Coronavirus & Soch Sails

Hello, well this is an odd time isn’t it. So I’ve just shut down my boatyard business for the next month at least so I’ve got a whole heap more time to be building sails for radio sailing yachts!

We haven’t yet seen any drop off in our orders and we are shipping items as soon as we are able to. UK parcels are still shipping in a couple of days. Shipping to the wider world has not seen significant increases in lead time either. Shipping to Italy is currently an issue as there are clearly bigger issues than post and we wish all our customers there safe passage through this worrying time.

So I’m in the workshop most days carrying on. Luckily the village we are based in has voluntarily shut down and we are unlikely to see visitors. I can leave home and arrive at work without interacting with anyone else and whilst that is an option I will continue to do so. If the situation deteriorates then I will relocate production to home, where we started the business and have the space to continue working from should we need to.

So if you are self isolating and need a new suit of sails for your DF racing yacht, or any other class, then please get in touch and we’ll get you sorted.

Please stay safe in these uncertain times and we’ll continue doing what we do for you.

So, to recap, the shop is open, I’m here, so keep sending us your orders and we’ll keep shipping stuff out to you. Thanks for your continued support.



Radio Sailing @ The Dinghy Show


“Welcome to the radio sailing pool at the RYA Dinghy Show”………50 times a day!

After a few weeks back at base and a good catch up with orders and some workshop cleaning and tidying we are getting ready for another road trip. This time we are off to London to The RYA Dinghy Show for the weekend.

There is a growing presence of Radio Sailing at the show, the DF Racing UK crew have a stand (W16) and that’s where I’ll be based for the weekend. There will be a couple of DF yachts on the stand along with a lot of useful info about the boats and the class association available.

The MYA have a stand as usual (J13) and they are promoting the upcoming World Championships at West Kirby as well as giving you lots of info about where you can get involved with radio sailing around the UK. They also have a “spot the buoy” competition with the chance to win a DF65 with radio and other goodies. ebtry forms are available on the MYA and DF stand….get involved!

There is also the return of the ever popular pool with a fleet of DF65’s for you to have a go with. Mike will be on hand to guide you and your mates through a frankly difficult racecourse! Have a go all weekend.

So we are leaving early tomorrow and the workshop will be closed until Monday. The show is always well attended and we are looking forward to catching up with some good friends over the course of the show.

Show details are available here.

Just an Update

Our trip to Germany was…well…as usual pretty epic. Much amusement, many beers and a good catch up with some good friends.


It was late…or early…. but we were hungry!

That was followed by our first DF Racing UK TT event where we were greeted by some pretty fierce breeze on the Saturday, I’m glad I ate all that cake otherwise I would possibly have blown away. Sunday was a better day with a little less breeze but it was right in between A & B rigs so there was a lot of rig swapping throughout the day.

After five nights out on the bounce I was pretty stoked to finish third on Saturday with the DF65 and fourth on Sunday with the DF95, a great start to the 2020 season.

Once back at base and well rested we’ve spent the last couple of weeks busy in the workshop getting orders ready and sent out all over the world. Today for instance has been a three bag trip to the post office with seventeen orders for the UK, USA, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands and Australia. A mix of goodies from DF sails to rig bags and lots of RC Laser spares too. We have also restocked our friends at RC Yachts with all that we do for them.

Having boxed off our orders and with it being half term for Phoebe I’m having a day or two off now so I’ll be back in the workshop later in the week. It would be nice to go sailing this weekend too but it looks like it might be a bit breezy once again which is a pain as I’ve not been on the water for a few weeks now. Anyhow there are worse problems to have I’m sure.

Remember that the shop is open 24/7 for you to browse and any orders placed will be dealt with pretty swiftly on my return. In the meantime check out some of our recent work below.

Away we go!


So we are setting off to the first DF Racing TT event on Tuesday morning. We are taking a bit of a detour which will actually take us pretty much 2000 miles out of our way and all the way to the Nuremberg toy fair. We’ve had some fun times in Nuremberg, legends have been born, beer cellars have been drunk dry, important meetings have taken place and it’s almost always my birthday when we go!! We fly out on Wednesday morning and will be back again late on Thursday evening before finally getting on the road to Southport.

As such the workshop will be closed between Monday 27th January until Monday 3rd February and there will be no orders manufactured or shipped during this time. The shop will be open to take orders as usual and they will be shipped soon after our return.

