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image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 13 February 2011
Gayle Rollins, manager of the SJIYC, helped me write a report for the San Juan Island Yacht Club:
The burgee of the San Juan Island Yacht Club (www.sjiyc.com/) was adopted on 16 July 1964. It's 3:5, consisting of five stripes of blue and yellow parallel to its lower edge. No specific meaning is known for the colours or the design. The club flies a flag with this design and ratio from the clubhouse as well.
With Gayle's help, I found the relevant article of the club's by-laws www.sjiyc.com/ByLaws.htm#_Toc34534376:
Article X Distinguishing Signals, Pennants, Etc.
It was a sunny day on the first Sunday in May 1964 that the San Juan Island Yacht Club was conceived. A group of new boat owners were working on their boats Saturday down at Jensen's Shipyard, and while they stopped for a rest and visited, someone suggested a picnic cruise to one of the other islands the next day. They agreed on Sucia... So it was.... a flotilla of seven boats that set out the next morning." (Marie Collins, May 1987 Mud Flat Monitor). While the group enjoyed a picnic around the bonfire, one man suggested that they try to start a new yacht club to have many more such trips. They all decided then and there to begin organizing the next day.Today, the San Juan Island Yacht Club does have its own clubhouse, and its membership has grown to over 300 active boaters.
On Monday morning May 7, the group met and started the specific arrangements. On May 27, 1964, the San Juan Island Yacht Club was registered as a nonprofit corporation, with 102 charter memberships. The Club's objectives and organization were essentially as they are today. On May 28, the first Board was elected, and at that meeting one member suggested that a building committee be "named at once." That suggestion was declined.
The Club burgee was adopted on July 16, 1964, in the form that it exists today, although the record does not reflect that it is to be flown with the long blue edge down. By the end of July there were 203 memberships. During that and the following months, the Club cruising and meeting programs were developed.