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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. 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 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.
February 2016 – Malaika
Attila and Caroline Gaspar began building Malaika in their back yard in Umina Beach, Australia in 2004, inspired by the dream of sailing the Pacific Ocean and perhaps one day a big adventure sailing her together around the world. After a ten year labour of love, building mostly over weekends, Malaika was finished in November 2014, bar the two masts and rigging. She was launched successfully in Brisbane Waters, Tascott.
She is named after lyrics within the song "Sun of Jamaica" and is befittingly painted a blue hull colour. Malaika is a hard-chine steel motorsailer with overall length of 15.2m, beam 4.3m, LWL 11.5m and a shallow draft of 1.4m. She is powered by a Perkins 6.354 (120HP) and is equipped for passage making. In mid 2015, Malaika was schooner-rigged with two tapered steel masts imported from China - a 12m main mast and a 10m fore mast - ready to receive her sails. The other spars are aluminium. Shortly thereafter, and just one week before Christmas 2015, Malaika was successfully dressed with two flat cut sails made by Chris Scanes of Exe Sails in the UK, with the help of good family friend, Graham Cox.
||Malaika was originally designed by a Canadian for high latitudes, with a hard-chine hull to lift in the ice and a well-protected rudder tucked behind the shallow keel. To increase the effectiveness of the small rudder, at least under power, it has been given a fish-tail section. The sail design was inspired by Kurt von Ulmer's mehitabel, and the sails are flat-cut Dacron. Malaika originally had double sheets on both sails, which means a total of two halyards, two YHPs, two LHPs and four sheets! Lots if string. After the first trial sail, it was realized there was enough space to fit single sheets and this was done before the next excursion, resulting in a much easier rig to handle. The only advantage of double sheets that Graham could see was that they do not sweep across the decks in quite the same ruthless way that single sheets do!
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