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Getting ready for winter will surely be a breeze thanks to great deals in CH Marine’s monthly specials for October.

After liftout, towing away has never been easier than with the Optiparts launching trolley, now only €189.95.

This lightweight aluminium trolley comes with hull supports and a unique system to lock the bow in a simple movement.

Prevent condensation and damp ruining your boat and sails over those colder months out of the water with Meaco’s popular 10-litre compressor dehumidifier. Usually €179.95, it’s now available for only €161.95.

Keeping your things dry is also the key function of the Zhik drybag, with 25 litres of space and available in black or ash — now down from €38.95 to €24.95, more than a third off the RRP.

Those looking to carry on through the winter will want to be well equipped for the elements.

The Baltic Flipper buoyancy aid (now only €89.95) is stylish, comfortable and reversible, and will keep you afloat while being easy to swim in.

Pair it with Optiparts Windesign Neoprene boots, designed for dinghy sailing and available in various sizes for adults (€39.95) and juniors (€31.95) alike.

This month CH Marine also has a super deal on an ex-charter Laser 4.7 or Radial boat package — save over €500 on a Youth Worlds ex-charter Laser in ice blue with only seven days’ use.

And don’t forget CH Marine’s other October offers on the latest tech to keep track of your wheres and whens on deck.

CHMarine.com ships worldwide with free delivery to addresses in Ireland and Northern Ireland for orders over €50.

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Get the latest tech to keep track of your wheres and whens on deck in CH Marine’s specials for October.

Gill Marine’s Regatta Race Timer — now only €69.95 — features a large face with a clear dot matrix display, a 50-lap memory and countdown timer.

Water resistant up to 50 metres, it works as well on the mast or bulkhead as well as on your wrist. Available in yellow, black or red.

You can also save €15 on Plastimo’s essential Iris 50 Hand Bearing Compass with night illumination — RRP €79.95, now only €64.95.

This highly dependable companion of yachtsmen, regatta addicts and top-notch racers worldwide is waterproof, shockproof and compact, and available in yellow or blue.

CHMarine.com ships worldwide with free delivery to addresses in Ireland and Northern Ireland for orders over €50.

Click HERE to find the full selection of CH Marine’s October special offers available while stocks last.

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At the recent Dinghy Fest Regatta at Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) earlier this month, leading Irish Chandlery CH Marine announced its continued support for the Irish Laser Association (ILA).

The ILA currently has over two hundred active members ranging in age from early teens to masters sailors in their eighties.

CH Marine are the official Laser supplier in Ireland and stock everything for lasers and all marine equipment in shops throughout Ireland. Nick Bendon of CH Marine said he was delighted to continue sponsoring the Irish laser association. 

At the Cork Harbour announcement, Chairman of the ILA, Aidan Staunton thanked CH Marine for the assistance as the funding helps support regional championships (six in total) and coaching at a grassroots level.

Champion sailor and Class treasurer Nick Walsh also welcomed the continued association between the laser class and CH Marine and thanked Nick Bendon for supporting the class at local national and international level.

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Snap up some big savings this September at CH Marine in store and online while stocks last.

Stay safe on the water for less as Plastimo Quickfit 150N auto lifejackets are now €79.90 — more than €40 off the RRP. And if you buy two, the second is half price!

The world’s smallest PLB is also on special this month — the Ocean Signal PLB1 is only €199.95, a saving of more than €140 off the RRP.

And for those prepping early to winterise their boats, there’s 15% off Salt-Away’s range for engine flushing and equipment wash down, while Meaco’s DD8L Junior dehumidifier is now 10% off.

See all of CH Marine’s September specials and offers at CHMarine.com.

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Jobe towable inflatables mean serious fun on the water — and with discounts across the range from CH Marine this August, you can make some serious savings, too.

Inflatable rings, chairs and watersleds suitable for anywhere from one to eight people are 15% off this month — with an extra special deal on the Jobe Dolphi trainer towable, knocked down from €164.95 to just €99.99.

