000 each to form the Deck Point Corporation and founded the Yacht Club of St. Thomas, which changed its name to the St. Thomas Yacht Club in 1969. The current STYC flag mast is an 85-foot greenheart tree trunk, delivered by boat from Surinam. It replaced the original mast donated by the West Indian Company that had salvaged the spar from the 1920s-built schooner "Flight". STYC member Holmberg became the first Olympic medalist in Virgin Islands history, taking the silver in Finn Class at the 1988 Olympic Games in Korea. STYC is now 300-plus members strong, and has hosted since 1974 the prestigious International Rolex Regatta.
Source: STYC website, < >
Ivan Sache, 9 July 2002