Laser Performance Boat Parts

by Andrew Dowley
Laser Performance Boat Parts

Laser Boat Parts

As an authorised Laser Performance dealer, Sailing Chandlery can provide official Laser Performance boat parts for the Laser, Laser Pico, Laser Bug, Laser Vago, Laser Bahia and Dart 16. These are the most popular Laser boats in the UK but Laser also offer a 420, Sunfish and Funboat.

If you need new parts for any of these boats Sailing Chandlery can source and supply - we hold many of the most popular parts in stock and will continue to expand our range of parts available on the shelf.

The types of parts we can supply are:

  • Sails
  • Spars
  • Fittings
  • Foils
  • Tillers
  • Kits
  • Bits and Pieces

86 boats for the East Coast Piers Race sponsored by Zhik

by Andrew Dowley
East Coast Piers Race

Last weekend saw the 31st edition of the East Coast Piers Race, once again title sponsored by our friends at Zhik.

We were proud to also sponsor the event running an on site chandlery service and providing prizes.

It was great to see so many boats again this year, a real mix of catamarans (which are tradition) and the growing number of dinghies taking part.

For those who don't know, the East Coast Piers Race is a weekend event held at Marconi Sailing Club in Essex. It's organised for chairty with this year the beneficieries being The Cirdan Sailing Trust and Essex Air Ambulance.

There is racing on Saturday which has two medium distance courses allowing competitors to test their boats and get used to the scenary.

On Sunday there are 3 race course options:

  • The East Coast Piers Race - for catamarans and a 48 mile course to Walton and back
  • The Colne Point Race - for catamarans and fast dinghies and a 27 mile course
  • The Bradwell Race - a new 13 mile course for dinghies with a PY of 1030 of faster

I am pleased to say the weekend was a great success, although the wind conditions were a little testing the breeze did kick in to give a great race on the Sunday. The entertainment was brilliant and all competitors had a great time.

Make sure you join us for the event in 2019, 6th and 7th July.

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Sailing and Marine Boat Rope - explore with new navigation

by Andrew Dowley
Sailing and Marine Boat Rope

We've changed our website so it's now even easier to find the perfect boat rope!

Sailing Chandlery have a wide range of rope in stock, everything from 1mm through to 10mm thick. We also have other popular items such as rope mini spools, twines and splicing tools.

Boat Covers a big hit!

by Andrew Dowley
Boat Covers

Boat Covers from Sailing Chandlery

At the end of 2017, the company that was then Dinghy Rope (now Sailing Chandlery) ventured into a new market of supplying boat covers.

We inititally started quite small just offering a few simple covers in both PVC and a breathable polycotton material.

Since launch our boat covers have been very successful and we're now shipping a good few every week for a range of boats big and small. For example this week we've sold boat covers for Lasers, Toppers and an A Class catamaran.

Topper Kicker/Vang - What you need

by Andrew Dowley
Harken Topper Kicker System

Harken Topper Kicker/Vang

The Topper sailing dinghy is popular, both for club sailor and also travellers. At each Topper event in the UK there are hundreds of boats competiting.

The Harken Topper Kicker system features on most modern boats and unfortunately sometimes the parts need replacing. Here is a guide to what you need to replace the system.

What you need

There are 5 parts to the Topper kicker system:

  • Harken shackle to attach to the boom
  • Harken 29mm carbo air block
  • Harken 40mm Fiddle Block with Swivel and Cam Cleat
  • Dyneema core rope
  • Braided hose pipe to go around the rope for comfortable adjustment

Some sailors also like to add a carabina to one end of the system for easy attachment, in this case we recommend the 6mm carabina.

Race Report: J24 National Championships

by Andrew Dowley
J24 National Championships 2018

J24 National Championship 2018 at the International Paint Poole Regatta

Sailing Chandlery sponsored boat Majic took 3rd place at the recent J24 National Championships from a fleet of 20 boats. Here is the race report from James Torr.

The 2018 J24 UK National Championship was held over the bank holiday weekend of 26th -28th May as part of the International Paint Poole Regatta. With thunder and rain forecast, the regatta weekend looked bleak, but miraculously the sun shone through to bring a very hot and desirable event. With twenty-one entries, the J24 class was the largest fleet in the regatta and as usual, presented extremely close one-design racing. The event attracted a good turnout of boats with two visiting from Ireland as the fleet gets ready for their World Championship at Lake Garda in August 2018.

Sailing Kit For Your Laser

by Andrew Dowley

Sailing Kit For Your Laser

Now we're a Laser Performance authorised dealer we thought it would be useful to write an article focussing on other items we have in stock which are popular with our Laser sailing customers. Here are the top 5 items:

  1. Harken 29mm Block with Removable Bolt
  2. Harken 18mm T2 Soft Attach Block
  3. Zhik Hiking Strap
  4. Zhik 360 Boots
  5. Breathable Laser Cover

Summer Wetsuits

by Andrew Dowley
Summer Sailing Wetsuits

Summer Sailing Wetsuits

Summer is here and for you it might be time to look for a new wetsuit to get you through the busy sailing season and UK heat (we hope).

At Sailing Chandlery we stock wetsuits for men, women and kids across a variety of budgets. The two main brands we have in stock are Zhik and Magic Marine.

You can easily filter the wetsuits we have in stock on our sailing wetsuits page.

As well as long johns, full and short arm wetsuits we also have many hiking wetsuit options available. On request we can also source wetsuit trousers from Zhik.

Race Report: RS Feva National Championships

by Andrew Dowley
Sam Blaker - FS Feva Nationals - Weymouth

Sponsored sailor Sam Blaker tells us about his experience at the RS Feva National Championships which ran at the end of May in Weymouth.

My helm and I have just returned from Weymouth after competing in the RS Feva National Championships. After 4 days of sailing and varied weather conditions to contend with, our final overall position was 26th out of 106 boats.

Having had our briefing the plan was to get at least three races in on each of first two days, this was achieved and I must say with a real mixed bag of weather conditions to contend with, from the first day of experiencing some really shifty wind patterns to the second day having such light airs and warm weather which brought its different challenges. After the second day sailing we were lying in 35th place with qualified us for the gold fleet. The amazing weather continued into the the 3rd day and whilst is was nice to catch the rays it came with its frustrations as we only managed to get one race in which was also cut short but still accountable. At the end of day three we were lying in 19th position.

All change when we woke on day 4. quite overcast with winds that exceeded 23 knots at times, different challenges again to contend with but overall we sailed well. Our final position saw us in 26th place which was reflected in the final race where sadly we had to retire due to the jib collapsing thus not able to finish.

We had an Amazing weekend sailing and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor ‘Sailing Chandlery’ who always support us - thank you

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

by Andrew Dowley
Big Yellow Sailing Watch

Treat Dad this Fathers Day

Fathers Day is fast approaching and is on the 17th June this year.

If your Dad is a sailor then here are a few sailing gift ideas that he might like.

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