Last modified: 2022-09-23 by rick wyatt
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image by Miles Li, 18 August 2022
At the start of the yacht club era, some yacht clubs in the USA would take
for years before they were able to obtain a suitable club house. For the time
being they would gather in members' houses, restaurants, hotel lobbies, whatever
would allow people to see each other.
Around the first turn of the century, people had become a bit more accustomed to yacht clubs and were more willing to make otherwise deserted buildings available to them. Also, more club houses had become available from clubs that had outgrown them, had merged away, or had disappeared. Thus, these 20th century clubs seem to have had less of a problem with finding houses. I would say clubs in general now considered a club house one of the prerequisites of starting a club.
Another century has turned, and in 2001 the Back Creek Yacht Club was intentionally created without a club house.
https://www.backcreekyc.org. They didn't want all the cons and pros of having a club house. Instead, they gather in members' houses, restaurants, hotel lobbies, whatever would allow people to see each other.
In the club's first year, Carole Campbell submitted the winning design for the club burgee – a composite of the “Bravo” and “Charlie” (BC) signal flags.
The club has the common flags for Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Rear Commodore, Fleet Captain, Secretary (two-quilt version) and treasurer. Mind you, with not having a club house comes not having a club pole, so I'm not sure where these flags are hoisted, but they are explicitly indicated to be the flags they are entitled to.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 17 August 2022