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If red is to be your colour this season, then Valentine’s Day is the day to buy your red paint from Viking Marine.

To celebrate Cupid, the Dun Laoghaire chandlery is offering 20% off red paint purchased in store on the day this Thursday 14 February.

This offer applies to any International red paint, topcoat or antifoul. And to share the love, there is a limit of max two tins per purchase.

See the full range of paints available from Viking Marine HERE.

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This morning's DBSC Spring Chicken Series got off to a gentle start in light to medium westerlies on Dublin Bay for the 38-plus boat fleet.

The regular mix of contestants were joined by Iduna, an 80–year–old Lymington L Class design. Viking Marine are prize sponsors again this year and 'Vicky Marine' (pictured below) is not shelling out crystal or silver prizes, but the very useful Dexshell range of hats and gloves to keep winners extremities warm. See the full range from Viking Marine here

See the starting order and initial handicaps for the first race below.

spring chicken vicky marine(Top) New vessel 'Vicky Marine' sets sail for the Spring Chicken Series and (above) some of the Series prizes on offer from Viking Marine

Race two of the National Yacht Club hosted six-race event sponsored by Citroen South Dublin takes place next Sunday.

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In making a quick exit to the airport last Wednesday and realising I had forgotten a show proof pair of shoes I grabbed a new pair of Dubarry Clippers. Having done over 19,000 steps on day one I was not suffering from tired and aching feet, my shoes and I were still friends. Thanks, Dubarry, great workmanship. 

Dubarry shoesBoat show proof Dubarry deck shoes

We found some great new products at the show and will keep you posted as we launch them in the shop and online - chandlery, clothing, safety equipment and new products to the market. Interesting to note that 'sustainability', 'recycled' and 'ecologique' is now part of many of the brand stories. Many exhibitors were making big noise in this area as a unique point of difference. Save Our Oceans had a very impressive pitch at the show and lots of evidence to suggest we will see more of this.

 

Many of our suppliers were exhibiting and drawing crowds with some great demonstrations including; Spinlock, Topper, Rooster and Helly Hansen.

IanOMeara topperIan O'Meara (second from left) with the Topper team in Dusseldorf

There was a strong and diverse Irish presence at Boot 50 including MGM Boats, BJ Marine, Anchor Dive Lights of Donegal, Latitude Kinsale and Donegal Tourism.

Ian OMeara Paul AdamsonIan with Paul Adamson (right) of Oyster Yachts

And as the last show before the sailing season opens, it was great to meet up with some old pals Paul Adamson now with Oyster Yachts and the team at Topper.

Ian OMeara HammockWhat show is a show without a bit of dreaming? The Viking Marine run around complete with hammock! 

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Some of us here in Viking Marine are braving the Forty Foot bathing place on Dublin Bay every morning and have to admit to nearing addiction on the daily plunge writes Ian O'Meara. Porridge is even back on the breakfast menu despite the most awful boarding school memories of lumpy gruel.

The best learning of all is that hats, gloves and socks as worn by the seasoned and learned folk in the Forty Foot vastly improves length of time in the water. So the days of being termed a 'teabagger' - the dip in dip out are over. God bless neoprene!

Our range of sea swimming gear is all on sale just in time for the drop in temperatures due this weekend and over the coming weeks. Perfect timing! More on our collection here

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If Santa had read my letter I guess I would be penning this piece mid-ocean so guess he just couldn’t read my handwriting!

Being asked what my top three wishes are for 2019 came very easily:

  • Improved access to the water for everyone. Whether it’s in an ocean racing yacht, a dingy, a paddle board, a pair of togs. There is evidence of progress in this area and it is an agenda close to my own heart. We in Viking Marine will be working hard to support, promote, sponsor and enable with all key stakeholders (Clubs, Groups, Associations, training bodies, Schools etc) to get more people on the water year on year.
  • Get our act together and not just clean but Save our Oceans. I look at ‘Flossie and the beach cleaners’ and take pride that our young sailors and ocean lovers have forced us all into action. The days of talking and posturing are over and it's now time to act. We will be promoting, sponsoring and actively engaging in activities to ensure all of us as ocean users play our part in saving our oceans and seas.

  • Safety on the water while having great fun and great wins for the competitive amongst us. As a parent, a sailor, a retailer and of late, all year round Forty-Foot swimmer on Dublin Bay, safety is a frame of mind but we all need the constant reminding and innovation in this area.

We will keep you all posted on our activities in my top three all year through our shop window, online, social media and newsletter. Watch out for new products, product launches guest speakers, product trials and much more.

Here’s to a clean, fun, competitive and safe year on and in the water. And here's a photo of Barcolona Regatta 2018 on the Adriatic (below). Great fun and one to add to the bucket list)

Barcelona regattaBarcolona Regatta 2018

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Dun Laoghaire's Viking Marine is offering a complimentary gift voucher to the value of €10 for each sign up to its e-newsletter.

