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Before setting off for next week's World Cup Regatta in Genoa, Italy, Finn Lynch gives some thoughts on his great result last week at the Palma Regatta where the Viking Marine Ambassador placed fourth overall.

'I meant business in Palma. The only notable difference in this regatta to other regattas in the past was between my ears! Before the race, I created some strategies with some Irish Sailing coaches and my sports psych to help get me into the zone. It worked.

"I'm excited to have made a leap forwards & pumped to try back it up next week in Genoa"

In Laser sailing your focus needs to be constantly changing from speed, tactics, strategy, checking for the jury, risk management, thinking ahead, among other things and when you focus on one aspect at the wrong time you lose. An example might be if you are deciding whether you should tack or not and you hit a bad wave and lose a boat length that might cost you a lot later on in the race.

This makes Laser sailing so hard but so rewarding when things come together. 

I'm excited to have made a leap forwards and pumped to try back it up next week in the Genoa World Cup.'

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Looking for a Summer job? Dun Laoghaire's Viking Marine are recruiting right now for the summer season for its Dublin Bay based Chandlery.

Viking Marine is looking to recruit experienced sailing enthusiasts to work for the summer sailing season in our Dun Laoghaire store. 

Interviews will take place during April before exams and job to start early June.

If you are an experienced sailor with a sound knowledge of both dinghy and yachts and have worked in a 'customer interfacing space' contact Viking.

To apply for a position please send your CV with covering letter to: [email protected]

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It's like Christmas with the number of boxes full of our new summer stock arriving into Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay this week!

We have new product ranges, new suppliers and ongoing innovation from current and new - all just in time for the launching season! 

Call in and check it out! 

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Rio Laser sailor Finn Lynch who is campaigning for a place in Tokyo 2020 and who is a Viking Marine Brand Ambassador has endorsed the opening of the new Irish Sailing High-Performance centre (pictured above) for the Olympic Sailing team at Dun Laoghaire. 

According to Lynch, the HQ is a 'huge milestone for Irish sailing and a legacy that came from the great results at the Rio Olympics'.

'When we stepped over the line into the HQ last week we were buying into a set of standards that we as a group of sailors had developed'. The HQ has given us all the facilities we need to succeed and now it is up to us as the sailors to make it happen. And so, 'If it is to be - it's up to me', the National Yacht Club sailor declared.

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It’s St Patrick’s Day weekend and Viking Marine is going green!

Check out Viking Marine’s new green Ecoworks range of cleaning products just in time for getting your boat ready for the new season.

These environmentally safe cleaning products come with a free spray bottle so you can dilute the concentrate and clean away till they’re all home from the parade.

If you have any questions on application or uses, just ask us in the shop at The Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire.

Viking Marine will be open all bank holiday weekend for anyone working on boats — today till 6pm and Sunday and Monday from 1pm to 5pm.

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Viking Marine, the leading Chandlery and ‘go to’ for all things sailing in Dun Laoghaire have just announced Olympic sailor Finn Lynch as Brand Ambassador. Just home from a great campaign in Miami this month, Finn was back in action training all last week on Dublin Bay.

Ian O Meara, MD of Viking Marine, is an avid sponsor and supporter of sailing in Ireland. ‘Finn is a perfect brand ambassador for Viking Marine and truly represents all that is great about Irish Sailing – he is a true professional, his attention to detail is second to none, he is such a talented athlete and sailor and a great role model for sailors young and not so young, like me’, says O’ Meara.

Ian OMeara Finn LynchViking Marine's Ian O'Meara (left) with the Dun Laoghaire chandlery's newly appointed Brand Ambassador Finn Lynch, a Rio Olympian in the Laser Class

Furthermore, we love to see Finn coming into the shop, a great man to give feedback on what works and what doesn’t work on the boat whether that’s in training or racing. We love this kind of feedback, straight from the user, our customer.

"I have been going in and out of Viking Marine pretty much all my sailing life"

‘I have been going in and out of Viking Marine pretty much all my sailing life,’ says Finn. To be a brand ambassador for Viking Marine is great, giving me access to so much equipment and kit that I need to keep me on the water and at my best. And it's on my doorstep, perfect really’

Viking Marine both in their shop in Dun Laoghaire and their Boat Sales and Service business in Kilcoole are committed to supporting access to the water for all keen sailors and water enthusiasts. They continue to research, source and supply the best manufacturers and brands and with over 100 years of experience amongst the team at Viking Marine it is still the number one ‘go to’ for all sailors and water enthusiasts.

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With the countdown to launch well under way, Viking Marine provides a handy checklist below to help with your own to-dos getting your boat ready for another season’s sailing.

Stock is now arriving in-store and online at for all your boating needs, whether it’s antifoul paint, hull cleaner and polish/wax, wood varnish and oil, ropes and rigging, blocks and winches and more.

Ring 01 280 6654 or pop in at The Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire for any tips or advice you need. Viking Marine can also source and place orders for almost anything you might need to get your boat pre-launch ready.

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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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