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by José Carlos Alegría
I am on the Committee of my local yacht club, which was founded nearly 40 years ago, we have a handsome flag. We are about the rewrite the club statutes, which shall include a written description of the flag. The club founders included a German aristocrat (Baron Bach, from Hamburg) and I think that may well have something to do with the fact that it is rather similar to the old German Imperial [war] flag, though on a red ground with a green canton. There is a royal crown in the green canton, as King Juan Carlos of Spain allowed us to be a 'royal' yacht club a few years ago. Do you know if this white/black/white cross has any special name, and if it is derived in any way from the cross of St John?
John Lynch-Cummins, 8 November 1999
I believe this cross which bears obvious resemblance to the one on the 1871-1918 German Imperial Ensign has its origin in the Teutonic Order's cross (or rather, I seem to recall, that of its Grand Master) which was a black cross potent, fimbriated white and black.
Santiago Dotor, 11 November 1999
Real Club Náutico de Puerto Pollensa (Balearic Islands). John Lynch-Cummins wrote to FOTW to share his interest in defining his Club's flag in order to include it in the institution's standing rules. I wish there were many more Club officers like John, who is putting so much interest on their flag. We have written to each other several times, and I would like now to contribute to the list with the flag.
The Club was founded in 1961. One of the members of the first governing board was Baron Dieter von Bach, from Hamburg, Germany; and it seems he had a great influence in choosing the flag. A traditional German cross over the Hanseatic red colour, with the royal Spanish crown on a green canton. The shade of green most similar given to me by Mr. Lynch-Cummins was RGB 0-100-70, and the closest BSP shade I found was 0-102-51.
José Carlos Alegría, 21 November 1999