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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.

Bart's Bash

NOTICE OF RACE now available, see below | SIGN UP NOW at www.bartsbash.co.uk | ELEVEN entrants from ASC - we need 25+

The Andrew Simpson Foundation is planning a monster sized event to set a new Guinness World Record for the "Largest Sailing Event in the World", which we are calling 'Bart's Bash!'

Aldenham will not be left out of the event on Sunday 21st September. Pete Ellis, our Sailing Secretary, has signed us up and we hope many of our members from all fleets will be able to take part.

For more information click here for the Bart's Bash website or go to www.bartsbash.co.uk.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 20:19
Updated Racing Results

This weekend - the concluding races for the Bank Holiday Series are on Sunday and Monday. Dan Skinner (RS) currently leads from Barry Steel (RS) and Richard Holmes (Laser) but with four races left the top places are wide open. I will be racing on Windermere on Sunday so there will be a delay to the weekend results.

Wednesday evening updated

'Rusty' Fischer came back from holiday and could only manage a 5th but is top of the table with two races to go, ahead of tonight's winner Colin Carver. Kelvin Jones took second and  Les 'Drizabone' Smith's Ent was buoyancy tested before taking third - good luck down at Poole Week Les and Alex, also David Lambert and, if recovered from an accident on his charity bike ride, Antony Cole.

Sunday 17th - Lasers only today, with Steve and Colin sharing first place. Jonathan Osgood, newcomer to the RS fleet, shoots to to the top with a judicious AOM from the Nationals.

Cadet Worlds ASC sailors Tom Collyer and crew Francis Butterworth are competing for the first time against some tough opposition, many a with a couple of years advantage. They are in 30th place  from 48 contenders at Weymouth with the last day of racing on Friday. Can they use their experience of the past few days to push up the table? Check the website for the final results as I'll be away over the weekend.

RS300 nationals update: unfortunately our team of six only enjoyed two days of racing, with excessive wind on the remaining days. Duncan Jenkins ended in seventh and ASC had four sailors in the top half of the 35 starters. We came away with three prizes, Pete Elllis in the Silver fleet (didn't think he'd gone that grey yet), and Harry McVicar and Dan Treloar for various feats of improvement and endurance I think. Yachts and Yachting report and pics of our heroes here.

And last but not least, our esteemed Commodore came sixth at Brancaster Week in his Laser 2000!


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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 21:45
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Cadet Worlds - ASC's Tom Collyer

Days before the first race at the Cadet Worlds, Tom found time to pen a few words of his own.......


Tom Collyer with temporary crew Aaron Chadwick and their Stone Open Meeting trophies

Final Open Meeting before the Cadet World Championships


Over the past week I have been in Waldringfield in Suffolk where a five day event happens every year that is always one of the highlights of the year. As my usual crew, Frankie, was not available for the week, I had to compete with a girl called Eden to whom I was only introduced the day before the event. For the first three days I had results I was not happy with (with the exception of a second) as we were having to get used to sailing with each other. Once this initial struggle was over, I was back in business getting a forth, fifth, second and a sixth. I finished in seventh and won the trophy for highest placed boat not to get a trophy which, considering I was getting used to a new crew, was a respectable result.

At the end of the week, my friend reminded me that her club was having its open meeting the following weekend and convinced me to go. We knew that there wouldn't be very many boats travelling as most people didn’t want to do an open meeting the day after a week long event. Thanks to my lovely parents, I was able to go to the Stone Open with my close friend, Aaron Chadwick who came fourth in the last National Championships as a crew. There were only two other experienced boats and I was excited to have such a fantastic crew for the weekend; it was a bonus that he just happened to be such a good friend. I made the most of having Aaron on board, winning the event, narrowly snatching it from the very person who convinced me to turn up to the event. It was fantastically tight racing with a nail biting finish thanks to us being disqualified from the first race for being over the line at the start making the results closer. In the end, we were drawn on points but Aaron and I won because we had the most first places.

Today, I have begun to prepare for the Nationals and Worlds which I am leaving for on Friday. Tomorrow, I am going to have a boat pampering day to make sure that ‘No Fear’ is fully fit for the two weeks of demanding racing ahead.

If you would like to follow my sailing online, you may want to like ‘GBR Cadet’ on Facebook or go to the UK Cadet class website at http://www.cadetclass.org.uk/2014-worlds .Thanks again for all the support I have received from Aldenham Sailing Club.

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Below - Tom's final practice with his crew Francis at Aldenham. This was the last chance they had to sail together before going to the Nationals on the 8th August. (see previous article)


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 22:02
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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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