We’ve been a bit low on a few RC Laser spare parts recently and whilst we are ordering with our German supplier it seems that the delivery they were due to have a week or so ago has been delayed until “sometime in March”  This means that the C sails we were hoping to get imminently will, unfortunately, continue to be out of stock for a while longer. I imagine that we will also find that we run out of some other items as February runs on. We’ll do the best we can to keep you informed of when we expect the missing items.

We’ve had a busy start to the year with plenty of sails and goodies heading out all over the world to the USA, New Zealand and even Singapore. Check out some of the sails we have made this month below.


We are back!

Well, happy new year to you all. I’ve had an awesome Christmas and New Year break, BBQ Christmas dinner, some nice walks with the dog, a bit of sailing, some gardening, some work around the estate and lots and lots of really lovely family time with my girls.


Christmas morning in the back garden.

I was back in the workshop yesterday to get stuck into the Christmas and NY orders, we have, as of today shipped out all the parts orders and a few suits of sails and we are now cracking into the remaining bundle of sail orders. This should see us into the middle of next week at the earliest.

Any RC Laser parts orders or stock DF item orders that come in over that period will be packed and shipped as they arrive. Our RC Laser stock has taken a battering over the last few weeks so we’ll be replenishing this over the next few weeks to bring us back up to full stock.

It’s not too long before the UK TT series gets underway but before that we have a trip to the toy fair in Nuremberg with John, Mike & Mark to contend with, no doubt there will be a drink or two to be had and maybe more “Ron” stories!!

My new DF65 build is going well, the electrics are now installed and I just need to find a minute to add the winch line and bridle then hopefully I’ll get it on the water on the 19th to make sure it does what it should do before the season kicks off proper.

Other than that all is well…apart from the weather, which appears to be broken again, no doubt I’ll be tasked with building an ark it’s rained so much.

Time Off

So we’ve sent out all our orders bar one which is scheduled for the new year so we are having a few days off to take a trip to Yorkshire to see family and friends.

Workshop will be closed from close of play today, 10th December and it will reopen on the 17th December. This should allow us to get any new UK orders sorted before Thursday, however all international orders will be held until 2nd January when we will begin shipping orders once again.



New Stuff

Ok, so it’s winter now and we’ve got a bit of time on our hands to be doing that bit of product updating that we’ve been going on about for nearly a year I guess. The reason it has taken a while is that we’ve spent the 2019 season making sure that the stuff we want to sell actually works and is the best it can be.

Anyhow, lots of prototypes later we’ve got four new products to add to our range of stuff. We’ve got three keel and rudder bags and a transmitter cover that we are pleased to present to you. To accommodate these new products we have created a new collection which you’ll find on the shop and it has all our accessory products included to make them easy to find.

New products?….oooh suits you sir!

There have been a few new products added to the clearance page including some old stock DF65 rig bags, there are five of them and when they are gone, they are gone. There are also a couple of prototype transmitter bags and keel bags too.

We’ve also started prepping for next season and we have almost built our new 2020 DF65 raceboat. It comes from the “Wonkaworks” which, like the Mercedes “Skunkworks” takes an ordinary product and makes it extraordinary. You’ll probably have seen the 2019 “Wonkaboat” DF95 and you’ll be unsurprised to find that the 65 follows a similar theme.


Goodies waiting to go into the boat.

It is currently striped and ready for a fit out over the next few days.

There is an incoming RC Laser delivery winging it’s way to us which will restock most of our RC Laser product lines. There are however a few items that are out of stock with our supplier and as such these items may not be restocked anytime soon. We’ll know more when the delivery arrives and keep you posted.

In amongst all of the above we have seen another busy month with online sales doing well. It seems to have been a DF95 month with lots of sails being shipped all over the globe. A quick note on shipping addresses, please, please, please check and double check your shipping address during the order process. We simply cut and paste your shipping address onto our labels so if you get it wrong then we do too. It has happened a couple of times recently and by the time you have informed us it is usually too late to do anything about it as the parcel has been shipped.

Thanks again for continuing to choose Soch Sails to power your DF Racing yachts, I wonder if it might be time to add some other class sails to our inventory, suggestions on a postcard please to the following address.

Tim Boatyard, Abersoch, LL53 7AR. UK

Best postcard gets a prize, something cool, obviously. Closing date December 31st 2019.

