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Club Nautique Voile Aix-les-Bains

[CNV Aix-les-Bains]by Ivan Sache

Aix-les-Bains is a thermal spa of ca. 25,000 inhabitants, located on the Bourget Lake (4,500 ha).
Remains of the Roman thermae have been preserved. The city was then named Aquae Gratianae (aqua, as water, gave its name to several spas such as Aix-en-Provence, Ax-les-Thermes and Aix-la Chapelle [Aachen]). In the XIXth century, the thermal baths became one of the most famous in Europe and were visited by the poet Lamartine, who wrote there his well-known poem Le Lac (the Lake), Queen Victoria, King George III of Greece etc. The modern thermal baths were inaugurated in 1864, enlarged in 1934 and fully renovated in 1972.

The Club Nautique Voile Aix-les-Bains has a blue burgee with the French Tricolore in canton and a red lozenge charged with a yellow star in the middle.
The French Tricolore in canton seems weird. Since the yacht club was founded in 1882, I guess the French flag was added to the burgee because Savoy had been only recently annexed to France (1865).

Source: CNVA website

Ivan Sache, 13 May 2001

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