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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

Results update as at 5 August

The website has been updated for both the Wednesday 2 and Summer 1 series.

Discards have now begun to kick in for the Wednesday 2 series and, after seven races, Steve F is comfortably in the lead with Colin C and David L tied for second place and with Barry S in fourth.

Sunday saw the final two races for Summer 2.  Colin C won both races and with it the overall lead for both the Laser fleet and club-wide handicap.  With a second and third each on the day, Andy C came second overall and David L third.  Andy C won the series on Personal Handicap with David L second and Colin C third.

Details of all results can be found from this page.

James Le C

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Sailing on Aldenham reservoir then

And now

And, we hope, in the future...


Club refines compromise plan as planning application awaited

A planning application by the owners of the Aldenham reservoir, Liberty Lake Leisure Limited, to develop holiday cabins along the eastern shore of the lake is now expected around the middle to late September. The application will go before the Hertsmere Borough Council. 

The club’s view is that the plans as published up til now would squeeze the sailing facilities so much that the club could not continue.

However, the club has put forward a compromise plan which it believes could accommodate much of the development while leaving the club with enough space to carry on. 

It remains to be seen whether Liberty Lake Leisure picks up this plan. So far, it has not responded.  

The compromise involves the sailing club giving up its current car park to allow for a “hub” building to service the cabins. The club would have parking on land behind the clubhouse, owned by Hertfordshire County Council. The clubhouse itself would remain (under the LLL proposal it would be pulled down) but storage sheds and part of the boat park would be moved.  

The ASC 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 Aldenham sailing club. 

The story was written by Nathan Louis, the local reporter for the paper, who recently spoke to the expert planner acting for the reservoir's owners, Liberty Lake Leisure Limited, and, before that, to the club's Commodore Bryan Forbes, who showed Nathan the club itself.  



The early birds 

The Aldenham reservoir is a wonderful habitat for birds and shows that humans and birds can co-exist. The photo above of a flock of Canada geese on the lawn from which Lasers are launched was taken before Sunday morning racing, with the sailing clubhouse in the background.  To the left of the Canada geese, not in the photo, there were two less familiar birds (see below). These turned out to be Egyptian geese, identified by their distinctive eye patch, pink legs and white wing patch.  They became established in Norfolk some time ago (probably escapees from an aviary) and are spreading westwards, as shown here. These are the birds you see on ancient papyrus paintings.  



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.