Back in Harness

So, after a good ten day break over in the USA racing at their DF95 National Championships we had arrived safely back in the UK and are getting back into the swing of things here. It’s jolly nice to be back at home, but it is certainly a little colder than it was over in Florida.

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At the regatta we did ok and placed 9th overall which was a reasonable result, my wingman, Chuck finished 8th with housemates Danny and Steve finishing 11th and 2nd. Some epic social events happened too, with our rental house being the perfect hosting venue for such gatherings.

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Having flown back in to Manchester on Tuesday morning we then had a 120 mile drive home to complete before trying hard not to fall asleep until it was actually later then 2100. Wednesday was a disjointed day with a couple of pre planned appointments out of the office, however today has been a super productive day with more than half of our holiday orders shipping out to customers in the USA, Australia and Japan as well as many other locations around the globe.

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So we are back, but so are our great rig bags, we’ve been and collected a batch today and they are back on the shop and available here

We have both the DF65 four pocket bags and the DF95 four pocket bags available.

We should have completed almost all our orders by the end of the weekend and we will be prepping our Black Friday deals for you guys to get on board with later next week.

For all your DF65 and DF95 needs remember that the shop is always open.

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Lincoln DF65 day.

A forecast of some showers followed by some afternoon sunshine were about right, the breeze didn’t do quite what had been suggested which meant a day of A plus sailing for most with a couple of races in A suit for some.

As ever the Lincoln race team were super organised and ran a great day of racing and along with the tea ladies the competitors were kept fed and watered through the day.

The racing itself ended up being somewhat predictable at the top of the scoreboard with JT taking top spot including a brace of 5th place scores to count it certainly wasn’t the usual whitewash. The usual bunch fought it out along with the 21 skippers and in the end the best of the rest was Derek Priestley followed in third spot by Tim Long. Fourth to sixth were covered by just 8 points with Weston, Ken and Peter Baldwin in that order.

The rest of the fleet were similarly close with the usual battles taking place and keeping everyone on their toes.

The final day of the TT series happens tomorrow and with a slightly better overall forecast it promises to be a cracker.

Results sheet below.

Prize winners below also….

So after 5.5 miles of walking we are off to the pub now!

Globetrotting Incoming!

So we are once again beginning the prep for the final round of the UK DF Racing TT Series which looks like a 5th or 6th place finish for me in the overall standings unless I put some really good sailing together. It’ll do for me though and I’ll head to the next event ready for some more great racing.

That next event is around 5000 miles away over in Naples Florida, and our journey to get there starts Monday with a trip to Manchester to see a good friend for a few beers, followed by a flight out to Orlando on Tuesday morning. I have 24 hours in Orlando with no plans whatsoever, so if anyone has some good ideas as to what I can do just let me know!

US Distributor Chuck flies in Wednesday and we will then begin Tim & Chucks epic roadtrip, probably in some sort of comedy vehicle, to Naples.

Practice Thursday followed by three days of tough competition against the USA’s finest DF95 skippers. Roadtrip back to Orlando on Monday and arrive back in the UK on Tuesday morning.

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Let the boat prep commence!

It will be a blast I’m sure, but this does mean that as of close of business tomorrow, Thursday 2nd November, there will be no production taking place until probably Wednesday the 15th November.  The shop will be open as usual but no orders will be fulfilled until our return.

If however you need some of our goodies in a hurry then please head over to the RC Yachts shop who are fully stocked with nearly all of what we have to offer.

We will be checking our email whilst we are on our travels so if you need to get hold of us you can do.

Again, we hope to head off with all our orders completed, something we should achieve this afternoon or by mid morning tomorrow. If you need anything between now and then, just ping us an order through and we’ll do our best to get it fulfilled before we leave.

In the meantime, here are some of the sails on their way to customers around the globe.

Up to Date

So we rolled back into the office on Monday morning with a total of 35 orders which had been placed whilst we were away on holiday (which was really good by the way!) with a remit to get them all out of the door before the end of the week.

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Out for a trundle during storm Brian with Phoebe.

