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Grand Traverse Yacht Club (U.S.)

Michigan

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[Grand Traverse Yacht Club] image by Rob Raeside, 5 September 2018



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Grand Traverse Yacht Club, Michigan

Estb: 1960. Location: Traverse City, MI.
Burgee since 2012: Pennant 6:9 (print image). Red field fimbriated gold (three sides) separated from a blue area to hoist by an S-shaped line running from 1 unit on upper fly to 3 units on lower. White capital letters G T on upper red field and white capital letters YC on lower blue field.

"Originally the new burgee was without contesting trim, but on occasion white edges were used. Later versions added gold trim to bind the edges on the upper and lower fly.” [and hoist]."

"It was not until 2013 that the club burgee, in its current form, became defined by club policy."
Peter Edwards, 3 September 2018

Original Burgee

[Grand Traverse Yacht Club] image by Rob Raeside, 5 September 2018

First Edition: "The original burgee of the GTYC created in 1960 was the 'Twin Bays’ design, with unique representation of the whole Grand Traverse Bay oriented with the southern base of the bays along the hoist. West Bay running at the top of the pennant, and northern mouth of the bay at its point. The letters 'G' and 'T' were displayed vertically along the hoist, while Y and C were placed in the waters of the bay past Old Mission Point."
"In the first years of the Club a small number of club-owned burgees could be signed out by members for use.”
Peter Edwards, 3 September 2018

Burgee 1960

[Grand Traverse Yacht Club] image by Rob Raeside, 5 September 2018

Original Twin Bays Burgee Design: "The pennants were manufactured locally, and undoubtedly the complex nature of the construction of the detailed representation of the bays’ geography added to the cost and scarcity."
Peter Edwards, 3 September 2018

Burgee Mid/Late 60s

[Grand Traverse Yacht Club] image by Rob Raeside, 5 September 2018

Simplified Twin Bays Burgee Design: "A simplified geometric version of the Twin Bays was also used by the mid-60’s which refined the outline of the bays to two triangles."
Peter Edwards, 3 September 2018

Burgee 1971

[Grand Traverse Yacht Club] image by Rob Raeside, 5 September 2018

Second Design: "In the fall of 1971, member Lee Stephenson asked to present to the Board new designs for the burgee . . . "
Peter Edwards, 3 September 2018

Burgee 1972

[Grand Traverse Yacht Club] image by Rob Raeside, 5 September 2018

"By January 1972, member Marcia Schroeder developed the new design of what is now called the 'ying-yang' design of balanced and interlocking circles of red and blue with 'GT' in the blue portion above the red portion contains the ‘YC'. . . . This design, which would evolve to the present burgee, was approved by the board in March 1972."
Peter Edwards, 3 September 2018