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Formed in 1979 at the Southampton Boat Show by a group of junk rig enthusiasts, the JRA (Junk Rig Association) is for its members and about their boats and their rigs. We aim to: promote the use of the junk rig by encouraging members to organise 'rallies' and 'junkets' (see About Us) and via our tri-annual Magazine and this site; encourage the development of junk and related rigs, the building or conversion of boats to the junk rig, and the use of vessels with the rig or its derivatives; create an international community of people who've already 'junked' their boat, are thinking of doing so, or are just interested in learning what it's all about.
Summing that up, our main job is to get the rig talked about. Former Chairman David Tyler certainly helped there: the Ocean Cruising Club recently awarded him their Rose Medal "for the most meritorious short-handed ...and exceptional voyage on board Tystie [from the UK to New Zealand]. You will have inspired many others, some of whom may well adopt a junk rig." David's follow-up voyage to and around Alaska was tracked here.
The final version of the Junk Rig Glossary is now available and can be found under the Junk Information menu, or directly here. This Glossary lists all the terms related to the junk rig, its implementation and use.
We were formed in the UK, and although our 'office' address and banking remains in the UK we are run by an increasingly international Committee via the Internet. A number of posts become vacant every year, at the AGM, so if you choose to join you could also put your name forward to help run the 'club'. It doesn't run itself. Our membership is now more than 50% outside the UK. Click the chart for detail.
June 2016 - William H. Short's Yangtze Pelican
The Yangtze Pelican was based on William H. Short’s well-known 12' San Francisco Pelican, introduced in 1959. Described as a cross between a dory and a Chinese sampan, it was a unique center-boarder, combining the lines of the banks fishing dory with a sampan bow. LOA 12' 2½"; Beam 6' 1¾"; Draught (board up) 4"; (board down) 4' 0"; min. racing weight 390 lbs. Sail area: main, 72 sq.ft.; jib, 33 sq.ft.; midships freeboard 2'.
The first Pelican was trialled in the roughest waters of San Francisco Bay to test the combination of formerly dissident features: a lightweight plywood hull; shallow draft; flat surfing bottom; constant bold dory flare at the chine; sampan bow; and a standing lug rig. The challenge of the Bay's strong winds and choppy waters was met by this unique design. The bow proved to be buoyant and broach-free; the generous freeboard and flare prevented swamping. It was an immediate success as a roomy, comfortable family cruising boat - seaworthy, versatile, and fast enough for competitive racing. Hundreds were and are still built and raced in SF Bay area.
Through the 16' Great Pelican (above) with the same 2:1 length to beam ratio, and the Super Pelican (Great Pelican stretched to 18') there is a natural progression to the Yangtze Pelican (right, a drawing by Sokoloff), which has the 18' hull built up with Chinese style superstructure and with a junk rig.
All Pelicans (12', 16' and 18') are constructed on a strongback jig. The design is ideal for amateur builders with basic carpentry skills set out in detailed plans and instruction booklets. Many High School woodshops and Sea Scout groups have built the Pelican as a sailing project. A part built Yangtze Pelican was offered for sale by a builder located in Victoria, BC., in 2014 (below) and reported sold within days. No other builds seem to exist - anyone fancy a winter project?
About the Designer:
Captain William H. Short was a U.S. licensed Master Mariner for San Francisco Bay and Inland waters. For twenty-eight years he was Captain of a 569 ton steam tug, pushing loaded railroad barges around the Bay. The design emerged from his knowledge of local weather conditions related to working and recreational sailing, and life-time study and experience of classic working craft and rigs. Plans, building instructions, and other information may be obtained from Mrs. Muriel Short at San Francisco Pelican Boats.
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