Nose to the Grindstone

IOM sails ready to finish.

This morning was a bit of a shock to the system, it was dark, grey and bleak when I hauled myself out of bed at 0715. It was the first day back in the workshop and time to clear some of the 72 orders that have dropped into the inbox since I finished for Christmas some weeks ago.

Heater on, music cranked up and I managed to assemble, pack and ship 44 of those orders today which is a good day’s work.

Home, dinner and a little bit of family time and I’m out in the Soch Sails HQ in the back garden and once again the heater is on, the music is cranked and I’ve picked another few orders from “home” stock and finished four suits of IOM sails which make up another two orders.

Tomorrow should see another 10 or so orders out the door and away to their destinations around the world.

Whilst I really do enjoy what I do it really isn’t as much fun as spending time with Emily and Phoebe so I’m having Friday off to go and explore Parys Mountain on Anglesey which in it’s day was the biggest copper mine in Europe.

Heading into next week we should see most of our post Christmas sail orders manufactured and shipped.

I’m hoping to have some positive news about new RC Lasers, if you’re interested in one please drop me a line.

As ever the shop is open 247 for you to browse and place an order for a suit of sails, a DF rig kit, a set of our ever popular hull sticker kits or whatever else you might need.

Catch you pondside soon.

Happy New Year!

Just a short one to wish all customers and friends a very happy New Year! Thanks to you all for your continued support over the last twelve months. Hopefully I’ll see you at the side of a pond or in a pub, or both in the next few months.

I’ll be back in the workshop on Tuesday and should have most of the pre Christmas backlog shipped by the end of the week. Then I’ll crack into the post Christmas and NY orders that have come in which should be out the door by the end of the following week.

Stay safe, sail fast and drink plenty!

Christmas Greets aaaand we’re done!

Family time.

So we’ve completed nearly all our orders and apart from a few UK ones which we’ll ship out on Monday we are done with shipping for 2021. There is little point in sending items Internationally at this time of year it risks damage and loss, none of which are helpful.

So any order placed between now and the new year will be shipped at the front end of 2022.

I’m off to spend some time with family now so I’ll take this opportunity to wish all our customers and friends a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Stay safe once again and we’ll catch you on the flip side.

As ever the shop is open 247 to take your order so please keep placing them so I’ll have at least some excuse to leave the sofa over the next few weeks!

Chubby Elf working hard!

Having returned from a lovely family break on Wednesday morning I have been hard at it getting orders out of the door since then.

Wednesday afternoon saw 18 of the orders shipped out to customers, Thursday saw a couple more head out with our courier.

I’ve been busy making sails since then and managed to manufacture 24 suits over Thursday and Friday. This means I’m nearly up to date and with a bit of a push on Monday and Tuesday I’m hoping to get almost everything out of the door by Wednesday which would be pretty cool.

We have a couple of stocking fillers back in stock, including a few DF rig bags and a small number of our very popular transmitter covers in blue and black. Grab them in the shop whilst you can!

I’ll update you again towards the end of next week, no production on Friday as I have to go and say goodbye to a dear friend which involves a bit of a road trip.

If you’ve ordered sails from the shop recently see if you can spot them below.

Family Time

After a very busy November in the workshop manufacturing DF sails, IOM sails and lots of radio sailing accessories it’s time for a break. As of now the workshop is closed until Wednesday 8th December so that we can head back to Yorkshire and see family before Christmas.

We’ve shipped all our overseas orders apart from one before leaving the workshop this afternoon which should mean you’ll get your goodies before Christmas.

When we return next week there will be no guarantee that overseas orders will reach you before the big day although we’ll do our best to get them out to you.

UK orders will be good until the end of the following week (17th) but after that we’ll probably not post anything until after Christmas.

So there we are, the chubby elf will continue to manufacture and ship orders until the 17th but after that he might have a bit of a break himself and enjoy a relaxing Christmas with a beer or two and a bbq as well.

As ever the shop will be open 247 and you can place an order for us to manufacture on our return. We might even have some stocking filler rig bags and transmitter covers ready to ship too.

Here’s some piccies of a few November sails…enjoy.

Back again….and away again!

Big view holiday!

Well we had a holiday, and it was great. It wasn’t what we were hoping for as the canal boat blew it’s gearbox on the Friday afternoon so that went out of the window as a holiday option. So, instead we found ourselves in a cottage in Shropshire for a week. We walked up some big hills, ate some nice food, drank some nice drinks and generally enjoyed some really great family time, something we don’t get to do an awful lot.

Anyhow, I was back in the workshop on Monday and have ploughed through around 40 orders this week leaving us with less than a handful to get through in the early part of next week.

So, I’m packing the van once more for the last of the DF Racing TT events this weekend up in Southport at West Lancs YC. Always a fantastic venue, great fun and good social and my first time back on the water with the DF’s since Eastbourne more than a month ago.

