Time to go yachting!

Ok, so we had a break in mid August, another quick bit of family time at the front end of September and now we are getting towards the back half of September and it’s time to go yachting.

This weekend sees the 2019 RC Laser Nationals up at Fleetwood, having not sailed one for a good year or so I figured it would be a good giggle to pop along and see if I can remember how to sail after a break of nearly three and a half months due to a number of factors.


Strip down and rebuild before the Nationals.

So we are packing the van and heading off either tomorrow or Friday for a bit of practice and a catch up with some good friends, a bit of social and of course some great racing. 32 skippers appear on the entry list so far with a good mix of past and present champions, a few foreign visitors and a UK entry from all corners. I’m pretty sure the welcome at Fleetwood will be as warm as ever and the breeze will be straight up and down the lake as it always is when we visit!

We’ll be travelling with a van full of RC Laser goodies so should you have any breakages over the event we can keep you on the racecourse, from a spare keel to a mast, from a servo to a set of rudder linkages, we’ll have it all on board as well as a selection of shiny new sails should you need them.

In other news we have been super busy recently (as usual it seems) and we have been sending sails, rig bags, sticker sets and RC Laser spares all over the UK and indeed the world. New Zealand seems to have new fleets of both DF65 and DF95 and we are sending lots of sails in that direction.

We’ve found a good RC Laser battery charger recently that we’ve been using, its a great plug and play one and it does all it says on the tin without breaking the bank. We’ve sourced a deans to bec connector as well so it integrates seamlessly with the battery upgrade packs that we supply. Check it out along with our other RC Laser products here.


Keeping your racing charged up!

Current production time is pretty quick and certainly less than a week for anything we currently offer. Shipping times are currently good too with goodies reaching Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand in around 10 – 12 days, customs dependent obviously.

We’ll commence production again on Monday 23rd September when we have recovered from the RC Laser Nationals…….if we can remember how to sail the boat!! As usual the shop is open 24/7 to take your order and remember if you can’t see what you want then please drop us a mail and we’ll try hard to make it happen for you.

Chances are we’ll be having a fire sale on our stock sticker sets as the drawers need a clearout, so if you are thinking of buying one of our sticker sets then hang fire, we might just have a deal for you in the next week or two. We also have a couple of new product launches coming over the next few weeks, we’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime check out a small selection of our recent sail builds.

A little downtime

So we’ve had a really hectic couple of months with the boatyard being super busy and our Soch Sails business keeping us rather busy too. We’ve had a couple of pretty cool projects to go at too, one of which was making some sails for the Sail GP guys who wanted a fleet of replica Sail GP cats to take to each venue with them.

Sail GP in miniature!

Our trade side has been busy too with several hefty orders for our goodies from all over the world. Retail has been great too, our RC Laser delivery back in June is quickly disappearing and we’ll need to restock that before too long, but we do have everything from a new boat to a servo arm in stock.

I’ve not been sailing for a couple of months, I figure I’ll probably remember how to do it when I need to next. It’s a little bit annoying to have missed two of the DF Racing TT events but hopefully I can find a little time in September to go to Holland.

With summer holidays in full swing I have decided that I need a little bit of a rest having worked solidly for the last 70 odd days so we are having a family trip away for a few days. A trip over to Yorkshire until Friday is on the cards, we are leaving tomorrow morning (Sunday) and we’ll be back in the workshop on Friday sometime.

As such we will not be sending any orders out until Friday 16th August at the earliest.  If you need sometime from us urgently please check out the RC Yachts website who have stock of all our sails and sticker sets as well as some more of our goodies.

The shop will be open in the meantime to take any orders.

RC Laser Stock Update


So we’ve got some good news about our RC Laser stock, which has been a little low recently. We have had confirmation that our order will ship this week and be with us early next.

This will restock all our RC Laser goodies including boats, carry bags, sails and almost all of our stock spare parts. We’ll get all the parts up on the shop as soon as we can so that you can get bits ordered and they will be shipped out as soon as they arrive with us.

