Rickmansworth Sailing Club (RSC) are preparing to welcome at least sixty new members according to club commodore Jonathan Carter, after it was revealed that the Aldenham Sailing Club was forced to leave their lake in June due to the landowner draining it.
Members of RSC have been working hard behind the scenes to not only accommodate and support the move, but also ensure a safe return to sailing for their existing members following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The club were due to be celebrating their 90th year of existence this Summer, but the celebrations have had to be put on hold.
Jonathan, who has been a part of RSC for more than 25 years, said: “It’s fantastic news that we will be able to welcome at least 60 members who will be coming across to our club.
“We are very fortunate here to own our lake due to previous investment from members during the 1960s, which is very unusual for a sailing club.
“We had to close completely during some of March and April to follow the governments restrictions, but we have been allowed to partially reopen for Batchworth Dragons and the Sharks Canoe Club who also use the lake.”
Jonathan admitted that its been frustrating for club members to not be able to race during the summer but are ready and raring to go when they are allowed to do so.
He added: “There’s been a huge amount of frustration that we can’t race, but we all really are ready to get going once again as soon as we are allowed more than six people at an organised event.
“We will follow all the regulations and set out guidelines for when we are allowed to reopen, such as disinfecting boats and toilets after they are used.”