by Andrew Dowley


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


Alice Davis wins the Burnham SC RS Feva GP

by Andrew Dowley
Alice Davis - Burnham Sailing Club RS Feva GP

Burnham SC RS Feva GP

Sailing Chandlery sponsored sailor Alice Davis and her crew Abby Hire were in action at Burnham Sailing Club just down the road from Sailing Chandlery HQ over the weekend of 13th and 14th April.

Race Report

The 3rd GP was hosted at Burnham SC, a place that we regularly train with Squiddies. The morning started with a nice breeze of 12-15 knots and it was coming up the river which was a great place for the course. The tide was quite a big factor in some of the races and we started the event with a 1st after some close racing, with Millie and Katherine in 2nd and Tom and Tom in 3rd. This was really good as we were hoping for top 5 results in all the races and to start the event well was encouraging!

We continued into the 2nd race with a shocker of a start and played a game of catch-up into 1st place. It was some really close racing and we were closely followed by Ralph and Kate in 2nd and Tom and Tom in 3rd.

New Zhik 170 Dinghy Sailing Boots

by Andrew Dowley
Zhik 170 Dinghy Sailing Boots - 2mm Neoprene

New Zhik 170 Sailing Boots

Not long now until the new Zhik 170 dinghy boots land at Sailing Chandlery, we can't wait to see them and the rest of the new Zhik dinghy sailing boots range.

If you want to get your hands on a pair of the Zhik boots 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 step.

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.

Interview: Arabella Saberton and William Harrison talk Nacra 15

by Andrew Dowley
Araballa and William sailing their Nacra 15 in Barcelona

We spoke to sponsored sailors Arabella Saberton and William Harrison about their recent February training trip to Barcelona.

Q: How long have you both been in the Nacra 15 Youth Squad now?

A: We are now in our second year of winter squad and were part of the summer squad for 2018.

Q: So why decide to train outside of the UK? Is this new to the youth squad?

A: If you remember last year, February was very harsh cold and windy, this made our February half term training very tough. Whilst we were braving the severe conditions to get 2 hours a day on the water, the British sailing team were posting reports on their training in Vilamoura. This made us have a rethink about how best to use the limited time we have for training in February.

Q: So how did you settle on Barcelona as a training venue?

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.

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