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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

Autumn 2 - Results for 15 December 2019

Day four of Autumn 2 was much like day 3: decent racing in planing conditions from the WSW in sunshine and not too cold.  The first race saw six Lasers out.  After being beaten off the start line by his father, Tim Le C quickly worked his way to the front to be followed by James Le C then Steve F and Colin C with Mike W and David L having their own battle a bit further back.  Everyone survived a few quite lively gusts without testing the water temperature and eventually finished in that order.

Tim and James had to duck out of race two but the remaining four had what looked to be a similar race and a similar set of results.

Next weekend sees the final day of Autumn 2.  With five races to count, by my reckoning any of Tim, Colin and Steve could win...   The results for the series so far can be found here
 

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News

 

Good News and Bad News 

 

Planning officers for Hertsmere Borough Council have decided to oppose the plan put forward by the owners of Aldenham reservoir to develop the eastern shore which would obliterate the sailing club.

The officer in charge of the case, Rachel Marber, has written to the owners, Liberty Lake Leisure Limited, suggesting that they withdraw the application but LLL have refused and will take their application to the Planning Committee. 

Rachel Marber explained to members of the sailing club committee that she recommended rejection of the proposal on two grounds – first, that it was inappropriate development on the Green Belt without the “very special circumstances” needed for an exemption and second that it did not offer proper facilities to the sailing club. 

Liberty Lake Leisure want to build 50 “pods”, that is holiday cabins, along the shore, supported by new “hub” buildings and a 79-bay car park. They say that the development is needed to generate profits for the upkeep of the reservoir dam. 

The target date for a decision is currently mid-January but given the paperwork involved and the Christmas break, it is likely that this will slip until February. 

A significant aspect of the planning officers’ decision is that even if Liberty Leisure offered the club a compromise under which the club could continue to operate with like for like facilities, any development would still face the Green Belt hurdle.

 

Threat to drop water level

 

However, since then, we have received an email from the reservoir owners telling us that, following a report on the state of the dam, they propose to drop the level of the water by one metre starting on 16th December.

This would obviously be a great blow to us as it would significantly impact sailing. We have sent a solicitors letter to LLL to ask them to give us details of the dam report and await a reply.  All local interests, including Hertfordshire County Council and Hertsmere Borough Council, are aware of the threat and are taking their own action to follow it up. More as and when. 

 

The planning application can be seen and studied here.

 

Working Party 3rd November 2019

Maintaining the club - working parties volunteer twice a year

More photos here 

And a short video here

 

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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.