Just a Quickie

Just to let you know that we will be away for a few days. We are doing our first proper IOM event of 2016 this weekend which is the Nationals at West Kirby. Nothing like a proper race to shake down a new boat that we haven’t seen finished yet. A trip to Yorkshire to collect and tune the boat tomorrow should see us in good shape for Saturday morning.

Having said that it’s nice to go to an event with absolutely no expectation at all and just look forward to seeing some good friends, doing a bit of racing and having the odd beer or two.

This will mean that no orders will be processed between now and next Tuesday when we’ll get back into the swing of it.  The shop will still be there to take your orders should you wish to place one.

Have a great weekend whatever you are up to.

A Busy Month

So here we are looking at nearly a month since we last posted an update for you guys, so here it is!

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We’ve been quieter this month than of late which has been useful as the boatyard has been super busy with the school holidays and I’ve had to split my time between the two sides of the business but hopefully the lead times for our customers has been satisfactory with sail orders being processed within two weeks or less.

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Having said that we’ve produced lots of goodies for our friends at RC Yachts who stock most of our products too. So if you want a set of our sails with white luff and corners then check them out!

RC Laser stuff seems to have picked up lately with a good few orders going out. There is a possible supply hiccup on the horizon but we’ll keep you posted with that as it develops.

Other than that there isn’t much to tell, we’ve been out and about a bit, spending a weekend at Furzton Lake with DF95’s RG65’s and IOM’s which was fun. The DF95 racing wasn’t great for me with a couple of “issues”, the RG racing was superb fun, I used my Carbon ICE design (the grand daddy of the DF65) for the first time with a swing rig that I built and placed a very creditable 7th from 22 which was a really pleasing result. I need to spend a little more time with the boat and build some proper rigs for it and perhaps see about a proper campaign next season.

We were lucky enough to have Sue Brown on hand to take some photos of the event, I’m sail number 1, which was hastily applied 2 minutes before the start….

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Photo by Sue Brown

Speaking of which my IOM saw it’s first outing at Furzton in next to no breeze at all. Having spent all summer sailing small boats this was a bit of a shock as to how docile the IOM was, but she went well and even scored a first place and a few seconds during the morning sailing. It has been shipped back to Yorkshire for some finishing touches and I will collect it on Friday morning just in time for the UK Nationals at West Kirby over the weekend….no pressure then…..!

Next month we will have had the shop open for 12 months and we might just run an amusing competition to celebrate.

As always if you need anything then just drop us a mail or drop an order through the shop. 

A couple of updates

So we’ve seen our busy spell draw to a close and we are back to lead times of around a week or less for sail orders which is great news for you guys. We’ve had a couple of email issues lately where the Jobs, Gates & Norton interface on the old laptop has ceased to work correctly leading to lots of emails that were once deemed suitable ending up in the auto deleting spam folder unbeknown to us!  If you’ve sent us a mail in the last month to six weeks and you haven’t had a reply then the chances are this is what has happened!

We have addressed the issue by buying a new computer which seems to be working quite well now.

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There have been a few incidences lately whereby people have struggled to release the vinyl sticker sets from the backing paper when attempting to apply their shiny new sticker sets. We have updated our sticker set application instructions and have added some handy tips to get it right first time, check out the sticker set page.

We returned from the Nationals with a  9th place finish, not bad considering the amount of sailing that we haven’t done again this season. Soch Sails powered boats faired well with a third place finish, along with an 8th, 9th and 10th and with a further 4 boats being powered by our sails we made up one fifth of the fleet which we are really stoked about.

Production of sail bags for both the DF65 and DF95 is underway again and we should have stock of both bags by the middle of this coming week.

In the meantime if you need anything please visit the shop at http://www.sochsails.online

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More Busy Times

So we’ve been busy again doing all sorts of exciting things over the last few weeks. Tim took a trip to Lytham St Annes where he raced his RC Laser (badly) and recorded a mid fleet finish (5th from 12) and came home all hot and bothered and had to spend Monday having a lie down before getting back to work on Tuesday and Wednesday before leaving for some family time in Yorkshire celebrating his mum’s 70th Birthday over the weekend.

Monday saw us travel back to base and endure a journey which should take around 3.5 hours but took more like 5.5. Still, on the plus side we arrived home, unlike some other unlucky people.