To check out the restocked RC Laser section of the shop clicky here.

Nationals Roundup

We’ve now completed both the DF95 and DF65 UK National Championships with varying degrees of success. The DF95 Nationals was held over a windless weekend in Eastbourne which was challenging to say the least. Much concentration later we drove home with a very nice tin pot for finishing second.

Last weekend saw the DF65 Nationals at Two Islands RYC in Milton Keynes. A great venue where I haven’t always had that much success to be honest. Still off we went and cracked open the racing with first day in A fleet, right up until I dropped to B fleet where it all went a little bit pooh bear. Having made a good start I was second at the top mark and as I sheeted out the winch had declared enough and packed up. I took a score of 36 from that race and found myself back in C fleet. With the winch changed I was back on it again and did the run from C to A fleet first time round and even had a decent result finishing seventh.

Sunday was another tough day where having your rigs set up and ready to go was a real blessing. Unfortunately I had an A rig that had been on the boat once in 2 years and a completely untested B rig. As well as having well set up rigs you also needed to change up or down at the right time, something I was ok with.

Having stayed up in A fleet all day (albeit towards the back end of it) I was yachting to the start for the penultimate race of the weekend when the rudder servo went pop, luckily I was able to get to shore and had some time to replace it before the start of the final race in B fleet. Having recovered to A fleet I took a sixth spot finish in the race and finished the weekend in 12th spot, which was kind of ok I guess given the mechanical issues.

So what next? I’ll miss the RG TT at Watermead this weekend as it is just too far to travel in a day so I guess I have a couple of weekends off before the DF TT lands on the moors at Ilkley, somewhere I enjoy sailing. Then it’s down to Dartmoor if I can find the time in the middle of August, another very cool venue but it is a genuine seven hours in the van.

We’ll catch you pondside sometime soon.

Off we go again!


199 looking sporty on the run – Photo Dave Pickett.

So Thursday lunchtime, race truck packed and we’re away to the DF65 Nationals at Two Islands RYC in Milton Keynes. The weather looks pretty good, warm and possibly windy on Sunday. 52 skippers, lets see how we get on.

We did ok at the recent DF95 Nationals and scored a second spot finish on Sunday afternoon and if it hadn’t have been for Tushy and his lucky shorts we might have gone one better! Still, we had an awesome weekend of racing right up until the last metre of the last race when my rudder servo crapped out during a tack and left me going around in circles whilst the fleet finished!!

We haven’t raced since as we have been busy here at the yard producing sails and doing “real” boat stuff so we’re off a day early to get some tune into the DF65 and also have a race with some of the TIRYC club members tomorrow morning with the DF95.

Any orders placed today and over the weekend will get looked at on Monday when we get back.


Race Time

So when I logged on I was a little surprised that it was more than a month ago since I posted. Time flies when you’re having fun I guess. So what have we been up to? Quite a bit as it happens, we’ve been to Birkenhead racing, twice, once with the DF’s and once with the RG’s. Both events were great fun, the DF65 Saturday was trial by crazy weather and it proved a little too much for setting up a brand new C rig on a brand new boat and I was happy with the 8th place finish. The Sunday was a much nicer day and a fifth place finish was just fine.


New rig for Birkenhead, a difficult tuning day!

The RG had it’s second outing having had a rudder swap and a bit of fettling, I must also get a proper swing rig sorted which might improve the light airs performance. The wind built throughout the day and I was pleased to finish the day having not spent too much time upside down and in 6th place. The more I sail the RG the more I’m learning about how to develop the boat.

So we have spent this week producing a monster order for our good friends at RC Yachts which has had a bit of an impact on our orders. We prepped the race truck this morning and will be leaving for Eastbourne tomorrow, Thursday, collecting Chuck from Heathrow on the way down. We’ll be lakeside at Princes Park on Friday for a bit of practice and with a bumper entry of 60 skippers I think it might be a case of getting some good results banked early on before the wind drops out completely.


