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Paris (Department and Municipality, France): Yacht clubs and rowing clubs

Last modified: 2019-04-06 by ivan sache
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Cercle de la Voile de Paris

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Flag and burgee of CVP - Images by Ivan Sache, 12 May 2001

Cercle de la Voile de Paris (CVP, website) was founded in 1868, as the merger of Cercle des Voiliers de la Basse-Seine and Cercle des Yachts de Paris.
CVP was initially base in Argenteuil, a port on the Seine downstream from Paris that was a main center of recreational and sport boating at the time, and has been very often illustrated by the Impressionnist painters. In 1893, the yacht club moved further downstream to Les Mureaux, where it is still basec today. With a membership of more than 300 members, CVP has kept its social seat in Paris.
The highest achievement of CVP was the gold medal won by club member Jacques Lebrun in the Olympic Games of Los Angeles (1932).

The flag of CVP is red with a white lozenge touching the edges of the flag and a blue star in the middle. It was designed at the end of the 19th century by the painter Morel-Fatio, Curator of the Marine Museum in Paris.
The companion burgee of CVP can be seen, for instance, in the Grand Larousse du XXe Siècle (1928).

Ivan Sache, 12 May 2001

Union des Plaisanciers Français


Burgee of UPF - Image by Ivan Sache, 17 December 2004

Union des Plaisanciers Français (UPF, website) was founded in Paris in 1962, for the national promotion of coastal and deep-sea sailing cruises. The motto of the club is Naviguez plus loin avec l'UPF (Sail further with UPF).
The burgee of UPF is blue with a white border and a white star.

Ivan Sache, 17 December 2004

Union Nationale pour la Course au Large


Burgee of UNCL - Image by Ivan Sache, 25 January 2004

Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL, website) was founded in 1971 by the merging of Union Nationale des Croiseurs (founded in 1913 by René de Saint-Père) and Groupement pour la Course au Large (founded in 1960 by Alain Maupas). Current membership is about 1,000.
UNCL formed an association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (United Kingdom) to establish international rules for open sea racing. The two clubs invented the CHS burden, replaced in 1999 by the IR2000 burden.

The burgee of UNCL is quartered blue-red-blue-red by a white cross. A white disc charged with an eight-ray yellow wind rose is placed over the cross.

Ivan Sache, 25 January 2004



Burgee of Rowing-Club - Image by Ivan Sache, 18 December 2004

The first rowing regattas that took place in Paris were won in 1834 by the famous "six" owned by the Prince of Joinville. In 1853, the teams from the boats Eva and Velleda founded together Société des Régates Parisiennes, which organized the same year the first skiff Seine Championship. The very same year, the Duke of Albuféra founded the Paris Rowing-Club. The two clubs merged in 1865 into the Rowing-Club (website). The new club set up the first classifications of the race boats according to their length and width and the first race rules. The Viscount of Châteauvillard was the first captain-coach of the Rowing-Club. His yawl Duc de Framboisie remained undefeated in France for four years. The Rowing-Club also won most of the regattas organized during the International Exhibition of 1867. Two years later, the glorious "four" Miss Aurore won 139 races in a single year.

After the 1870 war, several clubs seceded from the Rowing-Club: Cercle Nautique de France (1875), Société Nautique de la Marne (1876), Société d'Encouragement du Sport Nautique (1879), and Société Nautique de la Basse-Seine.
The Rowing-Club kept friendly links with Société Nautique de la Marne; the two clubs organized the Rowing-Marne contest. In the first European Championships (1904), the Rowing-Marne mixed eight won the title, which he defended victoriously the next year. In 1903, the Rowing-Club celebrated its 50th anniversary with the European title won in skiff by d'Heilly. The eight from the Rowing-Club won the Thames Challenge Cup in Henley in 1912.

Between the two World Wars, the rowers from the Rowing-Club won several national and international competitions and took part to the Olympic Games. The double-scull team Jacquet-Giriat, bronze medalist in the European Championships in 1935, was finalist in Berlin (1936).
After the Liberation, the Rowing-Club maintained its level, winning the inter-club championship in 1946 and several other national titles. The pair-oar Havlick-Rivière won the bronze in the European Championships in 1947.
In spring 1953, the Rowing-Club celebrated its centenary with international regattas organized in Paris and placed under the patronage of the President of the Republic.
In 1968, the the Rowing-Club moved its headquarters to a new, modern base located in Saint-Ouen, north of Paris.

The burgee of the the Rowing-Club is vertically divided blue-red with the white letters "R" and "C" in the blue and the red stripe, respectively. These are the colours of Paris.

Ivan Sache, 18 December 2004

Club Nautique du Luco


Burgee of CNL - Image by Ivan Sache, 21 January 2019

Club Nautique du Luco (CNL) is based in the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), a 23-ha garden located in the center of Paris. The Gardens, locally known as Luco, belongs to the Senate, which meets in the neighboring Luxembourg Palace; the estate was originally built in 1612 by Marie de' Medici (1575-1642; Queen consort, 1500-1610, and Regent, 1610-1617, of France and Navarre).

The Gardens are centered on an octagonal basin of water with a central statue topped by a jet of water, which is one of the most popular place for pond boating in Paris.
Pond boating on the basin started in 1881. A dozen of model, white-sailed boats kept in a cart could be rented. In 1922, Clément Paudeau purchased the concession and designed a multi-layered wooden cart to offer much more boats. He was succeeded in 1929 by his son, Pierre Paudeau, who became a talented wooden model boats designer. The emblematic Paudeau boats are white-sailed cutters, designed after the boats commonly used in Vendée in the early 20th century. From 1929 to his death in 1994, Pierre Paudeau served as a kind of admiral of the basin, training children to guide their boats with a small wooden stick and telling them naval stories. He was also a careful watcher of navigation of the basins; some familiars remember that he did not mind expelling adults who did not play by the rules.
Regattas ran on the basin are a matter of amazement for tourists and even, some say, for the Senators during breaks at the Luxembourg Palace.
[Ouest-France, 29 September 2013]

Club Nautique du Luco (website), an informal yacht club established in 2003 by a group of friends called Luconautes, is based on the north-eastern side of the basin. The Luconautes operate from 10:00 to 13:00 all kind of model boats: model sailboats, remote-controlled sailboats and motorboats, and even submarines.
The burgee of CNL is blue with a red border. Close to the hoist is a light green octagon bordered in red, representing the basin, charged with a model sailboat. The yellow letters "CNL" are placed horizontally at the octagon's right. Red was chosen as the dominant color in the Senate's website.
[CNL website]

Ivan Sache, 21 January 2019

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