For those who prefer a more sedate experience afloat, you might be interested in a single kayak or double kayaks package from Titan Layaran.

And be sure to check out CH Marine’s other August offers, which include a free lifejacket with Plastimo Activ’ offshore sailing jacket and hi-fit trousers combos.

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Big savings on lifejackets and offshore seawear can be yours among CH Marine’s August specials.

Save nearly €30 on the price of the Zhik P2 PFD in black for a limited time only, now only €109.95.

Prices have also been slashed on Plastimo Activ’ offshore sailing jackets and hi-fit trousers for men and women.

And what’s more — buy a jacket and trousers combo and get a Plastimo Quickfit 150N Lifejacket, with a recommended retail price of €120, absolutely free.

Find more August specials and offers at CHMarine.com.

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CH Marine Chandlery has announced new opening hours for its outlets in Cork and Skibbereen.

From next Monday 29 April, both stores will be open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

CH Marine has also revamped its website at CHMarine.com, including a new chat feature to make it even easier to find whatever you need to get ready for the summer sailing season.

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As the days tick down to Christmas 2018, CH Marine Chandlery still has some special deals on Laser dinghies — but act fast as these offers are only available till Monday 24 December.

For just €6,950 (£6,185.50) including VAT you could have a standard Laser, Radial or 4.7 with XD rig and composite upper.

And that’s not all, as the price includes a trolley, top cover and foil bag, with sails fully numbered.

These popular packages have been selling fast and as of this morning (Thursday 20 December) there is only one Laser 4.7 deal remaining. If it’s what you’ve been looking for, don’t be disappointed this Christmas!

Be sure also to check out CH Marine’s daily deals on Facebook in the run-up to Santa’s arrival. Today you could save €70 on a Crewsaver Ergolift Offshore Lifejacket Auto 190N with light and hood.

Shop online at CHMarine.com or in store in Skibbereen, Cork and Newtownards — open from 9am to 2pm on Christmas Eve for any last-minute stocking-stuffers!

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There are some great deals to be had on new and ex-charter Laser dinghies from leading Irish chandlery CH Marine.

Right now you could have an ex-charter for €6,490 (£5,776.10) VAT inclusive ahead of the Laser Masters coming to Dun Laoghaire in September.

Also available is the all new Laser standard dinghy with XD rid and a composite upper for €7,190 (£6.399.10).

All come with a trolley, top cover and foil bag plus new lines, sail, carbon tiller and extension, XD vang and outcall package.

Keep an eye on these and other great deals from CH Marine, which currently has Jabsco bronze electro-magnetic clutch pumps at special low prices.

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Leading Irish Chandlery CH Marine is giving away a limited edition Crewsaver Crewfit Sport 165N Auto Lifejacket valued at €88.95 in this free to enter CH Marine/Afloat.ie competition. 

The competition is part of CH Marine's annual LIFEJACKET AWARENESS WEEK that kicks off this Saturday, 26th May with lots of lifejacket info, special offers and support.

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Dun Laoghaire Regatta –  From the Baily lighthouse to Dalkey island, the bay accommodates eight separate courses for 25 different classes racing every two years for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

In assembling its record-breaking armada, Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta (VDLR) became, at its second staging, not only the country's biggest sailing event, with 3,500 sailors competing, but also one of its largest participant sporting events.

One of the reasons for this, ironically, is that competitors across Europe have become jaded by well-worn venue claims attempting to replicate Cowes and Cork Week.

'Never mind the quality, feel the width' has been a criticism of modern-day regattas where organisers mistakenly focus on being the biggest to be the best.

Dun Laoghaire, with its local fleet of 300 boats, never set out to be the biggest. Its priority focussed instead on quality racing even after it got off to a spectacularly wrong start when the event was becalmed for four days at its first attempt.

The idea to rekindle a combined Dublin bay event resurfaced after an absence of almost 40 years, mostly because of the persistence of a passionate race officer Brian Craig who believed that Dun Laoghaire could become the Cowes of the Irish Sea if the town and the local clubs worked together.