As I write this at 18.42 on Thursday evening we have completed and sent 95% of those orders. We have a suit of sails awaiting a number and we have two suits of sails awaiting A plus rig kits that will be with us tomorrow.

So there are lots of goodies on their way to customers all over the globe, sails, sticker sets, rig kits, rig bags, patches, you name it, we’ve sent it this week.

Just a few of the suits of sails we’ve made this week.

As we are here to help with your requirements and the shop is open 24 hours to take your order. We will be going away again on Friday the 3rd November and will not be returning until the 15th November. A bit of a late season event at Lincoln and then another epic roadtrip to the USA for the DF95 National Championships.

If you are in the USA and need anything taking to the regatta please let us know in plenty of time so we might get it sorted and packed for you.

However if you need anything in the meantime please bear the above in mind.

 

Last Call

So we’ve sorted all our orders out and have a clean sheet ready for our holidays which start on Thursday.

We will be back in the workshop on the 23rd October, however whilst we are away we will have email access but obviously will not be able to fulfil any order placed after midnight tonight.

So if you want a suit of sails or some stickers whilst we are away enjoying the delights of Derbyshire please get in touch with Mike & Ann at RC Yachts who can supply you with our goodies, most of which they have in stock.

In the meantime here are some of the sails we have sent out this week.

The shop is open 24 hours a day to take your order www.sochsails.online

DF65 Nationals Thoughts

So we are back from the DF65 Nationals and all caught up on our orders bar three which will go out early next week. As usual we had a blast at the event, catching up with some old friends and also making new ones as well.

Whilst the final entry wasn’t at the 50 odd we had expected with the actual number being 41 it seems that the event made the DF65 the third best attended UK National Championship in Radio Sailing, not too shabby really for a plastic tub made in China. With the usual mix of skippers throughout the field, including some absolute beginners at their first event, not bad going by them at all.

Having sailed a reasonable seeding race I stayed in A fleet for the heat stages of the competition and counted a worst score of 10th over the whole weekend. by close of play on Saturday I found myself in a very creditable fifth spot with just 5 points or so separating second to sixth.

Sunday saw some trickier courses due to the breeze which I din’t enjoy so much but going in to lunch on Sunday there were four or five of us all tied on 34 points leaving all to play for in the last three races. I took my tenth spot in race 11, won the next one and would probably have been demoted to B fleet after a poor finish in the final race with a discarded 13th as my lowest place finish of the weekend.

After Sundays racing I had climbed a place to finish the event fourth overall which I was pleased with having shown a level of consistency that I haven’t before. Congrats to Tushy who sailed an almost faultless regatta, Derek who showed once again you don’t need to win a race to score well, you just need to score well time after time and Nigel, who was ninth going into Sunday’s racing and just sailed a storming day to climb six places to finish third overall.

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GBR 99 looking sporty! – Photo Sue Brown…thanks Sue!

 

Congrats also to all the other skippers that took part, everyone sailed in a mature and sensible manner with most people completing penalties as required and were a credit to the class as a whole.

After the Nationals I’m still sat in second spot for the overall TT placings, however I’m missing the next event at Keighley as I’m on holiday so I don’t expect to be there for much longer!

We have rig kits for both DF65 and DF95 back in stock now and they can be ordered through the shop, we also have a limited quantity of our great DF65 4 pocket rig bags in stock too.

Sail orders are currently being fulfilled within a couple of days of placing an order with RC Laser spares, stickers and other items being sent almost by return providing we have the right coloured vinyl in stock (annoyingly not this week!)

Advance warning that we will be on holiday during the mid part of October and will not be sending any orders out after the 11th  and then again before the the 23rd so if you have anything you’d like around that time please either order it early or wait until the 23rd!

Thanks for continuing to support our little brand, we are still always amazed at where our customers pop up from.

Find below a couple of shots of some of our recent sails.

DF65 Sails

DF95 Sails

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Stealth A suit for DF65

 

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We will be out of the office now until Monday, so any orders that have come through the door since last night will not now be looked at until Monday morning when we return.

Our road trip starts bright and early tomorrow with a quick jaunt to the Southampton Boatshow followed by a jaunt along the South Coast to Eastbourne for mid afternoon.

See you all there.