As you’re no doubt aware I’ve spent the last two months by the side of many ponds, chatting to many friends that I’ve not seen for a while. There has also been some racing. There may also have been some drinking involved, I don’t fully remember.
This has been interspersed with short but very busy weeks at work making sure that I get as many orders fulfilled and shipped out as I can.
In turn this has left very little time for family interaction and it’s time to sort that out.
So, as of tomorrow evening (Thursday) we are off on holiday for a week on a boat, in and around Milton Keynes on the Grand Union canal. Sounds odd and perhaps it’s not quite what I’d have chosen but I’m doing a favour for a friend who can’t make it due to a set of truly rubbish circumstances. Myself, Emily and Phoebe will report back to the office and school on the 8th November.
I’m trying hard to get as many orders away tomorrow as I can but if you haven’t had a shipping confirmation by this time tomorrow then I’m sorry but your order won’t be looked at until I get back.
As ever the shop will be open whilst we’re away but please be aware that the order won’t be looked at until we get back.
Thanks for your understanding, it’s never a good time to get away but sometimes you’ve got to get on with it….so we are!
Eastbourne was a hoot, three nights of fun filled tales from around the UK with some great mates once again. Sailing wise I did ok, third with the DF65 on Saturday and fourth with the DF95 on Sunday followed by another epic drive through the mountains on the way home, I”ll have to try and time lapse a video of it, the roads are truly stunning to drive.
So I’ve done a week and a half at work and have very nearly gotten on top of my order list having shipped 64 orders including more than 40 suits of sails around the globe. I have some IOM sails to manufacture early next week after another weekend of racing. This time we leave early Thursday for Askern for some DF65 racing followed by the Northern District AGM, then we head South to Milk & Beans (Milton Keynes) for some food and refreshment. Friday might be a practice day for the weekend’s IOM ranking events which will be fun.
Once we’ve returned from there we only have one further weekend away which is a DF Racing TT at Southport in mid November, then it’ll be a few weekend day trips over the winter months before the racing calendar kicks off for 2022.
Work wise the big boatyard is coming to it’s season end at the end of October, next week is our last week of launching for the 2021 season and then it’ll be servicing and winterisations followed by storage for the boats. Soch Sails is still firing on all cylinders, perhaps I thought we might have a slow month or two but we seem to be powering on making our sails and accessories for radio sailing yachts and shipping it all over the world.
I feel that the RC Laser boat supply issues will not be sorted until Christmas but hopefully we can get restocked with some parts and sails in the next week or two which will be really helpful. As with most supply issues this year it’s no ones fault, it is just the way that the cookie has crumbled. Our commitment to the RC Laser doesn’t change, it was the boat that got me into radio sailing and still has solid fleets based around the UK and we need to continue to support them now and in the future as well as encouraging new fleets and individuals to get involved in the class.
We’ll keep you updated on RC Laser stock as we get news.
We have obviously had a busy 8 weeks of racing and the short work weeks have left us a little understocked on DF rig kits, both 65 and 95. This will be rectified on Monday with an order for lots of rigs going in and we should be restocked by mid week.
Other than that we are no longer able to produce Carib blue transmitter covers as our supplier has discontinued the colour. Not to worry, we have another blue coming on stream in the next few weeks. We will also be restocking our ever popular rig bags for DF65 and 95. Mike Weston at RC Yachts has had all of our available stock over recent months which is why we haven’t had any ourselves.
The shop is always open 247 to take an order from you and we’ll get that out to you as soon as we can. Shipping times seem to be somewhere normal, 10 days or so to AUS and NZL, two to three weeks to USA and anything in between to other locations. UK shipping is usually 24 – 48 hours from leaving us.
So I’ve had a reasonably relaxing weekend that didn’t involve tiny boat racing, rather much fun with some good friends and a rare weekend off from everything. Monday morning now and we’re gearing up for a short week and I’ll be out the door on Wednesday and on my way to Eastbourne for the next installment of the DF TT series whihc will be fun I’m sure.
As such I’ll chew through as many orders as I can in that time and get a few bags of post out on Wednesday afternoon. Anything I haven’t managed by then will be sorted on my return which will be a week today on the 11th October. I’ll then be in the workshop for around 10 days.
Well, another epic weekend of racing and social but boy, after four weekends pretty much on the trot I am one tired bunny. Add to that I picked up my daughters cold before heading off last weekend it made both the sailing and the social much tougher than it should have been.
My weekend didn’t go to plan really, only one good A fleet finish with a third and not much else to report. Didn’t achieve my goal of a top 15 finish by one spot but I think I’ll take it as the sailing was tough, and I mean tough. Friday saw some properly honking conditions that tested everyone’s ability to hang on to a C rig. Saturday was light and shifty, that tested everyone’s ability not to throw transmitters in the pond. Sunday was a bit of a lottery and it was a lake of two halves with steadyish breeze at the top and something that could never quite make it’s mind up at the bottom. Add in a washing machine spin cycle about a third of the way up which would never be quite in the same spot and would either lift you to heaven or head you to hell and you’ve got a measure of Sunday’s conditions….all in A rig.
To say we were tested is an understatement. The race team did a grand job of offering us good courses to sail. They were tested just as we were.
I’ve come back to a healthy inbox of orders that I’ll work through this week and I should ship most of them on Thursday.
