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Sailing Club Seeking New Home

Membership gives mandate
At the December AGM, the membership gave a resounding vote to the Club's Commodore and Management Committee to pursue options for a new sailing base within the local area. Members noted the volunteer/community club has been a year-round local amenity safely serving for 80 years members of all ages (from 8 years to over 80), and local schools, been host to Open Meetings and recognised as an RYA Training Establishment introducing hundreds of children and adult to the sport. The members asked that the options should be fully explored during 2021 and recommendations put to the vote in December 2021.
The new Commodore Richard Jenkins, who had first learnt to sail at Aldenham in the early 70s said: "Aldenham Sailing Club members who cherish the sport dearly have given their overwhelming support to a campaign to seek a venue in the locality which will serve a community of all ages and enable local schools to enjoy what is truly a sport for all. The management team have set a course to leave no stone unturned in 2021 in the search for a new home."
It was with great sadness that Aldenham Sailing Club had to announce in the spring of 2020 that it had terminated its lease with the owners of Aldenham reservoir and that it would no longer be sailing there. Its boats have been removed and many of its members have moved to other clubs. It is another sad development in the current history of the reservoir. No more will boats and sails be seen on the jewel in the crown of Hertsmere which is left to an uncertain future with a diminished water level, increased mudflats, a rough-looking beach along the dam and, according to the owners, an insufficient source of income for the maintenance of the dam.  Haberdashers’ and Aldenham schools, which also sailed on the water, and disabled and veteran sailing club members who use special boats have had to seek sailing elsewhere. 
The club has not been sailing since January 2020, when the reservoir owners, Liberty Lake Leisure Limited, dropped the water level by one metre, arguing that they needed to ease pressure on the dam following an engineer's report. The club's then Commodore, Bryan Forbes, said: "I am sad about the whole situation. I did not want it as my legacy to be the last commodore.  But when Mahesh Gosrani, one of the two owners, stated in the press that the drop in water level of one metre would stay and might even be further reduced, we had no choice. Launching and recovery became too risky and even if we had adapted the structures, we had no confidence that one day the water would not drop further and so we have begun to look elsewhere."
Paul Reynolds, Publicity Officer  0207 435 8693/07966 463 585 




This "beach" has appeared along the dam. Photos by club member David Schwartz


Paul Reynolds, Publicity Officer 

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