Zhik Aroshell Smock - The ultimate spray top

by Andrew Dowley
Zhik Aroshell Smock - The ultimate spray top

Lets get straight to the facts on this one. WE LOVE OUR ZHIK AROSHELL SMOCK!

It is such a fantastic and versatile product. So far this year we've used it for sailing on both of our catamarans in windy and wet conditions and also while keelboat racing earlier in the year. With the forecast tomorrow it's likely we'll also be wearing it on shore in the rain tomorrow while boat rigging.

Zhik Power Pad Hiking Pads

by Andrew Dowley
Zhik Hiking Pad

Zhik Power Pads II have been evolved from the original Zhik hiking pads and have new improved features.

Zhik have designed their hiking pads to be more streamlined and comfortable with pre-shaped pads that mould easily to your leg shape. The new fit will support a wider range of movement while you are hiking out of your boat. They also have the ZiBand™ silicone banding on the inside to help prevent movement up and down your leg.

iCom Handheld VHF Radios for Local Sailing Club

by Andrew Dowley
iCom Handheld VHF Radios and Charging Base

iCom Handheld VHF Radios with Charging Base

Dinghy Rope have recently supplied 6 iCom handheld VHF radios and a charging base to a local sailing club.

Save 15% when you buy Zhik Microfleece and Titanium together in May

by Andrew Dowley
Zhik Microfleece Wetsuit and Zhik Titanium Top Deal

Zhik Microfleece Wetsuit and Top Deal - save 15%

Only a few days to go to take advantage of our wetsuit and top deal. The deal finishes at the end of May.

Save 15% when you buy a Zhik Microfleece wetsuit* and Zhik Titanium top together.

Zhik Microfleece Wetsuit

Available in mens and womens cuts the Zhik Microfleece wetsuit is made from the latest Zhik materials with comfort and flexibility key to the design. You won't believe how comfortable and warm the 1mm super stretch neoprene is!

Harken Available at Dinghy Rope

by Andrew Dowley
Harken logo

Harken Cleats, Pulleys, Shackles and Accessories Available at Dinghy Rope

We've been selling Harken sailing equipment for a few years now and are constanly expanding the range. Every time we order with Harken we tend to add something new based on your feedback.

We now stock Harken Cleats, Harken Blocks (pulleys), Harken Shackles and tonnes of Harken accessories which complement the Harken kit.

In this post we're going to run through an overview of the items available.

Zhik Superwarm Wetsuit Range

by Andrew Dowley
Zhik Superwarm Wetsuit Range

Zhik Superwarm

In this latest video Tristan from Zhik talks us through the features of the Zhik Superwarm wetsuit range.

The Zhik Superwarm comes in a skiff suit, full steamer and top. There are also accessories available including wetsuit socks and a headband.

Dinghy Rope at the Marconi Sprint 15 TT

by Andrew Dowley
Dinghy Rope at the Sprint 15 TT - Marconi Sailing Club

Over the weekend of 8th and 9th April I took part in the Sprint 15 TT at Marconi Sailing Club in Essex.

A Sprint 15 is a small catamaran, 15 foot long and can be sailed in a number of different combinations. Single handed, two up or by yourself with trapeze and jib (sport mode). This weekend I was sailing single handed with no trapeze and just a main sail.

What to wear guide for warm weather sailing?

by Andrew Dowley
Summer Sailing Clothing Guide from Dinghy Rope

In this article we look at some sailing clothing you should be wearing for comfortable, warm weather sailing.

Summer is approaching fast and soon we’ll be well into the sailing season and the cold sailing conditions of January and February will be a distant memory.

As we know the summer in the UK can be unpredictable and a beautiful summers day can quickly change. Our top tip would be the fact that you can always take layers off, but it’s very hard to find new layers you’ve left in the changing room. Always be prepared and make sure you take enough layers of sailing clothing out on the water, even if you keep that spray top in a safe place on the boat.

FREE Marlow Rope Bag when you spend £100 on Marlow Ropes in April

by Andrew Dowley
FREE Marlow Rope Bag in April

Marlow Ropes April Offer

Claim a free rope bag with every purchase over £100 of the world’s #1 performance yacht rope in April.

Marlow Ropes - the world’s #1 performance yacht rope - is offering a fantastic rope bag when you buy £100 of Marlow rope during the month of April.

All you have to do is buy your Marlow ropes from Dinghy Rope, send the email receipt showing your Marlow Rope purchases plus your postal address to: freebies@marlowropes.com then sit tight and Marlow will send you the Marlow Ropes bag to you in a jiffy.

The Marlow Rope bag is lightweight, water-resistant, easy to use and super versatile

Marlow Ropes Bag Specifications:

Use it as a rope bag, a rope bucket, a carry on route sack.

  • Large enough for an 80m of 10mm rope
  • 20 litre capacity
  • Lightweight 250 grams
  • Big top opening swallows kit quickly and easily
  • Drawstring closure allowing secure over-filling
  • Two mesh side pockets for incidentals
  • Zipped front pocket for valuables
  • Two side carry handles with velcro fastening

T & C Minimum purchase value £100stg (or equivalent) of Marlow Ropes in one transaction. Purchase must be made during the month of April. One bag only per qualifying purchase. No cash or discount alternative. Till receipt must be legible with date and details of purchase clearly visible. Offer valid while stocks last.

Please note this is an offer from Marlow Ropes.

420 Spring Championships 2017 by Ross Thompson

by Andrew Dowley

Sponsored sailors Alex Smallwood and Ross Thompson tell us about the 420 Spring Championships which were held at Hayling Island Sailing Club.

The spring champs was the second of 3 selector events to select the team to represent GBR at the international events over the summer. At the inlands 2 weeks previously we secured 3rd overall and 1st boys, putting us in a good position going into the 2nd event at HISC which took place last weekend.

We arrived at HISC early on Saturday morning to be welcomed by a steady 10-12 knots of breeze from the SW, a little less than we were hoping for but still a reasonable amount of wind. The first day of racing went according to plan, securing a 3,4,5 and 14 in the 4 races.

We went into day two 4th overall and 1st boys. Unfortunately on day 2 we did not do as well in the lighter 5-8 knots. The first race of the day was particularly interesting with two 45 degree wind shifts within 5 minutes either side of the start. In addition to this, a large gust came down the right hand side which we missed, meaning that we were in a poor 20th around the windward mark. Throughout that race we managed to climb up the fleet to eventually finish in 10th place. In the second race, we found ourselves in some difficulty near the pin end so decided to gybe out at 15 seconds to go. As a result of this we didn’t have the best of starts but luckily however we found ourselves in a nice lane heading out towards the right hand side of the course. Annoyingly, it was on that upwind leg that the sea breeze kicked in bringing the wind 60 degrees left allowing 20 boats to sail on the inside of us. We crossed the finish line in a disappointing 16th, but luckily for us 5 boats who were ahead of us were OCS giving us an 11th. After a promising start out of the pin end in the final race, we missed a large right shift halfway up the first beat making it very hard to catch up so we scored a 19th in that race, which was our discard.

In the series however we are still first boys/open boat by 22 points meaning we are still on track to qualify for the events in the summer. All is still to play for as we enter the final event of the series in a weeks’ time (the RYA Youth Nationals).

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