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Loire-Atlantique (Department, France): Yacht clubs

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Cercle Nautique La Baule Le Pouliguen Pornichet

[CNBPP]by Ivan Sache

Pornichet, La Baule and Le Pouliguen are three sea resorts located on the Atlantic Ocean, west of Nantes and Saint-Nazaire. They constitute a 10 km-long built-up area.

La Baule, self-proclaimed "the most beautiful beach in Europe" is a city of c. 15,000 inhabitants, the most famous of them being Marc Pajot, winner of the Route du Rhum transatalantic race in 1982. The name of the city comes from bol (bowl), which was the local name of the round sand dunes which surrounded the city. These dunes, which had buried the village of Escoublac, were fixed in 1840 with maritime pines planted on 400 hectares. The sea resort started to develop in 1879. Unfortunately, most of the beautiful villas of the late XIXth century were progressively destroyed, and huge buildings replaced them.
In 1930, the sea resort of La Baule-les-Pins was created east of La Baule, in the middle of the pine forest mentioned above.

Le Pouliguen was a small fishing port, which turned into a sea resort in 1854 when popularized by the writers Louis Veuillot and Jules Sandeau.

Pornichet was a village of salt merchants, which turned into a sea resort in 1860 when members of the Parisian jet-set, including the publisher Camille Flammarion, settled there. The city is divided into two parts, Vieux-Pornichet, the old city, and Pornichet-les-Pins, the sea resort.

The burgee of Cercle Nautique La Baule Le Pouliguen Pornichet is horizontally divided blue-light blue-blue with a white fimbriation between the blue stripes. The central light blue stripe is charged with the letters CNBPP in blue and a blue ermine. The ermine recalls that the area was part of the historical Brittany,

Source: CNBPP website

Ivan Sache, 16 July 2002


Club Nautique de Pornic

[CN Pornic]by Ivan Sache

Pornic is a city of 2,000 inhabitants located on the Atlantic Ocean on the Côte de Jade, in the Pays de Retz.

Club Nautique de Pornic was founded in 1886 as Société des Régates de Pornic and refounded in 1947. It has now a membership of 1,300.
The burgee of CNP is horizontally divided light blue-light green with big C and N in white placed vertically along the hoist and the word Pornic placed horizontally in the middle.

Source: CNP website

Ivan Sache, 16 July 2002


Société des Régates du Pouliguen

[Burgee of SRLP]by Ivan Sache

The burgee of SRLP is a triangular red flag with a blue border on the free edges, and a blue diamond with a white fimbriation, charged with a white star.

Source: Guide Vert Michelin Bretagne, edition 2001, showing a colour plate originally released by the SHOM (Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine), undated.

Ivan Sache, 16 October 2001


Sport Nautique de l'Ouest

[Flag of SNO]by Ivan Sache

Source: Guide Vert Michelin Bretagne, edition 2001, showing a colour plate originally released by the SHOM (Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine), undated.

Ivan Sache, 16 October 2001


Yacht Club de la Baule

[Flag of YCLB]by Ivan Sache

The burgee of YCLB is horizontally divided blue-yellow-blue-yellow-blue with Y.C.L.B. in yellow in the central blue stripe.

Source: YCLB website

Ivan Sache, 1 April 2005

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