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Saint-Cloud (Municipality, Hauts-de-Seine, France)

Last modified: 2012-08-04 by ivan sache
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Flag of Saint-Cloud - Image by Jean-François Blanc, 18 March 1999

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Flag of Saint-Cloud

The flag of Saint-Cloud is a banner of the municipal arms, showing a fleur-de-lis and a bishop's crozier. St. Cloud (Clodoald) was a bishop of the Royal Merovingian family (c. 522- c 560).

Jean-François Blanc, 18 March 1999

Hélice Club de France

[Helice Club de France]

Burgee of Hélice Club de France - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 May 2012

Hélice Club de France was founded in 1889 in the early years of powerboating.
In 1900, the club organized "international races for powered boats" in Argenteuil, on behalf of the Union des Yachts Français (renamed Yacht Club de France in 1902). Powerboating, as a demonstration sport, was part of the "contests of physical exercize and sports of the International Exhibition", aka the Paris 1900 Olympic Games; powerboating was included in the official program of the Olympic Games only one time, in 1908 (London). The 1900 races were ran on distances ranging from 50-78 km by four categories of boats: less than 6.50 m, 6,50 m to 8 m, 8 m to 10 m, and 10 m to 15 m. For the first time in official contests, the internal combustion-powered boats defeated the steam-powered boats.
In 1903, Hélice Club de France and the Cercle de la Voile de Paris organized a deep-sea race between Calais and Dover (35 km), a 100-km circuit race on the Seine between Poissy and Meulan, and even a 200-km race in the Seine between Paris and Trouville. These events triggered the interest of the French Army and Navy for powerboats, deemed especially useful for river boating in the colonies.

Source: Les inventions capitales qui expliquent la naissance de l'hydraviation, by Gérard Hartmann

The burgee of Hélice Club de France is white with a red border, a blue propeller at hoist and a blue star at fly.

Ivan Sache, 26 May 2012