Clearance Clarence


We’ve got stuff we don’t need….do you want it?

So we’ve found five minutes and kicked off our clearance section, it’s got a few bits in it currently, it’ll have more available soon I’m sure, we just need to find it all!!

Clicky here to take a look, maybe there’s something you need…….

End of Season

Although we said we weren’t actually going to travel to Fleetwood for the last weekend of the DF TT series….well…..we actually did, and we had a great time too.

Arriving on Friday afternoon we put the two Wonkaboats together having not sailed the DF65 since the Nationals in June and the DF95 since the Nationals way back in May. A visit to the pub on Friday evening, a lack of consistent breeze on Saturday and the fact that I hadn’t sailed the 65 for months meant I didn’t really fare too well in the racing finishing 10th.

Determined to make sure this didn’t happen again on Sunday I spent longer in the pub on Saturday night. However, come Sunday morning I had all my racing driver excuses lined up and wasn’t really expecting that much from my day, other than another nice day by the side of a pond with some good friends that I hadn’t seen in a while.


Wonkaboat looking racy – Photo Sue Brown

A third in the seeding race plus a couple of bullets and a string of single digit scores saw me finish the day in third spot, somewhat better than I’d expected. Having missed three of the TT events I was pretty stoked to finish the season in seventh place in the overall points table.

So whilst the DF racing season is over it might be time to see if I can find all the bits for my IOM and get that back on the water for the winter months along with doing a bit more RC Laser sailing.

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Wonkaboat winning!! – Photo Sue Brown

The online shop is busy as ever, with lots of goodies going out all over the world, from DF sails to RC Laser parts and one or two boats here and there. I’m trying to organise our clearance section and I hope to have it up and running soon.

We are having a bit of a topsy turvy week this week as Phoebe is on half term and Emily is not, so I’m taking up the slack which means I’m in Monday, Wednesday and maybe Friday, I’ll also be off on Monday next week. This means our lead times may be a little extended over the next two weeks.


I Remembered!

So our last post saw us getting ready for the RC Laser Nationals at Fleetwood. We went up on the Friday and had a bit of a play with the boat, making sure it was all ready to go on the Saturday morning. Briefing done I watched the first seeding race and then went and won my seeding race, not a bad start having not sailed since the beginning of June.

We had a great breeze all day, not quite straight down the lake, but pretty good and I finished the day in fourth spot, not quite what I’d expected. A bottle of rum later and Sunday morning rolled round with a better breeze down the lake but it was due to change around lunchtime. Another couple of good races and a poor one saw me finish the event in the chocolates in third spot. I’ll take that!

Our stock of RC Laser goodies has stabilised in recent months and we can now confidently order and stock all boat, rig and related items. We are well stocked with boat electronics too with plenty of Hitec winches and servos. If you need it, we’ll probably have it and if we don’t we’ll get it within two weeks!


RC Laser winches and servos, we’ve got them!

Since I’ve been back it’s been as busy as ever, the boatyard is heading towards winter shutdown mode with just this weekend left before we get to have a lie in on a Saturday and Sunday! Soch Sails are flying out of the door and heading all over the world. We are also currently fulfilling three trade orders to Sweden, Denmark and our good friends at RC Yachts, so you’ll be able to buy our goodies direct from your local supplier perhaps.

Order to fulfillment is currently running at a couple of days and shipping times seem to be pretty good worldwide with Australia and NZ taking a little over a week.

One note on ordering, when you place an order with us please please check your shipping address is correct. We have had a couple of instances recently where we have shipped orders and had people mail us to let us know that the shipping address is incorrect, which is a little too late for us to correct the address. When we produce our shipping labels we simply copy and paste the shipping address details that you provide onto the labels. We have, just today, had a tube returned to us from Australia which was incorrectly addressed. I was pretty pleased that it made it from the UK to Oz in 8 days but it has taken nearly two weeks to make it back to base!

Once we’ve completed the three trade orders we will be having a sticker sort out which should result in a new section on the website entitled “Clearance”, this new section will also include a few other bits and bobs that you guys can pick up cheaper than our usual retail pricing.

Thanks again for continuing to choose Soch Sails to power your DF racing yachts.

The shop is open 24/7 for you to place an order, check it out by clicking here.

Please find some of our recent work below.

DF95 Sails

DF65 Sails