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.
Afternoon folks, so we’ve been stabbed in the arm twice and are enjoying being able to go to the pub a bit more which is all really nice. We are also rather busy producing sails and accessories for DF65 and DF95 yachts as well as sails for IOM yachts here in the UK and worldwide. So far this month we have manufactured and shipped over 80 orders and are pretty much back up to date which means our lead times are back to a couple of days rather than a week or more as we were at the front end of this month.
Whilst all of our DF Racing yacht products are hand made here at HQ to order and can be produced at the drop of a hat we have had some supply issues with the RC Laser side of the business. Some shortages with our suppliers , combined with shipping complications have left us without a few key items, such as sails, which are quite important. We’ve had word this morning that our order is being shipped which contains most of the out of stock items for us and that should be with us within a week to ten days. When it arrives we’ll restock the shop but in the meantime please accept our apologies for being out of some items.
I have also managed to go sailing (only once) during the last month, a trip to Weecher with the IOM Vision to see what I’d remembered having not sailed for around a month due to work pressures. There were visitors from Fleetwood and I was pleased with a third spot finish in the 14 strong field. Hopefully I’m heading to Fleetwood on Sunday for more IOM sailing and a bit of practice at the venue before the UK Nationals in August. I’m also looking forward to seeing most of the DF Racing regulars at Weecher on the 24th – 25th July for our first TT meeting in 18 months.
As I mentioned earlier we’ve been busy making sails and stuff and we have restocked our good friends at RC Yachts with lots of sails and goodies so if you need it in a super rush get in touch with them and they’ll have it for you. We have also restocked on DF rig kits so if you want a suit of sails and a rig to hang them on we can do that for you too. We’ve also shipped a hefty sticker order to a new fleet in the USA who wanted a multitude of different colours for their new yachts.
Shipping news is pretty good on the whole with most items making it to their destinations around the world without issue. Some locations in the US are still taking longer than we’d like them to but they are, in the main, making it through. We’ve had a few good runs out to Australia and NZ recently with 8-10 days being our best effort. Most European destinations are good too, however Sweden is proving a real issue currently and for reasons unknown we’ve had three or four parcels returned without explanation which is a little frustrating both for us and our customers.
So, in summary, lead times back to normal, shipping mainly good, some RC Laser shortages which will be sorted soon and smiles all round. The shop is open 247 to take your order and as always if you can’t see it how you want it just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen.
Please find a small selection of the sails we have made in June posted below.
So, May as a whole has been one of the busiest months on record for me here at Soch Sails. We’ve taken and shipped over 130 orders for everything from an RC Laser switch to full hits of IOM sails.
Running alongside Soch Sails I also run a full size boatyard which, owing to the great weather and the easing of lockdown, has become extremely busy. Add to this the half term break and some hefty trade orders (80plus suits of sails) and we have the perfect storm.
I’m trying ever so hard to get orders manufactured and shipped in good time but the combination of many 12-14 hour days making sails and running the boatyard is proving tricky.
Our usual swift shipping times are taking a bit of a hit and we are running little behind. Rest assured I’ll be back on it next week but currently we are perhaps a week behind. Sails are being manufactured but at a much slower rate than usual.
Apologies for this but Soch Sails is essentially me on my own, I don’t have a team of people helping me out so every now and again I fall behind, this is one of those times.
Keep ordering, I’ll get you sorted as quick as I can.
Sorry, sorry, sorry. I know we were supposed to draw the winner a few weeks back but as per usual life has been a little busy recently with big boats and small boats keeping us occupied.
Anyhow we got Phoebe to complete the draw via FB live, I’m pretty sure the girl knows no fear and there is a media based career in her future somewhere. Torken Borjeson from Sweden won the goodies with the name “Steven Seagull”, a fine choice and now we have a name for our mascot you’ll probably see him about the place a bit more in the future.
So there we are, competition complete, I reckon there might be another one before too long as we’ll soon be getting some Soch Sails threads sorted. Thanks to all those of you who took the time to enter the competition, you’re all winners!
If I get a spare minute I’ll be back later this week with another post and some updates for you on what we’ve been up to recently, it could be quite a long post as there’s plenty to tell you.