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Aldenham Sailing Club celebrate 75th anniversary
3:20pm Saturday 7th July 2012 in Sport
Aldenham Sailing Club celebrated their 75th anniversary on Sunday with a summer barbecue and a series of events on the water.
The summer social was preceded by a novel event of team racing – a unique format which sees competitors attempt to slow down the opposition, rather than racing straight for the finish line.
It is an event which demonstrates a good knowledge of racing tactics and encourages sailors to go against their natural instincts.
Introduced by the Sailing Committee, the format is an example of how the club is willing to adapt and try new ideas to bring in more members.
Youngsters additionally took part in a race using bin bags rather than traditional sails while there was also a water-borne battle.
The Aldenham Reservoir has a history dating back to Napoleonic times after it was hand-dug for the Grand Union Canal Company by French prisoners of war to control water levels in the River Colne.
The Club caters for all ages of sailor and volunteer trainers provide starter courses in sailing and racing for members. The racing fleets are Laser, Enterprise, RS300 and Illusion keelboats, but the range of boats sailed and raced is much wider.
Club Commodore Marcus Flint said: “Today was a great social event, bringing together our members to sail, race and barbecue in the picturesque surroundings of Aldenham Country Park.
“We encourage families and individuals to come along and see what we have to offer. Join in the fun and help keep sailing at Aldenham for the next 75 years.”