So an early dart on Saturday morning to West Lancs YC in Southport for the 2017 RC Laser Nationals. A reasonable entry of 20 skippers from across the UK, sunny skies and a little breeze. A rigs all weekend apart from a couple of early races on Sunday and I was glad I finally found a little time to put a fresh one together on Friday.
Skippers ready to race – Photo Susan Sharman
For me, Saturday morning was superb, the afternoon session was poor but I went into the overnight in 4th spot which was good enough. Saturday evening was spent in good company and a few beers were had and some food was eaten with a retirement time of around 23.00.
There are worse places to spend an evening!
Sunday morning saw some good racing in B rig conditions but with a dying breeze I took a chance in one race with the A rig and scored my only win of Sundays racing, that win combined with a smattering of second places left me in good shape heading into the final three races where right at the death on the last leg of the last race whilst sat in a comfortable third spot I caught some weed and watched the fleet sail past me before eventually finishing in a lowly twelfth spot which cost me second spot for the regatta by just one point.
Hey, ho, it’s only a game and I came home with another weekend sailing tan, some chocolates and a trophy, can’t grumble at that really. Thanks to all those at West Lancs who ran the event and thanks also to the skippers that took part and made the event as amusing as it was.
Full results sheet
There are a couple of photos from Susan Sharman who, as well as competing, also made some time to shoot a few photos. Check them out by clicking here
So I decided late last week that the UK RC Laser Nationals would fit in quite nicely with my plans for the coming couple of weeks so I dug out the many bits of my boat and stuck them together and went off to Burwain SC up in Lancashire for a National TT event and a bit of a tune up before the Nationals this coming weekend.
They all go in there somewhere!
It seems that, much like riding a bike, you never forget and a useful day was had racing a sometimes difficult course around the pond. A couple of race wins and some consistent sailing saw me finish in second position some 7 points behind first placed Dave Fowler.
Burwain SC from the deck, jolly nice!
So we are now gearing up for the UK RC Laser Nationals at West Lancs YC this coming weekend where we will have a go and see how we get on. It should be a good bit of fun and we can wave across the water at those taking part in the UK Marblehead Nationals at Fleetwood, also happening this weekend. If you fancy some spectating in the North West then you could come and watch both events with just s a short drive in between.
Speaking of National Championships I have entered the US DF95 Nationals in November which looks like being a really cool event. I’ll be spending a week or so in Florida which hopefully will mean somewhat more time to see a few things rather than our last visit to Texas where it was a bit of a whirlwind tour. If you need anything bringing to Naples, just let me know!
Other than that we are still busy manufacturing and shipping orders out to customers worldwide with the 11 orders over the last 48 hours being for everything from a deck patch to multiple suits of sails. No major updates to our stock, just a couple of things becoming unavailable for a short time and then reappearing when they come back in to stock. We try to keep this time to a minimum but it is very dependent on our suppliers.
Over the next week or two we will be adding some new sticker options to our inventory, people have been asking for something like our shiny blue 99 boat so we are just gathering the info to make them available to you guys. Colours will be limited but there will be a few available to choose from and they are bound to look really shiny!!
Shiny blue 99, soon to be available in other colours too! – Photo – Sue Brown (thanks Sue!)
As usual, if you need any Soch Sails goodies then please take a look at our shop.
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!