by Andrew Dowley


The latest news, product reviews, promotions and sailing articles from Sailing Chandlery.


How to create a split tail mainsheet

by Andrew Dowley

Split Tail Mainsheet

A split tail mainsheet is a useful thing to have on your boat, they are used across a number of different applications from catamarans through to dinghies which have multiple attachments on the boom.

In this article we are going to cover two ways of making a split tail mainsheet, a basic way, and then a more advanced way.

Buying a new Laser Sailing Dinghy

by Andrew Dowley
Buying a new laser sailing dinghy

Buying a new Laser Sailing Dinghy

If you're looking to buy a brand new Laser sailing dinghy then you've come to the right place. Whether it's a Laser 4.7, Laser Radial of Laser Standard MKII we can help.

Here at Sailing Chandlery we are an authorised Laser Performance dealer for class legal offical parts and also brand new boats. We're also 5 star rated by our customers on TrustPilot.

In this article we'll cover the basics of the Laser sailing dinghy, what it can be used for, what's included with a boat and possible next steps in your purchase.

Laser XD Kit - What you need to upgrade your Laser to an XD

by Andrew Dowley

Laser XD Kit - What you need to upgrade your Laser to an XD

If you're thinking of upgrading your Laser from a classic rig to an XD rig then you've come to the right place.

Here are Sailing Chandlery we are Laser Performance authorised dealers and can provide you with all the help and support you need to upgrade your boat with a new Laser XD kit.

The XD in Laser XD kit stands for extra dimension, essentially the new rigging set up gives you extra control and additional purchase making your Laser control lines easier to adjust and your boat easier to sail.

Zhik Sailing Gloves - G1 vs G2

by Andrew Dowley
Zhik Sailing Gloves

Zhik Sailing Gloves - G1 vs G2

This week we've taken delivery of the new Zhik G1 sailing glove in both short and long finger versions.

Last year Zhik introduced their G2 sailing glove and we've had great feedback from sailors in a variety of classes. We're now interested to see how the G2 compares to the new G1 sailing glove.

When Zhik introduced the G1 glove to us as a sample back in July we were impressed, they had taken many of the features of the G2 but had beaten the price down to make the gloves more affordable to the wider sailing market. Although they are totally worth their money the G2 is priced at over £40 a pair.

Dinghy Show Wrap Up

by Andrew Dowley

It's now a week since we returned from the RYA Dinghy Show and we're just about getting back to normal. It's a huge task for us to pick up our business and move it to Alexandra Palace for two days, but it really is worth it to see all of our customers there face to face. Thank you to everyone who came to see us at the show.

At the last minute we had a great opportunity to partner with our friends at Zhik and nearly double the size of our stand to a brilliant 101sqm.

It's safe to say the partnership worked well and we were proud to be showing off all of the new Zhik gear available at the time which included:

That was on top of all the other popular Zhik items including our wall of Superwarm which gets comments every year.

These were just some of the clothing highlights on the stand which also included sailing clothing options from Magic Marine.

Our rope offcuts were extremeley popular and soon on Saturday morning customers were trying to get a look in, 15 50L boxes soon went down to 3 boxes!

Selling lots of stock allowed us some room in the van to bring back a boat for two very happy and young customers, a brand new Laser Bug for them to play with in the warmer months.

Off the back of the show we've also picked up a number of other boat sales providing Lasers and Picos to customers across the UK. That's on top of all the sails we've been sending out including training, class compliant and class legal sails.

We hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did. Did you pick up a pair of our sunglasses? we only have a few pairs left now so watch out for some online competitions.

Sailing Chandlery Founder Andrew Dowley Interviewed at the RYA Dinghy Show

by Andrew Dowley

At the recent RYA Dinghy Show Mark from popped by to speak to our founder Andrew Dowley.

It's now been a year since we changed our name from Dinghy Rope to Sailing Chandlery.

Tips For Cleaning Your Boat Cover

by Andrew Dowley
Boat Cover Cleaning

Tips For Cleaning Your Boat Cover

You've come back to your boat after winter and the cover is green or black rather than it's traditional blue or grey. Whether you've left the boat under a tree or winter has just done its worst to your boat cover we have some tips to getting that cover back into top condition.

Dinghy Show Laser Boat Deals

by Andrew Dowley
Laser Boat Deals for the RYA Dinghy Show

Laser Performance Dinghy Show Boat Deals

The RYA Dinghy Show is just around the corner and we're in full preparation mode for our stand. Come and see us in the West Hall, stand F14.

As it's the start of the season we've put together some deals on brand new Laser Performance boats. Whether you're looking for a Laser or a Laser Pico you should come and see us at the show.

If you can't make it to the show then do get in touch, we can offer these deals to you too and would be more than happy to talk through the options. Available for a limited time.

Win a days one on one coaching with Sam Whaley

by Andrew Dowley
Win a days coaching with Sam Whaley

Win a days one on one coaching with Sam Whaley

We've got an amazing competition in the lead up to, and at the RYA Dinghy Show 2019.

Enter the competition and you could be in with a chance of winning a days one to one coaching with Laser National and Inland champion Sam Whaley.

Sam is also one of our sponsored sailors, a member of the British Sailing Team and RS Aero 7 World Champion along with loads of other titles.

Enter the competition

Terms and Conditions

  • Sailing Chandlery will pick one lucky winner after the RYA Dinghy Show
  • A date for coaching will have to be agreed on between yourself and Sam
  • Coaching will take place in Swanage in Dorset, it is your responsibility to get yourself and your boat there on the chosen day
  • We can't control the weather on the day, we will plan to make the best of the conditions
  • By entering this competition you are also subscribing to the Sailing Chandlery newsletter
  • To be entered you will need to confirm your subscription by clicking a link in an email which will follow

New Zhik 470 Dinghy Sailing Boots

by Andrew Dowley
Zhik 470 Dinghy Sailing Boots - 2mm Neoprene

New Zhik 470 Sailing Boots

The new Zhik 470 dinghy boots are coming and we couldn't be more exited to see the new Zhik dinghy sailing boots range. They should arrive with us towards the end of February just in time for the RYA Dinghy Show.

If you want to get your hands on a pair and be one of the first then why not pre order with us, as soon as we have them we'll dispatch straight to your door.

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