So the boatyard side of things is winding down towards our closed season which is giving us a little more time to get some cool new stuff prototyped and ready to head out.
We have recently appointed a handy guy who is regularly able to sew stuff for us, he’s a really good friend of the yard, a full size sailmaker and a really nice guy who we have known for around 15 years. He sold his sailmaking business a few years back and stayed on to do a couple of days a week. He has some cool ideas about our products and we are keeping him busy at the moment sewing our popular sailbags for both DF65 and DF95.
DF Rig bags available here.
As well as those we are also sending him some new goodies that we hope to add to our product lineup in the near future, we are keen to make sure what we produce is right before we launch it and we reckon with Jon’s input we’ll have some interesting stuff for you soon.
Sailing wise we’ve done a bit recently, the DF65 Northerns were a little tedious with a rare Timmy mechanical issue before the first race when my winch packed up which was fixed and then my boat decided to leak quite a bit….no scratch that it pretty well sank in each of the last three races. I managed a mid fleet finish for the day which wasn’t amazing but it was ok given the conditions.
The day after saw me on the moors in Yorkshire with the Northern IOM fleet for the district championships. Not a class I sail as much as I should, but one that gives good racing. A good many names from the district were missing but there were still 16 boats starting the day in C rig and finishing in A rig. I was pretty stoked to take a third place finish on the day using my own IOM Soch sails.
Not much on the horizon until late October when we head to Eastbourne, swiftly followed by our “big trip” out to Dallas for the DF95 Global event, something that lots of us are looking forward to.
In the mean time we are still making lots of sails and shipping them all over the globe along with sticker sets and other goodies. When we’ve got some news on our new goodies we’ll let you know.
The shop is always open to take your order and with the yard being quieter our lead times for sails is usually between 24 and 48 hours plus shipping times. Sticker sets are usually fulfilled on the same day they are ordered as are rig bags and other goodies.
Here are some photos of a little bit of our recent work.
Well we have finally got time to get a brief update on the website and it seems we have been silent for nearly two months. It has been a busy few months both with Soch Sails business and also the Boatyard that we run too. We have had some amazing weather here in the UK which just seemed like it was never going to end with temperatures of 30 plus degrees it has meant lots of boating for our customers here at the yard.
I’ve been busy with the Soch Sails side of things too, lots of orders sent out over the last few months to all corners of the globe keeping me quiet. We even installed some AC at Soch Sails HQ to keep us cool whilst making sails and other goodies.
So we are now mid way through August…almost… and we have decided to take a bit of a break before the Bank Holiday weekend. As of this afternoon we will be bang up to date with our orders but as of close of play on Tuesday we will be leaving on a roadtrip to see family over in Yorkshire for a week and we will not begin production again until Wednesday 22nd August. It will then be a short week due to the Bank Holiday which we need to get the yard ready for and then we’ll be back on it properly from the 28th August when production will return to normal.
As usual the shop will be open to take your orders and where we can get items out quickly we will continue to operate our normal short lead times.
In the meantime here are some photos of a few of the sails we have produced recently.
So the slow week at the beginning of the month turned out to be a super busy first half of the month which resulted in just one afternoon of boating goodness. So we are now at the tail end of the month and have just boxed off our latest orders, the weather is looking pretty sweet so we are ready to try again.
Hopefully we’ll get a couple of hours on Actual Boat each day for the next few days which will be nice.
Actual Boat in the actual sea!
Since we last updated our blog we have had a trip down to Milton Keynes for a weekend of DF Racing which was good fun, although a little frustrating on the Sunday as I spent the day fighting what turned out to be a deteriorating rudder servo, hey ho it was fun all the same.
Last weekend saw us take our newly finished IOM sails out on the racecourse, it was a tough racecourse too with lots and lots of previous National and World Champions competing, certainly a good place to find out whether what you’ve made is any good.
I placed mid fleet on Saturday which is pretty much where I expect to be in the UK IOM fleet. Sunday was lighter and tougher to concentrate due to the heat and being a little dusty from Saturday night and I didn’t fair too well. However our sails also had an outing on a brand new boat which was sailed into 11th spot on Saturday and 14th spot on Sunday, even winning an A fleet race. Positive comments about the sails on both days more than made up for my own Sunday performance.
A fleet start towards the end of Sunday racing.
So we’ll be around to make stuff when you guys order it, the shop will be open 24/7 to take those orders and in the meantime I’m off to spend some quality time out on the water.
This afternoons office view.
So we’ve gotten through half term and pinged out of the other end with just a couple of orders to complete, which is no mean feat with the weather we’ve had. We have a couple of commercial orders to fulfill this week and will be concentrating on getting these done as well as taking a little time to enjoy the great weather we’ve been having. “Actual Boat” has been recovered from winter storage and we’ll be spending a couple of afternoons this week out on the water.
