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The dominant form of the 2019 Irish yacht of the year, Paul O'Higgins' JPK10.80 Rockabill VI continues to stalk the ISORA racecourse, picking up another win at 1.30 am this morning off Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the well attended night race, according to provisional results via the ISORA Yellowbrick tracker.

The 25-boat race was the third in the ISORA 2020 Re-Boot series and the third race of the Viking Marine sponsored Coastal Series of four.

The fleet started off Dun Laoghaire outfall buoy at 8 pm (the same as race one and two) and headed south to the Muglins and onto Breeches just north of Wicklow before heading back up the Dublin coast and a finish off Dun Laoghaire Pier heads.

Rockabill VI Paul O'Higgins' JPK10.80 was the overall winner of the ISORA night raceRockabill VI Paul O'Higgins' JPK10.80 was the overall winner of the ISORA night race

Aurelia was line honours winner

Chris and Patanne Smith's J122 Aurelia from the Royal St George Yacht Club was the line honours winner but dropped to second overall on corrected time over the 32-mile course sailed in light south and south-west winds.

Third overall was the National Yacht Club's First 40.7 Tsunami (Vincent Farrell) in a clean sweep for Class Zero boats.

Vincent Farrell's First 40.7 Tsunami from the National Yacht ClubVincent Farrell's First 40.7 Tsunami from the National Yacht Club

J99 wins IRC One

In IRC Class One, Andrew Algeo's J/99 took the gun from the J/109 Mojito with Prima Luce, third.

Patrick Burke's Prima Luce was third in IRC OnePatrick Burke's Prima Luce was third in IRC One

Black Velvet Takes IRC Two win

Leslie Parnell's Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the Class Two winner from Greystones Harbour JOD 35 entry Red Alert. Third was Humdinger.

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Viking Marine turned the key to open the door of its Dun Laoghaire Harbour store this morning having missed the buzz of daily retailing and the goings-on in the yacht clubs, marina and on the water.

'While sailors are not out on the water just yet, we know how keen people are to get working on their boats and it is with this in mind that we opened this morning' Viking's Managing Director Ian O'Meara told Afloat. ' We are in the shop Monday to Saturday 10 - 5 for hardware and Chandlery and anything you need to get your boat out on the water.

We are directing you to our online shop for clothing, footwear and accessories here

The Viking Marine delivery service for our full range continues to operate as normal.

So with all retail displays removed Viking Marine have created great space in the middle of the shop to allow everyone stay safe and to provide counter service for hardware and chandlery.

"We Look forward to welcoming you all back into the shop and getting us all back out on the water over the coming weeks", Ian says.

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While Viking Marine’s Dun Laoghaire store remains closed to the public amid the measures against Covid-19, the chandlery remains open for online orders by debit or credit card.

And it’s also maintaining a limited delivery service, both locally and nationally via courier where available, as well as pre-arranged collections for essential items from its premises at The Pavilion — all while adhering to the protocols for workplace and customer safety.

Managing director Ian O’Meara says trade has been busy as people stick to social distancing and carry out boat repairs — and turn the same expertise to garden furniture and other household needs — in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

“Never before has the term uncharted waters being so true as we are surely in them now,” O’Meara wrote in a recent blog post on VikingMarine.ie.

“Whilst the sailing season has been disrupted, we in Viking Marine support the importance of essential mental health and our boats and our ocean have a big part to play in this.

“So if you are working on your boat and in need of supplies to get boat-ready, we are here for you.”

He added: “To our colleagues in essential retail, we say thank you for keeping your doors open, you have our appreciation and our respect.

“To you, our loyal and valued customers, we look forward to welcoming you all back during the summer months and getting you all out on the water again.”

Contact Viking Marine at 01 280 6654 and direct all email enquiries to [email protected]

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In response to yesterday’s Government Covid-19 announcement, Viking Marine has made further changes to ensure the safety of our customers and team writes Ian O'Meara.

