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Aldenham Sailing Club is a small friendly dinghy racing sailing club near Watford. Within easy reach of Hertfordshire and North London our main interest is to provide facilities and lively competition for our members. We also welcome and provide training for those new to sailing. 
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Racing Results

Bart's Bash write up


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Eleven boats – comprising Lasers, Enterprises, a Comet, a GP14 and a Topper – went out to race on Bart’s Bash Day and were met with shifty winds, mainly from the West and very light.  Race Officers Colin and Les eventually set a course with two beats at right angles to each other and were fortunate that the wind was coming from the right direction for the start.  Jeff Haggerty timed his start well in his Comet followed by Mark Dickinson, but they were caught by Mike Wilcock and Kelvin Jones before the windward mark.  Mike built up a good lead only to lose it again when the wind came from the opposite side of the lake.  Thereafter Mike and Kelvin swopped places back and forth for the rest of the race eventually sailing each other up under the trees on the last leg.  Meanwhile Kevin Cox and Richard Holmes who were competing for third and forth, also sailed up under the trees but Kevin stayed just far enough out to keep the wind and stole the win over the water on the finishing line.  However - once handicaps were taken into account - Jeff Haggerty had done enough to win in his Comet by some two minutes on corrected time.

It was good to see two Juniors, Caitlin and Max Cooke, joining in the race and three more Junior sailors sailed in the short Fun Race afterwards, expertly ‘Mother Ducked’ by Richard Holmes round the course.

£60 was collected for charity and has been forwarded to the Andrew Simpson Foundation.

Details of all results can be found from this page.

Les Smith


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On the Water 

On Sunday 15th September, Aldenham Sailing Club played its part in the international racing festival known as Bart's Bash. See race report on left. Bart's Bash commemorates the death of British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson in an America's Cup training accident in 2013. There is now a foundation in his memory and one of the purposes of the day is to raise funds for this foundation, which supports wider participation in sailing. 



A calm day for Bart's Bash 

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Enterprise Open Day Sunday 29th September

This will again be a joint Eastern, Broads and Thames Valley area event. Notice of Race on ASC website.  This includes Sailing instructions and contact link for Class Captain Hildgard Muller.   First race 1100. £10 entry fee. £5 for lunch (free tea and coffee).


In the News

It was good to see the MP for Hertsmere Oliver Dowden (the club's local MP) give support to the club over its concerns about potential development of the Aldenham reservoir. The reservoir's owners, Liberty Lake Leisure Limited, have proposed building holiday cabins along one shore with parking and a hub building and the club reckons that it would be left with too little space to carry on sailing.  It has proposed a compromise under which it would give up its own car park and which it believes would accommodate both interests. Oliver Dowden was shown round the club by one of our members recently and had this to say in his summer newsletter to constituents: 

"It was great to visit Aldenham Reservoir which I’ve known and loved since childhood. Many people have contacted me about the proposal for a new nature retreat. It is vitally important that we do not damage the Reservoir’s wonderful open spaces, retain access to it and ensure the Sailing Club has a future. Equally, any new planning application should not lead to larger changes further down the line. I've been on to both Hertsmere Borough Council and Liberty Lake Leisure to raise these concerns and press for clarification of their plans for the future of the Reservoir and the Club."

The Aldenham Sailing Club Commodore Bryan Forbes says: "The best solution would be one which everyone could sign up to - the club would retain enough space to operate properly and Liberty Leisure would get most of the development it wants. Our proposal would do that." 

The Watford Observer published a story online on Saturday 10th August about the development plans and the implications for the sailing club. 

A planning application from Liberty Lake Leisure is expected soon. 


Illusions racing on Aldenham reservoir Wednesday 21 August.  The Illusion is a cut-down version of a 12 meter yacht, designed in 1981. It appeals mainly to veteran sailors. 

Here are some more photos

And a short video


Sailing on Aldenham reservoir then

And now

And, we hope, in the future...


Paul Reynolds, Publicity Officer 

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Aldenham Sailing Club provides training for Club members and over the years has helped many people, young and not so young, to develop their sailing skills.