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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.

Cadet Worlds here I come

Tom Collyer had a successful weekend at Datchet in the first Cadet World Championship Selector event of the year. He won the silver fleet and finished 5th overall. There are two more events to go in the series, so he needs to keep up the pace, but this is a great start says Dad Peter.

The Cadet is the only double-handed racing dinghy recognized by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) that is sailed exclusively by junior sailors aged 17 and under. The Cadet World Championships 2014 will be held at the 2012 Olympic venue at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. With over 250 sailors from around the world taking part, the event will be one of the biggest junior sailing events to be held in the UK this year. Should Tom go all the way and win the championship he would be Aldenham's first World Champion since Barry Steel in the very same boat back in 1957!*

Jim Strother


*as far as I know, anyone know different?


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 21:47
Working Party - March 2014


An absolutely glorious day saw 28 members attend the spring working party and leave the premises in fine shape for the forthcoming season.
Too many people to mention individually, so my apologies for those not listed but a few exceptions warranted a special mention:
  • Alison for fueling the workforce with superb bacon/sausage rolls/soup and teas and coffees
  • Neil for a sterling and solitary ditch and rodding clearance to the area outside the entrance gate which due to the wet winter had got into a right state
  • Several senior members of the club for work in the carpark due to absence of younger, fitter members - well done! Shovelling at Seventy is commendable but should not be necessary!
  • Mechanical supremo Ralph and his 'Engineering Entourage' for top notch rescue boat shelter repairs
  • Richard and Hank (new member) for clearing the telephone line from tree growth which will hopefully lead to a sucessful repair by BT of the line and Broadband connection
General clearing up, repairs to race equipment, fence repairs, berthing checks and boat sorting, rescue boat maintenance, and a great team effort to thoroughly clean and refit the pontoon ropes and bird-scarers were some of the many other tasks undertaken.  All took their own share of effort and these jobs, large and small, keep the club in a pleasant and functional state.

So a great thanks to all who attended for a good job undertaken, assisted by the support by others in preparation work which allows the day to be so productive.  I know dates don't always suit diary's but please try to attend and support the club at these events - it's everyone's club!

We have some other larger jobs to be undertaken, so if you are available over the next few months please contact me (Contact Mark).
Mark Patten

Works Superintendent

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 21:16
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Rules Night

A small but select band gathered at the clubhouse for our Spring Social, 'Rules Night'. James Le Couilliard entertained us with a presentation of the 2013-2016 Rules, Aldenham flavour: a timely offering after some of the start-line clashes we've experienced during the Winter Series this year. James led us through aspects of the start and finish we commonly forget (and that includes the OD's!) and the common windward and off-wind mark mistakes and misconceptions. Spicing up the delivery with some choice video and pictures capturing some of the more notorious incidents in our sport, he kept us instructed and amused for a couple of hours. Les of course was late again for the start but by the time the Fish and Chips arrived everyone was firmly on course.  A big thank you goes to Rebecca for organising and James for presenting. Slides will be available in the members' area soon.

Marcus Flint

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 March 2014 18:34
Updated Racing Results

Spring 1 Completed

Spring 1 ended on Sunday with the following results:

Steve Fischer sneaked in a couple more wins while Colin Carver's back was turned.....worse actually as Colin had to watch from the OOD box - with both sailors on a perfect 5 points Steve claimed the Laser trophy by dint of more recent scores. Upwardly mobile Neil Marsh came in 3rd.

The two Dans sandwiched veteran RS300 racer Barry Steele, Skinner triumphing with a perfect 5 and Treloar in 3rd. I can't help noting that a certain Jim Strother pipped class captain Pete Ellis to 4th, ok I know, only by turning up more often but you have to take your successes where you can.

Bryan Forbes and Kelvin Jones took the Ents from Les Smith with Hilgard Muller completing the podium triumvirate.

No handicap series, maybe the weather will bring them out now.

Busy weekend for ASC at home and abroad

It was overall a busy weekend for the Club, with a good turnout for the Enterprise training day on Saturday. Further afield, Aldenham was the highest attending club at Rutland Water for the two-day RS Sprint Championships, with Harry McVicar posting an excellent 2nd place in the 300s. Pete Ellis was the other ASC boat placed in the Gold fleet in 8th. The very blustery conditions on the Saturday put paid to Barry and Dan S (with a damaged mast), but as the wind abated somewhat on the Sunday Mark Donnelly took 3rd in the Silver fleet, IT Dan 5th and yours truly 9th. Dan you should have beaten me in R2 mate, with 27 points and your excellent first in R5 (the only ASC 1st, even Harry didn't manage that), you'd have been 3rd not Donnelly! Such is life.

Wed series starts

The first of this year's Wednesday series started on 9th April in light but adequate wind which seemed to remain fairly predictable for once at Aldenham. The Ents took first and second, with Barry managing a creditable third, considering the RS300s are now subject to an extra minute following an adjustment to the handicap this year. Happy Birthday to our Commodore Marcus who celebrated his birthday (can't say which one) in the box, and then by buying us all a beer in the Fishery afterwards. Cheers!

Pic of the week - tonight's webcam (Monday)


Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 20:06
Members Pages

The ASC Website has a private area for members  - Members Pages which contains a number of documents, the club discussion forum and information for members. You can also find reports on recent club activities like training courses and social event. It's well worth logging in.

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RYA Training Centre and Volvo Champion Club

Aldenham Sailing Club is a recognised RYA training centre and Volvo Champion Club. This means that we offer training to national standards and in a similar way to other centres. We also put allot of effort into developing the sailing of young people in the club.


Last Updated on Saturday, 22 January 2011 20:36
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