So the slow week at the beginning of the month turned out to be a super busy first half of the month which resulted in just one afternoon of boating goodness. So we are now at the tail end of the month and have just boxed off our latest orders, the weather is looking pretty sweet so we are ready to try again.
Hopefully we’ll get a couple of hours on Actual Boat each day for the next few days which will be nice.
Actual Boat in the actual sea!
Since we last updated our blog we have had a trip down to Milton Keynes for a weekend of DF Racing which was good fun, although a little frustrating on the Sunday as I spent the day fighting what turned out to be a deteriorating rudder servo, hey ho it was fun all the same.
Last weekend saw us take our newly finished IOM sails out on the racecourse, it was a tough racecourse too with lots and lots of previous National and World Champions competing, certainly a good place to find out whether what you’ve made is any good.
I placed mid fleet on Saturday which is pretty much where I expect to be in the UK IOM fleet. Sunday was lighter and tougher to concentrate due to the heat and being a little dusty from Saturday night and I didn’t fair too well. However our sails also had an outing on a brand new boat which was sailed into 11th spot on Saturday and 14th spot on Sunday, even winning an A fleet race. Positive comments about the sails on both days more than made up for my own Sunday performance.
A fleet start towards the end of Sunday racing.
So we’ll be around to make stuff when you guys order it, the shop will be open 24/7 to take those orders and in the meantime I’m off to spend some quality time out on the water.
This afternoons office view.
So we’ve gotten through half term and pinged out of the other end with just a couple of orders to complete, which is no mean feat with the weather we’ve had. We have a couple of commercial orders to fulfill this week and will be concentrating on getting these done as well as taking a little time to enjoy the great weather we’ve been having. “Actual Boat” has been recovered from winter storage and we’ll be spending a couple of afternoons this week out on the water.
This means that current sail order lead time will now be early next week for anything ordered from here on in…….unless it rains……or the boat breaks!
The shop is open as always to take your order and we can speak and mail whilst out and about if you have questions.
So last weekend didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, whilst not expecting any chocolates, or even wine, I hadn’t expected to land my self only a handful of spots from the bottom of the fleet. Hey ho, the conditions were difficult with little or no wind coming from every direction. I still have a lot to learn about RG65’s thats for sure.
So this weekend I’m back to something I know, the DF65 and the UK Nationals at Gosport. It should be fun, although all the forecasts are pointing to another weekend of sitting by a pond watching for wind…….that’s a lot of miles for a sit down, but that’s just the rub of the green I guess.
So I’ve made myself a suit of my own stealth sails to see how we get on with them and I’ve also gone for a dashing set of white painted foils, which should help identify whatever it is on my keel slowing me down!
That’ll help with the obstruction identification!
No expectations again this weekend, just some good fun sailing and social with some great mates!
I’d usually be back in the office bright and early on Monday morning, however it’s our wedding anniversary on Monday and I’m whisking Mrs Boatyard away for a break at The Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa, not entirely my thing as you can imagine, but I’m looking forward to a break that doesn’t involve boats and racing. So we’re spending a quality 48 hours together by a lake which will be lovely. So I will not be back in the office until Wednesday morning when we’ll be steaming on with a whole raft of orders, we’ve already got a good number stacked up that we haven’t got to this week, so next week promises to be both short and super busy.
As always the shop is open to take your orders, but as above please don’t expect our usual speedy service over the next ten days to two weeks, however we’ll get through it as fast as we can when we return.
Enjoy your sailing this coming weekend wherever it is.
A little bit of this weeks work.
So tomorrow sees us packing the van and heading down South to Two Islands RYC in Milton Keynes for the RG65 National Championship. It’s a class I’ve only sailed twice before and really enjoyed both times, once with my own Ice and once with a borrowed Scurry. This weekend I’ve been loaned a Scram to sail. No idea whether I’ll be any good but it’ll be a whole heap of fun trying to find out!
As such there will be no production from this evening until Monday morning when we’ll crank the machine up once more. Another short week next week as we travel to Gosport on Friday to the DF65 National Championship.
Meantime this week we’ve shipped goodies all around the globe again, from Barnsley to Florida and Manchester to Mexico along with Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and a whole raft of domestic orders to boot.
Remember that if you need anything whilst I’m away the shop is always open to take your order. If you need some advice on what to order you can always drop me a mail or give me a call.
