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According to Pedersen's (1979) list, the Danish yacht club ensigns are as follows:

Basic pattern: Dannebrog with swallow tail, various letters and emblems in upper hoist red field (canton).

The flag regulations of Kjøbenhavns Amatør-Sejlklub - Copenhagen Amateur Yacht Club - http://hjem.get2net.dk/kas/flagreglement.htm mentions that (translated):

  • The national flag can be flown by all Danish pleasure craft without special permission.
  • The yacht flag (the split flag) is the Danish naval flag with the letters YF in gold in the upper square. The colour is dark red with a white cross. According to the proclamation of the Ministry of State's on 11 October 1957 on the use of yacht flags, this yacht flag can be used by such Danish fulldeck craft (halfdeck craft) as are intended for pleasure use only. ... According to the Ministry of Justice (1979), the yacht flag can not be used on land.
  • Several Royal resolutions (replace by appropriate type of declaration) from 1873-1899 give specific sail clubs and row clubs permission to display special distinguishing marks in the upper square of the flag.
If we can trust their thoroughness, and they are even more thorough than I'm quoting, then I'd say the permission to use special distinguishing marks is an additional permission, and doesn't take away the existing permission to use either a yacht ensign or a national flag.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 20 June 2001

General yacht flag (no specific club)

[Royal Danish Yacht Club] by Jose C. Alegria Diaz, 25 January 2000

"Y.F." in yellow. Approved by Royal resolution of 15 August 1865.

The Y.F. flag is a general yacht flag for no specific club. I wonder if the clubs that are authorized other flags are allowed to use this generic flag instead of their own (e.g., when they don't have it available)? There are specific clubs authorized similar flags with additional symbols (stars, rose), or entirely different symbols replacing Y.F.
Jose C. Alegria Diaz
, 25 January 2000

On a visit to Denmark I saw quite a lot of Yacht Flags. Variations include, the size of the Y.F., from so modest its height is not a quarter of the height of the first quarter to so bold a spanning rectangle would take more than half the surface of that first quarter, letters in gold-paint and letters in bright yellow, letters and dots outlined in black (!), and flag colours from bright red to almost violet. Unfortunately I didn't manage to speak to owners of the latter colour of flag to ask whether it was meant to be Navy-red, and if so, why. Unfortunate, since these were the only flags that were noticeably darker.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 August 2001


Kongelig Dansk Yachtclub (Royal Danish Yacht Club)

[Kongelig Dansk Yachts] by Jose C. Alegria Diaz, 25 January 2000

"Y.F." and three gold stars. Royal resolutions of 28.
February 1873 and 25. July 1891.

The Kongelig Dansk Yachtclub (http://www.kdy.dk) was founded 3 July 1866 as Dansk Forening for Lystsejlads. Currently the only all-Denmark and biggest yacht club, with 2000 members. With its 25th anniversary King Christian IX granted the club the right to call itself "Kongelig Dansk Yachtclub and later that same year the current standard was introduced. In this same year it apparently also received the Royal Privilege. I wonder what the earlier, 1873, privilege allowed?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 August 2001


Smalandenes Sejlselskab

"Y.F." and two crossed letters "S" in gold. Royal resolution of 30. July 1882.
Jose C. Alegria Diaz, 25 January 2000


Dansk Forening for Rosport

"D.F.f.R." over two crossed oars in gold. Royal resolution of 14 March 1888.
Jose C. Alegria Diaz, 25 January 2000

The Oars are symmetric, broad sides up, and have what look like small cross-bars at the lower ends to signify the way they are held in the holes.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 August 2001


Randers Sejlklub

[Randers Sejlklub Yachts] by Jose C. Alegria Diaz, 25 January 2000

"Y.F." and fivepointed gold star. Royal resolution of 18. May 1899.
Jose C. Alegria Diaz, 25 January 2000


Centralforeningen for jydske Roklubber

"C.F.j.R." over two crossed oars in gold. Royal resolution of 3. April 1897. 
Jose C. Alegria Diaz, 25 January 2000


Soro Sejlforening

"Y.F." and 'cistercian rose' in blue and white. Royal resolution of 18. May 1899. 
Jose C. Alegria Diaz, 25 January 2000


International sailing canoes of Dansk Kajak-Forbund

"D.K.F." in gold. Royal resolution of 18 July 1934.


Sea scouts of Det Danske Spejderkorps

[Sea Scouts] by Joe McMillan, 9 February 2000

Anchor on scout lily (colours not mentioned). Royal resolution of 17. February 1949.


Sea Scouts of the K.F.U.M. (=YMCA)

Gold anchor with triangle containing a scout lily, all in gold. Royal resolution of 21. February 1950. 
Jose C. Alegria Diaz, 25 January 2000


Copenhagen Amateur Sailing Club

[Copenhagen Amateur Sailing Club] by Ivan Sache, 8 May 2000

White pennant with a red cross and a red star in canton.
Ivan Sache, 8 May 2000


Middelfart Sejlklub and Middelfart Sejlforening

Founded in 1910, merged with Middelfart Sejlforening 195?-1966. Moved to new marina 1980. (See Broforeningen Haug.) http://www.sailtime.dk/middelfart Middelfart Sejlforening also moved to the new marina. Apparently it has picked a new burgee at some point (after the split?) as it now has: Violet with in a white circle the black silhouette of the new Little Baelt Bridge (built shortly before 1970, I think).
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 August 2001


Broforening Haug

White over red with in black an H over an anchor. (Not really a Yachtclub, but I group it here for geographical reasons.)  Haug is the beach on the south side of the North-Western tip of Fyn, on the North side of which lies the original city of Middelfart. One gets the impression that for nearly a century this group of fishermen had a little jetty here for their boats, until Middelfart expanded over the hill towards the South and suddenly noticed it had a southward looking coastline here, and developed it in the late 1970-s into a big marina enveloping the modest work of the fishermen.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 August 2001


KalvÝ Baadelaug

ca. 3:5:3 green, white, blue, tapering, with over all K over B in black at the hoist and a black fish from 1/6th of the length to 2/3 of the length in the white.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 August 2001


RudkÝbing Sejlklub

I saw two versions of this burgee.  The old burgees are white, blue border all around and 3 fish swimming flyward. New burgees are white, blue border along the free edges and 3 fish swimming hoistward. Although white, 3 fish swimming dexter, is the shield of RudkÝbing, and the club's site shows a burgee like the old ones.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 August 2001


Traeskibs Sammenslutningen

Not a yacht club burgee, but also in the sejler leksikon, Traeskibs Sammenslutningen has a web page at http://www.traeskib.dk. A white pennant with a black "virgin block" representing the interests of the heritage of wooden ships, and their owners/preservers.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 August 2001