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Brussels (Belgium): Yacht clubs

Last modified: 2012-02-25 by ivan sache
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Belgian Pneumaticlub

The Belgian Pneumaticlub (BPC, Club de Bateaux Pneumatiques et Semi-rigides, BPC website) was founded in 1976 by pneumatic boat enthusiasts with the aim to practising their sport and enlarge its popularity, to the exclusion, however, as stated by the club statutes, of competitions.

BPC apparently uses flags but no burgees. Images from the website gallery show a yellow flag with a green (?) logotype and words, probably the club name, and a blue flag with a yellow logotype and either no words or the club name below the logotype. The yellow-on-blue logotype evokes an inflatable boat riding on three waves.

Jan Mertens, 25 February 2007

Bruxelles Royal Yacht Club

[BRYC burgee]

Burgee of BRYC - Image by José Carlos Alegria Diaz & Jaume Ollé, 19 July 2001

The Bruxelles Royal Yacht Club (website) was founded on 25 April 1906 as the Yachting Club de Bruxelles. In 1913, it was renamed Bruxelles Royal Yacht Club, and his patron was King Albert I. The club grounds are still located close to the Royal palace of Laeken, on a field belonging to the Royal Settlement. In the 1970s, the club had more than 1,000 members.

The burgee of the BRYC is red with two green triangles placed along the hoist and a Royal crown in the red field.

Ivan Sache, 29 October 2005

Cercle Nautique des Communautés Européennes

[CNCE burgee]

Burgee of CNCE - Image by Ivan Sache, 13 June 2010

The Cercle Nautique des Communautés Européennes (CNCE), registered at Brussels and affiliated to the FFYB, offers European Union staff, their families and friends a wide range of nautical activities and services. Membership is open to any official or agent working at the European Institutions as well as to their family members or friends.

The burgee of the CNCE, as shown graphically on the club's website, is blue with a thin yellow border, the European ring of 12 yellow stars in canton, the silhouette of a white sailboat and the white letters "CNCE" at the point of the flag.

Ivan Sache, 13 June 2010

Groupe Voile et Croisière de la Mer du Nord

[GVC burgee]

Burgee of GVC - Image by Ivan Sache, 9 August 2010

Founded in 1981, GVC (website) aims at propagating sailing as a social activity, learning and sharing experience. GVC operates in two main ports, Nieuwpoort (Belgium) and Kortegene (Netherlands), the port of call of the training ship Astazou.

The burgee of GVC (image) is black with a yellow fouled anchor near the hoist and the white letters GVC in the middle, the first letter placed in front of the anchor.

Jan Mertens & Ivan Sache, 9 August 2010

Royal Belgian Sailing Club

[RBSC burgee]

Burgee of RBSC - Image by José Carlos Alegria Diaz & Jaume Ollé, 29 October 2005

The RBSC (website) was founded in 1863 by sailing enthusiasts from Ghent (surely the source of the burgee colours); originally active on the Leie (River Lys), the club was joined by motor boaters in 1906. Attempts to organize competitions on the Scheldt failed; instead, they were held on the canal linking Ghent to Terneuzen (Zealand, The Netherlands). Yachting rules are applicable in Belgium and the Netherlands, as the result of cooperation.
After the First World War, the RBSC moved from the Lys to above canal where Langerbrugge became the new base of operations but industrial expansion tended to drive yachters to the Scheldt. After the Second World War, during which there was some local activity on the Lys, the Terneuzen yachting port was opened (1947), again as a result of cross-border cooperation.
From 1951 Zeebrugge became a further base of operations; the club expanded, thanks in part to the growing number of vessel classes and additional bases such as Heusden, Duinbergen, and Het Zoute (both on what is now Knokke-Heist territory) were started. In 1995 further development of Zeebrugge yachting harbour begun, a process which has now been completed.

The burgee of the RBSC is horizontally divided black-white-black with a Royal crown in the middle of the white stripe.

Source: RBSC website

Jan Mertens & Ivan Sache, 4 April 2007

Royal Model Yacht Club de Bruxelles

[RMYCB burgee]

Burgee of RMYCB - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 May 2006

The Model Yacht Club de Bruxelles (website) was founded on 31 October 1935. In 1985, the club celebrated its jubilee and was granted the status of "Royal" by the King of the Belgians. The RMYCB has been officially supported by the Belgian Navy since 1972.
The club house of the RMYCB is located in the community house of Jette. Its members sailed on the pond of Terneuken, located in Watermael-Boitsfort until 2003, when an invasion of algae forced them to move to the pond of Tervuren.

The badge of RMYCB shows a white burgee with a red (horizontal arm) and green (vertical) arm cross; it seems that the intersection of the arms is made of four triangles. Green and red are the traditional colours of Brussels.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2006

Royal Sporting Club de l'Administration Communale de Bruxelles

[RSCAB burgee]

Burgee of RSCAB - Image by António Martins, 26 June 2007

The RSCAB (website) was founded in 1935 for the members of the Brussels municipal adminsitration; it is based along the canal linking Brussels to the river Rupel and, eventually, to Antwerp. The Laeken Royal Palace is on the other side. The club started out as a multidisciplinary entity but now concentrates on sailing and motor boating.

The burgee of the RSCAB, as shown on the club emblem, is divided by a white horizontal Y into three red (upper hoist), green (lower hoist) and blue (fly) fields. Although the complete emblem does not show the royal crown in a prominent position, the burgee shown on the website of the FFYB has a golden crown in a rather broad white area.

Jan Mertens, 2 March 2007