It’s been a busy time here at Soch Sails HQ over the last month or so, we’ve been out on the road a fair bit since Easter and have visited Fleetwood, Keighley and Lincoln (twice) for some great sailing and some nice social too.
Lincoln towards the end of March was my first outing with my IOM for nearly 18 months and I thought that a National ranking event was probably a good place to find my feet. Two days sailing saw me finish in the top half of the fleet on both days which I was more than happy with. After Easter there was a trip up to Fleetwood with my own first suit of IOM sails, it was a difficult day to say the least , with very little breeze and I was happy to finish the day third to two very well sorted boats.
The following week saw a trip up to Keighley for a race or two with a good friend who knows a thing or two about the Vision and also knows a fair bit about setting them up. I had lots of setup advice from John and finished the day second to him.
Last weekend saw a trip back to Lincoln for a weekend of sailing, Saturday saw the RG65 travellers series event and I was lucky enough to borrow a boat to race with and even won a few races but ultimately lacked consistency throughout the day and finished a very creditable fifth. Sunday was another IOM event and another chance to get some testing done in some top end of A rig breeze which was nice. I couldn’t live with the very well sailed Britpop of Chris Elliott and was stoked to finish second having had some sort of flying insect take up residence in my eye during the afternoon session.
Different days, different lakes, same boat!
I’m back on the road on Friday and up to Fleetwood for a DF Racing TT weekend which will be loads of fun for sure.
We’ve made lots of sails and sticker sets over the last few weeks too, and although it seems a little quieter than usual it seems that we are still doing great business all over the world with a great many happy customers sending us some lovely emails. The quieter time has allowed us to get on and update many of our sail product photos on the shop with up to date shots of what we are producing.
We have also added a different patch option for the DF95 which we can now offer as a cloth patch as well as a vinyl patch, you asked, so we got it sorted for you.
So, as usual if you need any DF Racing Yacht goodness please head over to the shop at www.sochsails.online and take a look at what we have to offer….and some shiny new pictures!
Limited quantity of both DF65 and DF95 rig bags back in stock. More appearing soon.
Hurrah, we’ve done it! We have just completed our first full week of production in the new HQ and we are really pleased with the results of our efforts to make what we do a little bit easier and more efficient.
We left the story with the deck nearly complete and the container ready to drop on top of the deck. By Monday afternoon we had completed the deck and added supports around the outside and gave our good mate and local digger driver Fritz a call and he duly arrived ten minutes later at a million miles an hour, he really is a great guy to know! So with forks that were slightly too short and a digger that was slightly too small we had a go at lifting container onto boat. It took all of five minutes with minimum of fuss, in fact it took longer to make sure we were happy that the container was sat square on the deck than it did to do anything else.
It’ll be fine…..
And it was!
So just one week, give or take ten minutes, after we removed the old HQ we had replaced it with a shiny new one giving us oodles of extra space to work in. Tuesday saw bench production take place which is a really personal thing and I think we’ve got it spot on this time having learned a few valuable lessons from the last few benches we have built and by close of play on Wednesday we were pretty much ready for a day of production.
So by Thursday afternoon we had made our first sails, cut our first sticker sets and left for a weekend of racing with a big smile on our face.
Ready to work.
The weekend was spent stood by Coalhouse Fort lake in blizzard conditions racing DF65 and DF95. Positive results from the 600 mile round trip with a third place on Saturday followed by a second spot on Sunday. These two results now see me leading the DF Racing TT series, only by a point and it’s still early season but I’ll take that thank you very much!
Reasonably chilly at Coalhouse – Photo Nigel Brown.
Back to it on Monday and we’ve chewed through all our outstanding orders and have now packed the van up for a weekend of IOM racing at Lincoln RYC which is sure to be amusing I’m sure.
So we’ll arrive back at base on Monday and we’ll be into our run up to Easter and although production will continue all through the Easter period there will be no posting between last thing Thursday and first thing Tuesday due to holidays. So if you need any DF sails, sticker sets, rigs, rig bags or RC Laser bits then please head over to the shop www.sochsails.online and take a look at what we have to offer.
Thanks for bearing with us whilst we got the office swap sorted, hopefully this one will be big enough to see us through the next few years. Below are some of the sails we’ve made in the new facility.