Last Saturday I launched Scratch and rowed her for the first time – very satisfactory, but would have liked some wind.Yesterday the weather obliged and I was out sailing for the first time. I’m delighted! I spent from late morning until early evening on the water. The wind was variable, perhaps F3 with stronger gusts, and at time dying away to almost calm. I took a while to get the hang of things, as the wind was flukey when I started, but once it was steadier I found she sailed beautifully – with hardly any wake it was only when I put the bailer over side to wash some mud of the deck that I realised how smartly she was moving. The design is extremely well balanced, I was easily able to sail and eat my lunch: one hand for lunch, one for mainsheet and an occasional touch of the tiller. A few niggles to sort out, position of cleats etc, but nothing important except the rudder up/downhauls. I think I need to adjust the position of the blocks and attachment points. Huge thanks to designer John Welsford! No time for photos today!