Race truck prep!

As such we’ll be away now until Monday morning when we’ll be back at the grindstone producing all the orders that we haven’t sorted this week. The shop will be open to take any order you care to place and I imagine by the end of next week we’ll have our backlog shifted……… Then we’ll be into prep for the DF65 Nationals at Two Islands RYC over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June.

Printer Woes


It’s declared it wants a rest.

So whilst everyone else is packing shorts and flip flops into cases to go over to Italy to race DF95’s this weekend I’m suffering from printer failure. It seems that my two and a half year old Samsung laser printer has reached the end of it’s page count and has politely but firmly told me that I am not allowed to print anything else until I’ve replaced the imaging unit.

I’ve sent a pigeon to collect one but the headwind on the way to the real world may delay him somewhat. I’m assured he’ll be back tomorrow with the shiny new unit. This means we are currently unable to print shipping labels so any orders placed over the last few days may be a little delayed.

Apologies for this, totally not our fault.

A weekend of two halves & fleet maintenance.

So we rocked up at Gosport on Friday, had some practice rolled into Saturday with DF65 that seemed to be off the pace, having thought I was well on it. Turns out that I’d stuck some rig bits in the wrong place, the wind wasn’t where I thought it was plus other racing driver excuses. Not the best day at the office. Sunday was a better day with the purple “Wonkaboat” doing it’s thing and a second spot finish out of the 52 skippers was pretty pleasing for the first proper outing for the new outfit.


Wonkaboat in action. – Photo  Sue Brown….thanks Sue!

Back at base I took a look at the 65 rig and worked out where the issue was, built some new booms up and hey presto I think we have the issue sorted. I also decided that purple is pretty fast but there are no purple 65 hulls until July so I have added my own purple to what is now called “Wonkaboat Jnr” The fleet matches…result!


Wonkaboat & Wonkaboat Jnr

We also collected our new RG65 from Alex Cory (he builds lovely boats by the way) and we are now trying hard to get it ready for the next round of the RG65 TT series which is in 7 days time at Bournville, lets see if we can get that sorted!

We’re away….again

So a super short production week this week, Monday and Tuesday were busy busy, clearing all our orders, Wednesday saw us on a roadtrip to Birkenhead to get some IOM sails measured (yes they did by the way!) before getting a bit of DF65 training in at the Birkenhead club by joining in their Wednesday morning series with some really light and shifty Birkenhead conditions. Much fun and a second spot finish was hard earned. I needed to get my new DF65 on the water and tuned, having built it quickly at the back end of last season for the last TT event it just wasn’t quite right….it’s better now….

Today sees our last production day until Monday, we’ve plenty to do so any orders placed today will not get looked at until Monday I’m afraid.

Tomorrow sees us roadtripping 300 miles South to Gosport from the next couple of rounds of the DF Racing UK TT Series. A whole heap of entries for both days will see a great weekend of racing take place. I might even be collecting my new RG65…maybe!

Last Sunday saw us up at West Lancs YC for the final event in the winter series there. It was a great day of racing even with the low turnout due to the forecast being pretty grim. We had the new DF95 on the water and equipped with C rig it went well all day and myself and John Brierley spent most of the day tuning and match racing around the course, he won some, I won some and at the end of the day we finished on the same points with the same number of firsts and seconds and it was a big countback to declare me as the winner by no margin at all. This also gave me the series which was a surprise but a pleasing result, I counted a first and two second spots.


Shiny new DF95….before decoration!!

Anyhow I must get on, early start in the morning. The shop is open to take your order as ever, it’ll get looked at on Monday.

Nose to the grindstone

Well that was a reasonably productive day. We are now almost up to date with our sail orders. 13.5 suits produced today and the theme seems to be pairs. Lots of DF95 A&B suit combos today along with some DF65 stuff too, a couple of sticker sets and some deck patches fell into the post as well.

Photos of today’s work below.