Sailing at last

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!

 

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About Osbert Lancaster

Creating ripples to foster sustainability. Seeking solace & clarity on the sea by sail & oar.

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