Although fickle winds conspired against him in 2005, the support of all four Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs since then (made up of Dun Laoghaire Motor YC, National YC, Royal Irish YC and Royal St GYC), in association with the two racing clubs of Dublin Bay SC and Royal Alfred YC, gave him the momentum to carry on.

There is no doubt that sailors have also responded with their support from all four coasts. Entries closed last Friday with 520 boats in 25 classes, roughly doubling the size of any previous regatta held on the Bay.

Running for four days, the regatta is (after the large mini-marathons) the single most significant participant sports event in the country, requiring the services of 280 volunteers on and off the water, as well as top international race officers and an international jury, to resolve racing disputes representing five countries.

Craig went to some lengths to achieve his aims including the appointment of a Cork man, Alan Crosbie, to run the racing team; a decision that has raised more than an eyebrow along the waterfront.

A flotilla of 25 boats has raced from the Royal Dee near Liverpool to Dublin for the Lyver Trophy to coincide with the event. The race also doubles as a RORC qualifying race for the Fastnet.

Sailors from the Ribble, Mersey, the Menai Straits, Anglesey, Cardigan Bay and the Isle of Man have to travel three times the distance to the Solent as they do to Dublin Bay. This, claims Craig, is one of the major selling points of the Irish event and explains the range of entries from marinas as far away as Yorkshire's Whitby YC and the Isle of Wight.

Until now, no other regatta in the Irish Sea area could claim to have such a reach. Dublin Bay weeks such as this petered out in the 1960s, and it has taken almost four decades for the waterfront clubs to come together to produce a spectacle on and off the water to rival Cowes.

"The fact that we are getting such numbers means it is inevitable that it is compared with Cowes," said Craig. However, there the comparison ends.

"We're doing our own thing here. Dun Laoghaire is unique, and we are making an extraordinary effort to welcome visitors from abroad," he added.

The busiest shipping lane in the country – across the bay to Dublin port – is to close temporarily to facilitate the regatta and the placing of eight separate courses each day.

A fleet total of this size represents something of an unknown quantity on the bay as it is more than double the size of any other regatta ever held there.

The decision to alter the path of ships into the port was taken in 2005 when a Dublin Port control radar image showed an estimated fleet of over 400 yachts sailing across the closed southern shipping channel.

Ships coming into the bay, including the high-speed service to the port, will use the northern lane instead.

With 3,500 people afloat at any one time, a mandatory safety tally system for all skippers to sign in and out will also operate.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the appearance of four Super Zero class yachts, with Dun Laoghaire's Colm Barrington's TP52 'Flash Glove' expected to head the 'big boat' fleet. At the other end of the technology scale, the traditional clinker-built Water Wags will compete just as they did at a similar regatta over 100 years ago.

The arrival of three TP 52s and a Rogers 46 to Dun Laoghaire regatta is a feather in the cap of organisers because it brings Grand Prix racing to Dublin bay and the prospect of future prominent boat fixtures on the East Coast.

With 38 entries, the new Laser SB3s are set to make a significant impact although the White Sail Class five almost rivals them numerically. The Fireball is the biggest dinghy class, with 27 entries, while there are 25 entries for the Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup which began on Monday.

Class 0 is expected to be the most hotly contested, if the recent Saab IRC Nationals, Scottish Series and Sovereign's Cup are any indication. Three Cork boats ­- Jump Juice (Conor and Denise Phelan), Antix Dubh (Anthony O'Leary) and Blondie (Eamonn Rohan) - are expected to lead the fleet.

(First published in 2009)

Who: All four Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Yacht clubs

What: Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Why: A combined regatta to make Dun Laoghaire the Cowes of the Irish Sea.

Where: Ashore at Dun Laoghaire and afloat at eight separate race courses on Dublin Bay. Excellent views from both Dun Laoghaire piers, Sandycove and Seapoint.

Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2021

The 2021 Regatta runs from 8-11 July

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