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

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.