So we’ve been catching up today and have melted our orders from a hefty 35 down to 15, hopefully we can get that number down some more tomorrow before we have another break and celebrate our daughter Phoebe’s 3rd birthday on Thursday before packing up the van again on Friday for the DF65 Nationals up in Fleetwood over the weekend where my Sunday performance will be directly proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed on the Saturday evening…….

In other news we have had to temporarily stop production of our laminate range of sails, for no other reason that we have run out of material and our suppliers don’t currently have any more in stock. As soon as we get our sweaty mitts on some we’ll let you know!

As of next Tuesday we will be back in full production mode and should have our backlog of current orders completed and shipped by the end of the week.

DF65 and 95 sailbags are currently in production but our local big boat sail maker is currently off racing his full size Dragon in the Edinburgh Cup which is being held locally this year, he will be disciplined when he returns and we should have some more sailbags for you guys soon enough. Apologies for the delay on this one.

For all our other goodies please check out the shop http://www.sochsails.online

Catching up

So we’ve finally got the boatyard back on an even keel after a month of being super busy and we are back in the treehouse manufacturing sails, stickers and other DF related goodies.

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More sticker sets on their way out

We have seen a huge demand recently for our sticker sets and having spent a lot of time at the boatyard we are catching up with our Soch Sails orders and we have required a little help from our newest superhero “Vinyl Girl”. She’s not quite got the hang of things yet but she is certainly brightening up our workspace!

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Vinyl Girl helping out!

We have pretty much caught up with our backlog of orders and everything currently on order should be on its way by the end of the week which will bring our lead time back to a week or less for sails with stickers usually being shipped within 48 hours.

In the meantime if you need anything please check out the shop

Out & About

Last weekend saw us travel around the North of England in search of some dry weather and some wind to race our DF65 and DF95. In the end we found neither required ingredient but we did find a lot of like minded individuals who made the two days racing much more enjoyable.

Saturday saw us at Fleetwood where the DF65 Nationals will be held in less than a months time, there was plenty of grey cloud which gave way to grey rain showers throughout the day, making the choice of outerwear pretty critical!

The racing was great with 16 DF65 skippers sailing the day, we managed a 5th place finish after a consistent days sailing but we didn’t have any really big scores to drop which meant that we missed out on 4th by just one point.

Saturday evening involved a dash across the Pennines (terrain features for those from Texas!) to Chateau Tushingham where the night was spent building boats for Sunday, eating Chinese food and drinking some red wine.

Sunday saw 12 DF95 skippers line up at Weecher up on’t moors above the Aire Valley and slightly below the cloud line. There wasn’t a whole heap of wind but we managed about 14 races up and down the clubhouse bank with A rigs being the order of the day. I was quite pleased with my sailing, I’m still trying to get the measure of the boat and setup is critical to a good performance when the fleet is so evenly matched.

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Timtanic Too taking some lunch!

During the afternoon session the finishes were really tight with nearly all boats finishing within a boat length or two from each other. I finished 4th with three bullets to be proud of.

I need to do more sailing is the general feeling, whilst most people go club sailing to hone their skills it seems that the only sailing I get to do is at actual events that count and it usually takes me part of the day to remember how to sail which can be a little frustrating.

My next event will be an RC Laser Northern District race at Fairhaven, somewhere I haven’t sailed for a couple of years.

I’m now babysitting for a couple of days whilst Emily takes a trip to London for a concert and I have a funeral to attend in Cheshire on Friday so production will ramp up again at the weekend and beyond.

If you need anything just check out the shop.

Busy Times

Sorry we’ve been a little quiet again on the social media front but we’ve been super busy. As many of you will know we also run a full size boatyard which over the last two weeks has been the busiest we have seen it for some years.

We had some absolutely stunning weather which lasted through the bank holiday weekend, through the half term holidays and finally broke yesterday afternoon with a storm which has made things a little less stuffy.

As a consequence of this Tim has had to go to “actual” work and has spent the last 7 of 9 days at the boatyard looking after that side of the business. This has had a bit of a knock on effect on the Soch Sails business which is now running a little bit behind schedule. We are working hard today, Tuesday, but will be out of the office on Wednesday and Thursday before having another work day on Friday. We’ll then be back in the shed on Monday 13th June for a day but will then be babysitting for a few days and attending a funeral so it will be another disjointed week for production.

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In the meantime please accept our apologies for the slightly slower than usual service and enjoy a photo of Tim doing “actual” work and servicing a nice Yamaha 70hp outboard!

Cheers, Tim