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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

Enterprise Open - 29 September 2019

Despite the (sometimes) scary looking forecast, the sailing conditions turned out to be very manageable for the participants with a fairly steady south westerly - average wind speeds were as advertised at F3-F4 but without the really high gusts, or worse still lightning, that formed part of some forecasts.  A course was set and, following a quick briefing, racing got underway shortly after 11:00 with a slightly different format of 2 races, lunch and then 2 more races to conclude.  This was around the same overall race time but it seemed to work well in the conditions, allowing time for some to bail out or take a break.

Visitors Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens got away to clean starts and built up early leads in the first three races, sealing 1st place overall with three wins and one discard for the final race.  Racing in the rest of the fleet was very close at times.  The consistent pairing were Les Smith/Peter Scott with a 2-2-(3)-3 set of results.  One would expect this to give them second overall.  However Duncan Jenkins/Beth Dancer who, despite an early capsize just off the pontoon before the first race, came from the back of the fleet after the first race, overtaking both Les/Peter and Mike Hogg/John Clark on points to take 2nd place overall and first ASC boat with (5)-3-2-1.

Overall, we had three capsizes throughout the day, none requiring outside assistance and all recovered to continue racing.  At times, spells of rain came in with virtually no wind.  De-rigging ashore was particularly wet but a good day was had by all. 

Many thanks to the Laser fleet led by Fleet Captain Colin Carver, Race Officer James Le Couilliard and able helpers on the water and in the galley.

 

Results can be found here
Photos can be found here
Video can be found here

 

Words by Hilgard Muller, Class Captain Enterprise Fleet

 

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News

Reservoir owner puts in development plans

Threat to future of the club

The owner of the Aldenham reservoir, Liberty Lake Leisure Limited, has told the MP for St Albans Anne Main that it has lodged a planning application to develop holiday cabins, with a cafe and offices in a "hub" building, along the eastern shore of the lake. This, in the club's view, means that the ASC would not be left enough space on shore to operate as a proper sailing club.

In a letter to the MP, Liberty Lake says that the club "will need to change the way it operates, as the existing club house does not form part of the scheme."  i.e. it will be pulled down. The current jetties would be kept and a new "look-out" building (from which races would be run) would be put up next to them. Boats could be stored in a "dedicated area".

The letter continues: "However, they will have the option of using the facilities at the hub building" or could build another clubhouse. It warns that if the ASC "chooses not to change the way it operates, there is potential for another sailing club operator to take advantage of the opportunity." It is clear from the letter that Liberty Lake Leisure has turned down the club's offer of a compromise under which the club would reduce its footprint but could continue to operate while the development could largely go ahead. 

We understand that it may take up to the three weeks for the application documents to appear on the website of the local authority, Hertsmere Borough Council. There is a process of validation to make sure that the application is complete and ready for assessment. 

ASC Commodore Bryan Forbes said: "At this stage we can say that we take issue with, and strong exception to, a number of assertions in the letter and are considering how best to deal with them."

 

On the Water 

Enterprise Open Day, Sunday 29th September

Many more photos here

And a video here

An afternoon out with the Juniors

We spent Sunday afternoon 22nd September watching Junior Training, led by instructor Barry Steel and with Nick Cooke , Junior Training Coordinator. 

 

Many more photos here

And a video here

And a reminder of the veterans from 21st August:  photos and a short video

Bart's Bash

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 

More photos

And some new photos here

 

 

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.