This means that current sail order lead time will now be early next week for anything ordered from here on in…….unless it rains……or the boat breaks!
The shop is open as always to take your order and we can speak and mail whilst out and about if you have questions.
So last weekend didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, whilst not expecting any chocolates, or even wine, I hadn’t expected to land my self only a handful of spots from the bottom of the fleet. Hey ho, the conditions were difficult with little or no wind coming from every direction. I still have a lot to learn about RG65’s thats for sure.
So this weekend I’m back to something I know, the DF65 and the UK Nationals at Gosport. It should be fun, although all the forecasts are pointing to another weekend of sitting by a pond watching for wind…….that’s a lot of miles for a sit down, but that’s just the rub of the green I guess.
So I’ve made myself a suit of my own stealth sails to see how we get on with them and I’ve also gone for a dashing set of white painted foils, which should help identify whatever it is on my keel slowing me down!
That’ll help with the obstruction identification!
No expectations again this weekend, just some good fun sailing and social with some great mates!
I’d usually be back in the office bright and early on Monday morning, however it’s our wedding anniversary on Monday and I’m whisking Mrs Boatyard away for a break at The Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa, not entirely my thing as you can imagine, but I’m looking forward to a break that doesn’t involve boats and racing. So we’re spending a quality 48 hours together by a lake which will be lovely. So I will not be back in the office until Wednesday morning when we’ll be steaming on with a whole raft of orders, we’ve already got a good number stacked up that we haven’t got to this week, so next week promises to be both short and super busy.
As always the shop is open to take your orders, but as above please don’t expect our usual speedy service over the next ten days to two weeks, however we’ll get through it as fast as we can when we return.
Enjoy your sailing this coming weekend wherever it is.
A little bit of this weeks work.
So tomorrow sees us packing the van and heading down South to Two Islands RYC in Milton Keynes for the RG65 National Championship. It’s a class I’ve only sailed twice before and really enjoyed both times, once with my own Ice and once with a borrowed Scurry. This weekend I’ve been loaned a Scram to sail. No idea whether I’ll be any good but it’ll be a whole heap of fun trying to find out!
As such there will be no production from this evening until Monday morning when we’ll crank the machine up once more. Another short week next week as we travel to Gosport on Friday to the DF65 National Championship.
Meantime this week we’ve shipped goodies all around the globe again, from Barnsley to Florida and Manchester to Mexico along with Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and a whole raft of domestic orders to boot.
Remember that if you need anything whilst I’m away the shop is always open to take your order. If you need some advice on what to order you can always drop me a mail or give me a call.
It’s been a busy time here at Soch Sails HQ over the last month or so, we’ve been out on the road a fair bit since Easter and have visited Fleetwood, Keighley and Lincoln (twice) for some great sailing and some nice social too.
Lincoln towards the end of March was my first outing with my IOM for nearly 18 months and I thought that a National ranking event was probably a good place to find my feet. Two days sailing saw me finish in the top half of the fleet on both days which I was more than happy with. After Easter there was a trip up to Fleetwood with my own first suit of IOM sails, it was a difficult day to say the least , with very little breeze and I was happy to finish the day third to two very well sorted boats.
The following week saw a trip up to Keighley for a race or two with a good friend who knows a thing or two about the Vision and also knows a fair bit about setting them up. I had lots of setup advice from John and finished the day second to him.
Last weekend saw a trip back to Lincoln for a weekend of sailing, Saturday saw the RG65 travellers series event and I was lucky enough to borrow a boat to race with and even won a few races but ultimately lacked consistency throughout the day and finished a very creditable fifth. Sunday was another IOM event and another chance to get some testing done in some top end of A rig breeze which was nice. I couldn’t live with the very well sailed Britpop of Chris Elliott and was stoked to finish second having had some sort of flying insect take up residence in my eye during the afternoon session.
Different days, different lakes, same boat!
I’m back on the road on Friday and up to Fleetwood for a DF Racing TT weekend which will be loads of fun for sure.
We’ve made lots of sails and sticker sets over the last few weeks too, and although it seems a little quieter than usual it seems that we are still doing great business all over the world with a great many happy customers sending us some lovely emails. The quieter time has allowed us to get on and update many of our sail product photos on the shop with up to date shots of what we are producing.
We have also added a different patch option for the DF95 which we can now offer as a cloth patch as well as a vinyl patch, you asked, so we got it sorted for you.
So, as usual if you need any DF Racing Yacht goodness please head over to the shop at www.sochsails.online and take a look at what we have to offer….and some shiny new pictures!