The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Burgees: BCA and Ham Radio

Donna Sassaman

Spencer 44
September 19th, 2022

According to Wikipedia:

“A burgee is a distinguishing flag, regardless of its shape, of a recreational boating organization. In most cases, they have the shape of a pennant.”

The Bluewater Cruising Association’s pennant-shaped burgee has remained unchanged throughout BCA’s history. Designed by founding members David and Teresa Lucas, it features a blue sky with the sun on the horizon of a deep blue sea – so evocative of adventuring offshore. For a number of years, member Lana Wong has done a fabulous job keeping us supplied with burgees.

BCA Burgee

Recently, one of my ham radio colleagues learned about the existence of a marine ham radio burgee and thought there might be enough cruising hams to warrant ordering new burgees. The designer loaned his only copy of the burgee to my colleague, who asked me if I knew someone who could make them. Lana immediately sprang to mind!

If you have a valid ham radio call sign, consider adding the marine ham burgee to your burgee halyard. Flying your ham radio marine burgee will let other ham operators on the water know that you’re in the area!

Lana has made them strong and reinforced the leading edge with netting to reduce fraying.

Marine Ham Burgee

The burgees are offered at $30 plus postage. Send Jay an email to order yours.


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