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!



About Osbert Lancaster

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

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