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Pyrénées-Atlantiques (Department, France): Yacht clubs and rowing clubs

Last modified: 2012-10-07 by ivan sache
Keywords: pyrenees-atlantiques | ur-yoko | saint-jean-de-luz | star (white) | bayonne | letters: snb (white) |
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Société Nautique de Bayonne

[Flag of SNB]

Flag of SNB - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 June 2012

The Société Nautique de Bayonne (SNB, locally known as la Nautique), today with three sections (rowing, pelota and gymnastics) was founded, as a rowing club, in 1875. In 1904, some members left the club to found Aviron Bayonnais, mostly known today as a rugby club.

The SNB was elected best French rowing club in 1911. The next year, the club's eight (Pierre Alvarez, Jean Arné, Joseph Campot, François Elichagaray [cox], Jean-Baptiste Elichagaray, Louis Lafitte, Marius Lejeune, Étienne Lesbats, Gabriel Saint-Laurent), then the best rowing club in France, represented France at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. During the same event, François Elichagaray served as the cox for the three French boats (coxed four; coxed four, inriggers; eights). SNB member Henri Souharce was part of the eight that competed at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. More recently, club members Hélène Ledoux and Lydie Dubedat were part of the team that ranked 5th in the final of cox four at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, being the first French women's team to compete in a final in the Olympic Games (the sports daily L'Équipe nicknamed them "the fantastic girls").

The flag of the SNB, as used during the club's general assembly (photo), is horizontally divided red-green with the white letter "SNB" all over.
Red and green are the traditional colours of Bayonne and of Basque Country.

Ivan Sache, 7 June 2012


[Burgee of Ur-Yoko]

Burgee of Ur-Yoko - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 December 2005

The rowing club Ur-Yoko (website), founded in 1910, is based in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
The burgee of Ur-Yoko is white with a red canton charged with a red star and the white letters "U Y" bordered in red in the main field of the flag.

Ivan Sache, 26 December 2005