On a less positive note the RC Laser situation doesn’t look like it will be resolved before Christmas. Our supplier informed us that the container he was due to receive mid July hasn’t yet been loaded in China. This is a frustrating situation for us as we’ve already missed a good chunk of boat sales recently and we will miss many more over the next few months. I have asked for an up to date stock list from them so we may be able to at least restock on sails and parts where available.
And that’s about it really, I only have three events planned for the next two months so it’ll give me plenty of time to catch up with boatyard stuff as well as Soch Sails stuff.
As usual the shop is open 247 to take your orders and I’ll crack on and get them built as soon as I’m able to. Sail fast folks.
Well, since my last post I’ve done two more National Championships and am heading towards another weekend at Fleetwood for the 2021 DF95 Nationals which I am sure will be another fun filled weekend of racing and social.
First weekend of September saw us down in Poole for the DF65 Nationals which was a 60 boat affair held in very light conditions which tested both skippers and race team to the max. I was pretty stoked to come away with 5th spot having spent all but one race in A fleet. It could have been third, and indeed was for some time of Sunday afternoon, however a mistake at the finish of the last race saw me drop six places in the race and lose third overall. Hey ho, the six hour drive home gave me some time to reflect and have a word with myself!
Another short work week then saw us back to Fleetwood for the RC Laser Nationals which was a rather tame social affair but the racing was strong in the small but elite fleet. You were either first or sixth in the leading group. Again, I was more than pleased with a second spot finish, one better than the weekend before.
Since then I’ve been hard at it in the workshop and today (Tuesday) I’m hoping to ship out the 30 odd orders that have come in over the last few weeks. This should see us very nearly up to date before we head off once again to Fleetwood for the DF95 Nationals. This event will be great, the wind looks like making an appearance for at least one of the days before perhaps getting it’s panties in a wad and moving to directions that don’t suit the venue particularly and getting up to a point where we might see some D rig action….at last! It’s certainly a tough field this year with lots of top international skippers making the journey to the historic pond at Fleetwood. I’d be happy with a top 15 finish in the event as I’m never too clever when it blows even though I’ve got the physique for it!
So I’m off to complete a couple of orders that need delivering to the event and then get into some boat prep before packing the van and getting an early start on Thursday. As usual the shop is open 247 to take your orders and we’ll be back at it again on Monday as we have a ten day window of production before we head to Eastbourne for a DF TT weekend.
Back from the IOM Nationals, mid fleet position required, slightly better than mid fleet achieved. Very broken, much fun had and short week done. Van packing now in progress and a trip to Poole beckons for some DF65 racing this weekend.
Hopefully not quite as much drinking…..but never say never.
I’ve managed to get 14 of my 27 orders out the door today, only a couple of suits of sails but lots of other goodies besides.
Workshop now closed until Monday 6th September, short three day week then off to Fleetwood once again on the 9th for the RC Laser Nationals all being well.
So I’m out of the office from tonight 25th August until Tuesday 30th August. I’m taking a trip to the IOM Nationals at Fleetwood to catch up with some folks I’ve not seen in a while. Wind looks a bit iffy but I’m sure it’ll be a great weekend.
I’m then away again on the 2nd September until the 6th when I’m off to the DF65 Nationals in Poole. Following that I’m away from the 9th to the 13th September at the RC Laser Nationals again in Fleetwood.
As such production will be limited between now and mid September, we’ll do what we can but if I’m not here the machine stops!
Hopefully I’ll remember how to sail…fingers crossed.
So, once in a while an opportunity presents itself and it has to be grasped with both hands.
The back half of this week is one of those times. I’m taking a few days off and there will be no production or shipping between close of play Tuesday 10th and Monday 16th August. I’ll be back at it on the 17th.
I’m hoping to get most of my work out of the door tomorrow, however if you haven’t had a shipping notification by tea time tomorrow evening then I’m afraid you won’t be seeing your order shipped until at least Tuesday 17th.
Thanks for understanding and I’ll catch you on the flipside.
Ok, so here in the UK we have had the hottest week for some time. Whilst in terms of some locations the temperature is about average it’s been roasting here with daytime temperatures in the workshop often being 35, 37 degrees c over the last week. Add to that no one in the UK owns any AC (unless it’s in their car) and most of the UK has just melted.
As such I’ve not been able to achieve an awful lot so if you’ve placed an order this week and you haven’t had a shipping notification then your order is being manufactured over the next few….hopefully cooler, days.
Our RC Laser shipment has now reached Coventry on it’s monumentally slow journey to us, I hope it’ll be only a couple of days now before it actually reaches us and we can restock most items and fulfill outstanding RC Laser orders.
In the meantime we are now also into school holiday season and the big boatyard is firing on all cylinders as well so I’m currently working 12 – 14 hour days to keep up. If our usually prompt fulfillment times slip a little bit over the next six weeks this is the reason why and I hope you understand.
Thanks for your continued support of Soch Sails, the shop is, as always, open to take your order.
So we’ve had a mail from our suppliers letting us know that export clearance is the delay with getting the spares out to us. They are confident that the shipment will be on it’s way to us before the end of the week and with us shortly afterwards. Apologies once again for the delay, nothing to do with us, we didn’t vote for it but apparently plenty did and now it’s more complicated than making a good souffle.