While staying at home and working on boats we wish to ensure you have the parts and equipment you need and for anyone going on the water where social distancing is achievable, they have all the safety kit they need.

As of today, we will close our shop in Dun Laoghaire and we continue to operate online. We will operate a collection service from the shop and local delivery service to the yacht clubs. (Details below)

Never before has the term 'uncharted waters' been so true as we are surely in them now. While the sailing season has been disrupted we in Viking Marine support the importance of essential mental health and our boats and our ocean have a big part to play in this. So if you are working on your boat and in need of supplies to get your boat ready we are here for you.

Let us help keep our young sailors on the water where social distancing is achievable. So for any parts, especially safety equipment, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

If it is a rope to make a swing in the garden or to make up a new dog lead we will put the pack together for you.

For the creative ones who want to make friendship bracelets or rope plant pot hangers we have the supplies and be sure to send us pictures of your creativity.

I wish to extend an enormous 'Thank You' to Dean and all the team here in Viking Marine for their loyalty positivity and determination to ride through this storm, and that is exactly what we plan to do.

To our colleagues in essential retail, we say 'Thank You' for keeping your doors open, you have our appreciation and our respect.

To you our loyal and valued customers we look forward to welcoming you all back during the summer months and getting you all out on the water again.

Ian O’ Meara

Collection and Delivery Service:

Collections are at Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire. To ensure social distancing we will provide a collection time on placement of order. Collection can be made from the shop or placed in the boot of your car.

Delivery is to the Yacht Clubs in Dun Laoghaire. To ensure social distancing we will arrange a delivery time and location for drop off at the Yacht Club.

Telephone and Email:

We are on the phone on 01 – 2806654

Email is to Ian directly at [email protected]

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Viking Marine is happy to deliver primer, paint, varnish and supplies to any of the local clubs as work starts on boats over the weekend in anticipation of next month's Summer sailing season.  

To avail of this service simply contact Viking Marine in the shop and we will have your order delivered to your club in Dun Laoghaire, Viking's Ian O' Meara told Afloat.

Click here for paint range and phone 01 280 6654

For deliveries outside of Dun Laoghaire contact us at the shop and we can arrange next day delivery anywhere in Ireland.

Viking Marine is Open St Patrick's Day 1 pm - 5 pm

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In light of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, Viking Marine at Dun Laoghaire Harbour would like to reassure our customers as to the steps we have taken to provide a safe retail environment.

We continue to maintain the highest possible standards of cleanliness, in line with the advice and guidelines from the HSE.

All staff have been briefed on how best to prevent the virus from spreading and are implementing enhanced hygiene practices.

We reassure you that we are doing everything we can to provide our customer and staff with the safest retail environment we possibly can in the circumstances.

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When it comes to safety and warmth on the water, we all know how important our gear is, and we wouldn’t go sailing in summer without water and suncream.

But we often forget the importance of keeping our blood sugar up to stay warm on the water during the winter.

Making sure you have a snack on board is crucial in keeping warm on the water over the winter, even if you’re only out for a short time.

Bananas, protein bars, chocolate and sandwiches are all great grab-and-go options, whether you’re heading out for a leisurely sail or a Turkey Shoot race.

Winter swimming is also a growing trend, and Viking Marine has responded with a broader sea swimming range that includes dry robes and Zone 3 swim hats, Apollo Goggles and a full range of winter swimsuits now in stock.

And be sure to check out Viking Marine’s online clearance store, with up to 50% off both coastal and technical gear.

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Off the back of what they declare was their best ever year for sales of Beneteau outboard boats, Irish brokers BJ Marine were recently in attendance at the French builder’s global dealer conference in Valencia to get a special look at its fully Suzuki-powered range.

General manager James Kirwan told Afloat.ie: “The growth of the range of outboard boats inspired us to invest in our first ever Irish Barracuda Tour qualifier, an event that also supported by Viking Marine, our Suzuki partner in Ireland.”