Viking Marine says its newsletter is "for anyone on the water needing information on events, new technical clothing, chandlery, safety on the water, guest speakers and suppliers as well as suggestions and tips from the team on all things nautical, and news and views from all sailors. Viking Marine also say they 'promise absolutely no hard sell in our newsletter'.

Only one voucher per Customer. Customers must be over 18 years of age. The voucher must be redeemed in-store. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire have put a fantastic package together to encourage new sailors on the water in 2019. This package contains the very best in sailing gear to get started, out on the water, warm, dry and safe.

On the subject of 'access to the water', Viking Marine continue to promote all of the routes to new sailors - With owners regularly looking for crew and the sailing clubs and schools providing boats, access to sailing and to the water continues to improve.

To give first-time sailors the best gear at a price point offering exceptional value and so enable more people on the water, Viking Marine has put a great promotion together for January 2019.

This offer is aimed at the first time sailor Lady and Gent sailors and is reduced from €660 to €495 and includes:

  • Zhik Kiama Jacket
  • Ahik Kiama Pants
  • Seago Lifejacket Seaguard 165
  • Gull Short Cruising Boot
  • Rooster Pro Glove
  • HH 70 Litre Duffle Bag

First-time sailors are encouraged to pop into the shop where the Viking Marine Team will provide the advice and tips on sizes, layering, comfort and care of your gear. 

first time sailor promoThe promotional gear offer from Viking Marine

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Viking Marine is promoting presents with a conscience this Christmas with one such gift being Viking Marine reusable water bottles. It's part of a drive in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay to make 2019 the year that moves on from being 'aware' to being 'active' about removing the plastic threat in our seas.

While out in the harbour this week, Viking Marine's Ian O'Meara observed the not unusual sight of plastic waste build up, an ongoing issue which, sailors at least, are all very aware of. He spotted a seal at the West Pier chewing on plastic (pictured above). 'A sad sight', Ian told Afloat.ie

In a shout out to all harbour users, O'Meara says "leisure, commercial, everyone - Save Our Seas".  And the chandler adds, "to us as retailers to provide our customers with choices in sustainable reusable and recyclable plastics".

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20th December 2018

Viking Marine Gift Voucher

It's time to drop the hint of the present you really want this Christmas or even better be the giver of 'THE' great gift this Christmas - The Viking Marine Gift Voucher.

Sailors can give or receive the gift that's really wanted from this Dun Laoghaire-based Chandlery shop, full of everything you need for on the water plus all the tips to go with it too!

As Afloat.ie reported recently, the Dublin Bay Chandlery is supporting the local business initiative to shop local.

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Viking Marine of Dun Laoghaire is backing this Saturday's 'Small Business Saturday', an initiative driven by government and spearheaded by Retail Excellence Ireland.

The Small Business Saturday Awareness Campaign launched to encourage consumers to shop local and support small retailers this Christmas.

Retail Excellence and An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD have launched an awareness campaign to support local retailers this Christmas and year-round.

As Viking Marine's Ian O'Meara told Afloat.ie 'there's nothing better than shopping local and finding something different, special and local or artisan'.

Ian OMeara 3593Chandler Ian OMeara competing on a J109 Photo: Afloat.ie

O'Meara says Viking Marine is backing not just the Small Business Saturday initiative but pushing local Irish marine brands too, such as McWilliam Sailing Bags and Dubarry deck shoes, as ideal Christmas gifts at his Dun Laoghaire Harbour store.

shop local mcwilliams bagA big stock of Mcwilliam sailing bags at Viking Marine

The campaign, which was launched at Government buildings, centres around Small Business Saturday which will take place on Saturday, December 1st this year. Originally an American concept, Small Business Saturday is an initiative that is supported and promoted by Retail Excellence, the largest retail representative body in Ireland.

small business day pic leo vTaoiseach Leo Varadkar has launched an awareness campaign to support local retailers

This is the fifth year of the Irish campaign which profiles small businesses and encourages consumers to shop locally and support jobs and enterprises in their respective communities. Group Chief Executive of Retail Excellence David Fitzsimons said “It is important to recognise the massive impact small businesses have on our economy, both nationally and locally. With 37,400 businesses and 282,000 Irish jobs dependent on the industry initiatives like Small Business Saturday are crucial to encourage consumers to shop local and support retailers in Ireland". "This initiative is critically important at a time when two-thirds of consumer spend online is fulfilled by businesses operating outside Ireland and in the face of falling excise figures recorded by the Department of Finance which is largely indicative of an increase in cross-border shopping".

Commenting on the launch, Taoiseach Leo Vardakar said "I am pleased to endorse Small Business Saturday, now in its fifth year. The idea is simple; if you want to back your local businesses, and in turn your local community, then shop local this Christmas. Your local shop or retailer has a unique appeal; they can offer you tailored local advice, as well as the best local goods and produce. By shopping local this Christmas, you can give your local businesses a year-round boost". "Retail Excellence would like consumers to understand that their small change can make a big difference on Small Business Saturday in their local economy.

Every €10 spent locally is worth €40 in terms of supported employment, supported communities and helping the business to continue to operate year-round.”

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Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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