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!