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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 VikingMarine.ie 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.

viking marine checklist

 

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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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