Beneteau’s outboard range covers the Antares, Barracuda and Flyer models, from six metres up to the new Antares 11 which will be unveiled this winter.

“In particular, the Antares and Barracuda ranges offer the perfect versatility for use in Irish waters where rapidly changing weather and sea states are regular events,” Kirwan said.

“BeneteauBeneteau Barracuda with a Suzuki DF200AP outboard

Suzuki has been the outboard supplier of choice for Beneteau since 2013 and the French builder says its partnership continues to go from strength to strength.

Five Suzuki-powered boats were on the water in Valencia ready for dealers to test — including the new Flyer 10 and 7.

“We are very proud to work with and partner Beneteau,” said Daisuke Kawatari, general manager for Suzuki Motor Corporation’s European liaison office.

“Our partnership is a strong one and we are looking forward to taking it to the next level in order to continue to deliver the ultimate boat/engine packages for our customers.”

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Have you got what it takes to beat the best? Harken grinder pedestals are found on some of the most exciting race boats in the world, raced by sailors at the top of their game! But have you got what it takes to top our Viking Marine leaderboard this weekend?

Viking Marine has brought the Harken Grinder Challenge to the ICRA Championships on Dublin Bay this weekend.

Prizes include Viking Marine gift vouchers for First Time places for Ladies and Men on both Friday and Saturday.

You will find the Viking Marine Harken Challenge on the forecourt of the RSGYC Friday and Saturday after racing.

So get your name up on that leader board and the winning prize is yours.

Viking Marine rules of 'pure fun' and 'good sportsmanship' applies to this event. That will be interesting!

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After the Rio Olympics, the International Laser Class Association changed it's class rules to allow the use of digital compasses. The rule now is that 'Electronic, self-contained, digital compasses using only magnetic input are permitted.'

In conversation with Viking Marine Ambassador Finn Lynch before he headed off to the European Championships, the Tokyo 2020 campaigner discussed how he now uses the Raymarine TackTick micro compass.

"The digital compass takes away a lot of guesswork from Laser sailing"

'I find this to be a game changer for overall performance in Laser racing. At start time I use the compass for checking the exact degree of line bias and also it's a great tool to see what shift you are in straight off the line. Apart from making tacking on the shifts very easy, I also love the digital compass for straight out of the bottom mark for seeing what shift you are in, it makes a very stressful area of the course more simple'. And when asked about its role in winning races these were his parting words - 'Overall, the digital compass takes away a lot of guesswork from Laser sailing and allows you to put more attention to more important things, like making the boat fast!!

The Raymarine range along with others are available in the shop at €379.95 and online here

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is one of Europe's biggest yacht racing clubs. It has almost sixteen hundred elected members. It presents more than 100 perpetual trophies each season some dating back to 1884. It provides weekly racing for upwards of 360 yachts, ranging from ocean-going forty footers to small dinghies for juniors.

Undaunted by austerity and encircling gloom, Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), supported by an institutional memory of one hundred and twenty-nine years of racing and having survived two world wars, a civil war and not to mention the nineteen-thirties depression, it continues to present its racing programme year after year as a cherished Dublin sporting institution.

The DBSC formula that, over the years, has worked very well for Dun Laoghaire sailors. As ever DBSC start racing at the end of April and finish at the end of September. The current commodore is Jonathan Nicholson of the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

The character of racing remains broadly the same in recent times, with starts and finishes at Club's two committee boats, one of them DBSC's new flagship, the Freebird. The latter will also service dinghy racing on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Having more in the way of creature comfort than the John T. Biggs, it has enabled the dinghy sub-committee to attract a regular team to manage its races, very much as happened in the case of MacLir and more recently with the Spirit of the Irish. The expectation is that this will raise the quality of dinghy race management, which, operating as it did on a class quota system, had tended to suffer from a lack of continuity.

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