So it doesn’t seem like two minutes ago since I was at West Lancs YC for the RC Laser Nationals, but it’s almost been a whole month, which is crazy. Since then we have been busy making our goodies for customers all across the globe as well as dealing with the boatyard which is super busy at this time of year. Early starts and late finishes have become the norm and will remain so for the next month I guess.
In amongst all this we did manage a quick trip down to the South West of the UK for the DF Racing UK weekend at Dartmoor RSC. 7.5 hours in the van on Friday and a little bit of practice was had before the rain arrived. Saturday saw the A+ rig get it’s first outing during an event and I’m pleased that I took the time to build myself one before heading off to the event. Very little breeze and rain were the order of the day but the racing was as tough as ever and I was stoked to take third spot by a handful of points.
Sunday saw the polar opposite of Saturdays weather and we were greeted by sun and wind for the DF95 event. Not as many boats but again, a strong fleet and despite a couple of racecourse tangles I was happy to have taken a fourth spot finish for the day, only missing out on third by two points.
Dartmoor, including a couple of the stupidest sheep I’ve ever seen!
This has left us in second spot in the rankings for 2017 so far, with three events left I’ll do well to hold on to 2nd but I’ll certainly try!
After a shorter journey home, a mere five and three quarter hours, I was back at the office bright and early on Monday morning, having been told I really did need to start offering the super shiny sticker sets to the world. So we got on and did that and you can now buy them for any of the DF products in five colours. They really do make your boat stand out from the crowd.
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Super pimp stickers on their way out of the workshop.
We’ve also been busy producing DF sails for customers as usual with a good mix of both DF65 an DF95 sails going out of the workshop. Our Stealth sails seem to be quite popular too with a few sets now in Italy and a couple in Japan.
In other news we have been looking at producing panelled sails for some time and over the last few weeks we have built a couple of camber boards and are currently using the DF65 as a platform for testing different setups and shapes using the DF65 A rig as a benchmark. This should allow us to produce some sails for the RG65 class that will be competitive in performance to whats out there already.
It’s almost good to go.
It is then our intention to continue our sailmaking journey with some sails for other classes too, but that could be a while off yet depending on how busy we are at the yard over the coming months.
Keep checking back for more updates on our sailmaking and don’t forget, should you need something from the shop, it is always open. Click here to take a look.