So we’ve been beavering away getting our orders out and sorted and this weekend we have been down to Milton Keynes to take part in the DF95 Nationals at Furzton Lake.
A superb weekend with plenty of good breeze and loads of sunshine making the whole event a real pleasure to be at. We placed 12th at close of play, I had some good races and a few bad ones but ultimately I sailed consistently enough to not have any large scores to drop when the discards came around. The age old problem of practice comes to mind and if I want to progress any further I think I need to do some more regular sailing.
Tim with “Shiny Blue 99” – Photo Sue Brown
With everyone using either B or C suits this wekend we were again pleased to see that many of the skippers were using Soch Sails as their weapons of choice, along with many skippers choosing to add our hull & deck sticker sets so that they could identify their boats in the busy fleets. My own boat really popped in the sunlight and Sue Brown got some really great photos, you can check them out by clicking the link here
We’ve been asked a couple of times for a replication of our shiny sticker sets as shown above and we will add something to the website over the next couple of days with some options.
We have also been asked a lot about our Stealth sails for the DF65 and we have now added these to the online shop so you can get your hands on a set should you wish to. We are supplying them as numbered sets with corners, luffs and numbers in whatever combination you want. If we can do it, we surely will!
Stealth DF65 A suit
Other than that we are still sending lots of goodies down to RC Yachts, so if you are thinking of purchasing a boat and want some of our kit with it then Mike is the man to speak to, and if you need a sticker set pronto in the USA we have Chuck at DSNA stocking both DF65 and DF95 sticker sets which he can dispatch in double quick time.
So we had a lovely ten day break in Derbyshire, did lots of exciting things, from riding a steam train to holding 3 day old chicks. Plenty of ice cream was had by all and we returned to a full bag of orders.
Apart from one or two orders which are taking a little longer to fulfill than we’d have hoped it seems that we are very much up to date with lead times for sail orders down to a couple of days for single suit orders.
We have also finally got our DF95 half length sticker sets sorted and up on the shop. We kept being asked for them so we’ve done what was required and engineered a good looking half length sticker set which looks good yet is easier to apply than the full length set. As with our DF65 half sets this one allows you to leave the original DragonFlite 95 decal in situ. Get yours here
DF95 half length sticker set.
Other than that we are now starting our own prep for the DF95 Nationals which take place in early June at Two Islands RYC in the UK, we need some practice as we haven’t sailed the DF95 since Fleetwood at the end of March……… As you’d expect we have a pretty trick sticker set in production at the moment for the event, there will be a reveal sooner or later……
So those that follow our social media activity will no doubt have seen that we’ve had a few early bird mornings this week, and for good reason. We have crammed two weeks work into a week and will be on holiday from tomorrow morning onwards.
Any orders placed with the shop from now will not be looked at until Tuesday the 16th May at the earliest.
Any orders that were placed up until this morning have been fulfilled so we are going away with a clear order book. It has taken some doing but we’ve made it!
We will have email where we are but will not be checking it with any sort of regularity I shouldn’t have thought.
If you need any of our products whilst we are away Mike Weston at RC Yachts has stock of most of our products and can ship them out to you quickly if you are in a rush.
So to recap, WE ARE AWAY UNTIL MAY 16TH, SHOP WILL TAKE ORDERS, ORDERS WILL BE LOOKED AT ON 16TH MAY. Can’t make it any clearer……..
I’m off to load the van and pack the family. Over and out.
So having had a mad busy March and a suitably busy April so far we have begun to find a little more time to sort out some housekeeping and we have updated the website a little bit. Nothing groundbreaking, just a few new pictures and a couple of update on our products.
We have also added a couple of V6 H&D sticker sets to the shop which are seconds for want of a a better word. They have some imperfections in the vinyl which means we can’t sell them as first quality. They are suitable cheap and when they are gone they are gone!
Afternoon all, so as the title suggests it has been exactly a month since we last posted. Lots has been happening since we last updated you on what we are doing here at Soch Sails HQ. We’ve done a bit of sailing but not much, we’ve invested in some new technology which has made some of our production a little easier and we’ve manufactured and sent out lots and lots and lots of Soch Sails goodies to all corners of the globe as well as chewing through two of our largest trade orders to date. Oh and we’ve also dealt with the Boatyard opening for the 2017 season. You might say we’ve had a bit on but I think we’ve got the measure of it.
