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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

Racing update as at 7 July

Today saw thirteen competitors challenging to win the John Lawrence Trophy as the prize for the Club's Summer Championships.   The light and fickle easterly (at times) wind made it difficult to set the required personally handicapped start sequence for the two races, but as each race came to its climax, exactly 40 minutes after the slowest boats had started, the front runners were close!

In the first race William James made the best of his early start and led for much of the race before being slowly overhauled by Colin Carver in another Laser and Duncan Jenkins ably crewed by first time afloat Beth in his father's Enterprise.  At the finish Colin narrowly led from Duncan/Beth followed by the Lasers of Andy Crosher and Steve Fischer.

The second race saw Marcus Flint take an early lead in his RS300 but the fickle wind enabled Colin, Duncan/Beth, Steve and Andy all to creep through for a very close (and subjective) finish in that order. 

Once ashore the John Lawrence Trophy was awarded to Colin and all enjoyed the Club's summer BBQ.

The results for these Club Champs, Summer 1 series - which resumes on Sunday and is currently being led by Colin - and Wednesday 2 series - which is also being led by Colin.... - can be all be found from this page.

James Le C

 

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Threat to Aldenham Sailing Club

Aldenham Sailing Club is deeply concerned about a proposal from the owners of the Aldenham reservoir, Liberty Lake Leisure Limited, to develop the eastern shore of the lake. LLL wants to build fifty "accommodation pods" (cabins) along the shore plus a central "hub" building with offices, a cafe, toilets and parking. The sailing club would be confined to a narrow access point to the lake but its clubhouse and storage sheds would be pulled down. In the opinion of the club, the ASC could not continue.

The club has therefore engaged in an extensive lobbying and information campaign and at the same time has offered its own compromise under which the club would give up its current car park (where the hub would be built) in exchange for parking on land behind the club. However, this compromise has not not been accepted by LLL. 

The local planning authority, Hertsmere Borough Council, has not yet received any planning application for the scheme. But the issue has already been raised at a council meeting, where the specific threat to the sailing club was mentioned. The council has a procedure under which members of the public can put questions in a council meeting and a local activist and academic at Middlesex University, Dr Dan Ozarow, who is also chair of the Hertsmere Labour Party, did just that about the Liberty Lake development proposal. The council meetings are on a webcast and here is the webcast for Wednesday 10 July during which Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, the Planning Portfolio Holder, answered on behalf of the council and Dan Ozarow asked a follow-up question. (The relevant part begins at 17 minutes and 30 seconds). Here is another link to the same extract: 

https://hertsmere.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/423638/start_time/581000

It was useful from the club's point of view that the club's future was signalled at a council meeting. This is a crucial element of the ASC argument - that what is on offer from LLL is not sufficient for a sailing club to operate. 

 

Club Championship for John Lawrence Trophy 7 July

 

For photos see here and for a video see here

 

Paul Reynolds, Publicity Officer 

 

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Training

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.