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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

Winter day 2 and other results - 12 January 2020

For technical, website related, reasons we don't yet fully understand we are unable to upload Sailwave results files at the moment hence only a summary of the results is set out below.

Autumn 2 finished on 22 December.  Going in to the final day any of Colin C, Tim Le C or Steve F could win.  But Steve did best on the day with a 1-2 beating Tim's 3-1 and Colin's 2-3, winning the Series in that order.  On Personal Handicap Mike W came out on top, on equal points with Colin but winning on count back with Tim in third.

Boxing Day saw only Steve F and David L out, finishing in that order.

New Year's Day saw Bazza out on the water in his Aero 7 for the first time in ages in what was a pretty light breeze.  But unfortunately for him, Steve F in his Laser and Hilgard M in his Enterprise, were ahead by the finish in that order.

The Winter series started on 5 January with eight boats out on a slightly depleted reservoir in a moderate breeze: four Lasers, three Ents and a Blaze.  Tim LeC took both races with Steve F and Richard H behind in the first, and James Le C and Les S, in his Enterprise, behind in the second.

Today saw day two of the Winter series in what was a really gusty, shifty day which showed Aldenham Reservoir's true character.  True character was also showed by the six boats that ventured afloat onto a significantly depleted water level as well as by the many shoreside helpers.  Launching and retrieval of boats required teamwork and new techniques by the jetties, but the team spirit that is being demonstrated by the club in these difficult times made it all possible and, previous preparations to enable a rescue launch be moored in deep enough water, made it safe.

Once afloat, James Le C and Colin C battled it out at the front of the first race with the lead swapping each time James capsized in a gust, or shift, or both.  By the end Colin was just ahead but it was a cracking race which Kelvin J and Andy C also finished in that order.  With a second race held back-to-back to avoid the faff of returning to the shore, James Le C and Colin C again battled from the start but the latter survived a stonking gust at the gybe mark better and managed to edge into a commanding lead.

So, two days in to a ten week series and after applying two discards, Colin C is leading with Tim Le C second and James Le C third.  On Personal Handicap, it is Colin then James then Richard H.

James Le C

 

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Planning Application Withdrawn! 

The owners of the Aldenham reservoir, Liberty Lake Leisure Limited, have withdrawn their application to build fifty holiday pods and associated hub buildings along the eastern shore. This was confirmed to us in an email on Tuesday morning 14th January by Rachel Marber, the Hertsmere Borough Council planning officer in charge of the case. The application was due to have been considered by the planning committee on 20th February. The planning officers had recommended its rejection on the grounds that the development does not meet the standard of very special circumstances which is required for development in the Green Belt. 

Sailing Club Commodore Bryan Forbes said: "We are pleased but not surprised. It is a sensible decision. However we remain on full alert over the threat to the water level in the reservoir and are consulting engineering and legal experts to see what our options are." 

Meanwhile the water level continues to drop. See the photo below of the sluice gate fully open and gushing. Liberty Lake Leisure say they will reduce it by one metre initially, based on the advice of an engineer’s report on the state of the dam and that there will be a further inspection after that. The sailing club, on behalf of all lovers of the lake, argues that the report does not justify this action. 

A permanent fall of one metre in the water level would certainly affect sailing on the lake. Launching and recovery of boats would be much harder and the sailing area reduced.  

Paul Reynolds, Publicity Officer 

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