Lets start with the sailing, which lets be honest is why we do this. Our last event was up at Fleetwood where we had two really good days of competition. The weather was superb although the wind wasn’t amazing it provided challenges for all involved and kept everyone on their toes right up until the debrief at The Mount each evening. We finished a very creditable 7th with the DF65 and 5th with the DF95 which we were more than happy with. The weekend after was the Eastbourne event which we didn’t travel to as it was looking like a 14 hour round trip in the van.
Fleetwood fun – Photo S Sharman
The scores have been updated and we are currently third in the standings out of the 81 skippers that have had a go over the four weekends. We are pretty stoked at this however I reckon with a couple of dropped events we’ll hopefully finish the season somewhere in the top ten!
Our new technology has involved us investing in a new plotter to speed up production of our sticker sets. It is a serious bit of kit that comes factory set to 11 in terms of speed. We have had to turn it down a little so that we can keep up with what it produces. In making this investment we have also had to change the software we have been using which has meant some transferring and re designing of some of our goodies. The main update has been to the DF95 sticker sets which now follow that same ethos as the DF65 V6 sticker sets and have a more tailored shape around the keelbox and foredeck areas as well as now having the deck edge sticker as part of the set.
We are currently churning out sticker sets for our buddies at RC Yachts here in the UK and Dragon Sailing North America who will be taking delivery of V6 sticker sets and DF95 sticker sets along with lots and lots of deck patches for both boats in the next couple of weeks. Mike at RC Yachts will also be getting a restock of the new V6 sticker sets as well as patches and sails.
As well as all of the above we have been fulfilling orders left right and centre with March being our busiest ever month since we started. So huge thanks to all those of you who have had the faith in us to purchase some of what we do and we hope that you like it enough to come back and buy some more when you need to.
As usual there are a couple of photos below of some of our recent work including our A+ suits. Enjoy!
So we have been a little overwhelmed by the response to the launch of our new DF65 V6 sticker sets and we’ve shipped quite a few sets all over the globe including a set out to Indonesia of all places. It seems that the DF65 is getting to the parts others have failed to reach!
Stealth carbon DF65 V6 sticker set…nice!
We’ve also had a super busy month with DF sails generally and are running a little behind with our A+ orders, all of which should be cleared by this time next week if not before.
Stealth DF65 A suit
Despite being very busy with DF65 and DF95 sails, stickers and other goodies we have also found time to build, rig and commission a handful of RC Lasers which we’ve shipped around the country along with several orders for spares and sails.
As if this wasn’t keeping us busy enough it’s that time of year when we get all our big boats back down to the boatyard for the season which starts at the weekend. Apparently the sun might be out which would be nice however I’m off to Fleetwood on Friday morning for rounds 5 and 6 of the DF Racing UK TT series which may also enjoy the predicted sunshine.
As such we will be finishing work on Thursday evening and will not be back aboard HMS Treehouse again until Monday morning. Once back we will be in residence at the boatyard until well after Easter.
If you need to place an order please head over to the shop by clicking here.
Check out some photos of this weeks work so far below, hopefully we’ll have some A+ photos next week!
So it’s taken a little longer than we had hoped and we’ve drunk our way through a whole heap of tea and coffee but here we are with a set of products that we hope you’ll really enjoy.
The sets come in three options, all being nine piece sets which make them our most comprehensive sticker sets to date and we have completely redesigned the V6 sets with all 9 stickers being completely unique to the DF65 Version 6 sticker sets.
Each set comprises of a half length deck sticker, a single use vinyl hatch cover patch, three piece transom set, two hull stickers and to stickers to fill in the strake between hull and deck. We are pretty sure we’ve got it covered!
We have a half length sticker set which has all the deck and strake stickers included but just has a half length hull sticker to blend into the original kit supplied graphic.
We also offer a similar set but with a full length set of hull stickers and then we have our third option which has a sail number or name on the hull sticker. Unfortunately due to the new deck arrangement we cannot offer a sticker set with a sail number on the deck set, there just isn’t enough space to put it on there.
Despite appearances there is no need to remove anything from the deck to install the sticker set other than unclipping the elastic from the front eye. We have applied four sets today and we have it down to around 7.5 minutes which was for the green set pictured above which we applied whilst on the phone to someone!
As usual the stickers will come to you in a cardboard tube with a useful guide on how to apply them successfully.
For more details visit the shop by clicking here.