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Search engines can seem to track our entire lives. They can also trawl the web for junk images. Here are some that it found on 30th November 2013. Click the mosaic for an update - there are lots to explore.
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. Tystie and David are now in Canada.
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 in 2014 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.
Some time ago several members proposed Roger Taylor's high-Arctic design Mingming II as our Boat of the Month, but we waited until he got her sailing. Now he has kindly sent he following about her - and has included some fascinating video links :
"Mingming II is very much a development of Mingming I. She is a rebuilt and re-rigged triple keel Achilles 24, 23' 9" LOA, 19' 6" LWL, 7' 1" beam and 3' 3" draught. She has a single mainsail of 280 sq ft, a standard Hasler-McLeod shape, but with cambered panels. The top four are joined, with the draught broad-seamed in, while the bottom three are individual panels 'hinged' to the battens. The aerodynamic shape is achieved by varying the width of each hinge. Sail control is by a 7-part sheet, yard hauling parrel and a running luff-hauling parrel. The mast is a cut down conical aluminium lamp post, 200mm diameter at the base, 76mm at the top, and with 3.3mm walls. Battens are carbon fibre.
Like Mingming I
she is unsinkable, fully insulated and totally watertight. However, whereas Mingming I
just had a single central hatch, Mingming II
has ..... Read more here