I’ll be shipping another load of orders out before I leave this afternoon. Then I’m back in the workshop on Monday in the final push to Christmas. There are some looming postal deadlines for overseas shipments towards the end of November so if you do want items to open on Christmas day and you’re in AUS, USA or NZL then it might be sensible to place those orders earlier rather than later.

Current shipping times are pretty good to all those locations but I know this will change for the worse over the next few weeks.

Anyhow, I’m off to pack the van and send some post. Stay safe and have a great weekend!

Holiday.

As you’re no doubt aware I’ve spent the last two months by the side of many ponds, chatting to many friends that I’ve not seen for a while. There has also been some racing. There may also have been some drinking involved, I don’t fully remember.

This has been interspersed with short but very busy weeks at work making sure that I get as many orders fulfilled and shipped out as I can.

In turn this has left very little time for family interaction and it’s time to sort that out.

So, as of tomorrow evening (Thursday) we are off on holiday for a week on a boat, in and around Milton Keynes on the Grand Union canal. Sounds odd and perhaps it’s not quite what I’d have chosen but I’m doing a favour for a friend who can’t make it due to a set of truly rubbish circumstances. Myself, Emily and Phoebe will report back to the office and school on the 8th November.

Next weeks home from home.

I’m trying hard to get as many orders away tomorrow as I can but if you haven’t had a shipping confirmation by this time tomorrow then I’m sorry but your order won’t be looked at until I get back.

As ever the shop will be open whilst we’re away but please be aware that the order won’t be looked at until we get back.

Thanks for your understanding, it’s never a good time to get away but sometimes you’ve got to get on with it….so we are!

Into another race weekend we go!

Birds!

Eastbourne was a hoot, three nights of fun filled tales from around the UK with some great mates once again. Sailing wise I did ok, third with the DF65 on Saturday and fourth with the DF95 on Sunday followed by another epic drive through the mountains on the way home, I”ll have to try and time lapse a video of it, the roads are truly stunning to drive.

So I’ve done a week and a half at work and have very nearly gotten on top of my order list having shipped 64 orders including more than 40 suits of sails around the globe. I have some IOM sails to manufacture early next week after another weekend of racing. This time we leave early Thursday for Askern for some DF65 racing followed by the Northern District AGM, then we head South to Milk & Beans (Milton Keynes) for some food and refreshment. Friday might be a practice day for the weekend’s IOM ranking events which will be fun.

Today’s post run

Once we’ve returned from there we only have one further weekend away which is a DF Racing TT at Southport in mid November, then it’ll be a few weekend day trips over the winter months before the racing calendar kicks off for 2022.

Work wise the big boatyard is coming to it’s season end at the end of October, next week is our last week of launching for the 2021 season and then it’ll be servicing and winterisations followed by storage for the boats. Soch Sails is still firing on all cylinders, perhaps I thought we might have a slow month or two but we seem to be powering on making our sails and accessories for radio sailing yachts and shipping it all over the world.

I feel that the RC Laser boat supply issues will not be sorted until Christmas but hopefully we can get restocked with some parts and sails in the next week or two which will be really helpful. As with most supply issues this year it’s no ones fault, it is just the way that the cookie has crumbled. Our commitment to the RC Laser doesn’t change, it was the boat that got me into radio sailing and still has solid fleets based around the UK and we need to continue to support them now and in the future as well as encouraging new fleets and individuals to get involved in the class.

We’ll keep you updated on RC Laser stock as we get news.

We have obviously had a busy 8 weeks of racing and the short work weeks have left us a little understocked on DF rig kits, both 65 and 95. This will be rectified on Monday with an order for lots of rigs going in and we should be restocked by mid week.

Other than that we are no longer able to produce Carib blue transmitter covers as our supplier has discontinued the colour. Not to worry, we have another blue coming on stream in the next few weeks. We will also be restocking our ever popular rig bags for DF65 and 95. Mike Weston at RC Yachts has had all of our available stock over recent months which is why we haven’t had any ourselves.

The shop is always open 247 to take an order from you and we’ll get that out to you as soon as we can. Shipping times seem to be somewhere normal, 10 days or so to AUS and NZL, two to three weeks to USA and anything in between to other locations. UK shipping is usually 24 – 48 hours from leaving us.

Sails

Short week once again

So I’ve had a reasonably relaxing weekend that didn’t involve tiny boat racing, rather much fun with some good friends and a rare weekend off from everything. Monday morning now and we’re gearing up for a short week and I’ll be out the door on Wednesday and on my way to Eastbourne for the next installment of the DF TT series whihc will be fun I’m sure.

As such I’ll chew through as many orders as I can in that time and get a few bags of post out on Wednesday afternoon. Anything I haven’t managed by then will be sorted on my return which will be a week today on the 11th October. I’ll then be in the workshop for around 10 days.

Cheers

Tim

Tired

Cheers!

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.

Big seagulls in Fleetwood

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.