Q: What is the history of yacht club burgees and code flags?
A: Club burgees, code flats and symbols are steeped in history and tradition. An institution exceeding a century of practice.
Yacht Club Burgees
As early as 1875 burgee flags were flown as a distinguishing custom designed flag to indicate the ship owners 'private signal'. This 'private signal', unique to each ship was flown from the tallest mast used as a communication system. The burgee was a signal to help pilot the ship to land, and for safe entry to port the ship was guided by a corresponding code flag signal. Flags were the communication tool at sea and shore, aiding navigation for safe ocean passage (Burgee- French origin 'bourgeois' ship owner).
Starting in the 1900's burgees were flown as a distinguishing flag to indicate a Yacht Club affiliation. Each Club has a unique distinctive pendent design bearing color of the club. The burgee is to indicate a yacht club membership and flown as symbol of the yacht club or sailing organization.
International Code Flags
Code flags originated in the 1800's used as an internationally understood system which include 26 flags. Each flag depicts a letter of the alphabet. The primary colors of red, blue, yellow, black and white are used as due to their vibrancy and ability to be distinguished at sea.
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A: Sunbrella fabrics are world-renowned for their incredible versatility, softness, and durability for long-term performance both inside and outdoors. This fabric is solution-dyed acrylic, a distinct dyeing process engineered to provide the following performance qualities. Sunbrella fabrics are made in the USA.
Q: How do I care for my Sunbrella® fabric pillows?
A: The fabric dye process is inherently resistant to water, dirt, spills, and stains. If cleaning is necessary, please follow below:
Simply blot liquid spills with a clean, dry cloth or clean dried-on stains with soap and water in combination with a sponge or soft bristle brush. For even more stubborn stains, use a diluted mixture of bleach and water to clean these fabrics without any impact on the color vibrancy.
Soak fabric in a solution of ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a sponge or soft bristle brush to lightly agitate the spill. Then rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and allow fabric to air dry.
Turn inside out, close zipper. Machine wash cold on delicate cycle with normal amount of laundry detergent. For severe mold or mildew, add ¼ cup bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.
For larger spills, 'spot cleaning' is not a problem, with no residual stain! One cup of coffee spilled, rinse with water, light wipe with sponge, use soap, if necessary, air dry- No Stain, Easy!
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- Manufacturing dye process is unique which conserves more water than the industry traditional dye process.
- "Recycle My Sunbrella" program allows U.S. customers to return old Sunbrella remnants are repurposed into new recycled new Sunbrella fabrics.
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Q: Are Sunbrella® fabrics eco friendly?
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