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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.
May 2015 - Anthony Swanston's Wild Fox
This month we feature Anthony Swanston's boat, Wild Fox , a Jay Benford design made famous by Annie Hill who has written and blogged extensively about the voyaging that she and Pete Hill did in Badger, their boat of this design. In fact the design has taken on the name of their boat and boats of this design are now known as "Jay Benford Badgers".
Wild Fox was designed by Jay Benford and built in 2007, by a grumpy old Pole in Gdansk. She is 37 feet 7 inches on deck and displaces about eight tons in cruising trim. I left Northern Ireland in 2009 and am presently in Brisbane, Australia having logged about 30,000 nautical miles around the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal and then across the Pacific.
All in all the boat has performed well and has suited me greatly as a single hander. With only one sleeping cabin there is no wasted space and the raised decks give a wide and airy feel to the boat down below. Altogether a great boat to live on. I began to write an article about my battens but when it started to make War and Peace look like a short story I dropped the project.
I used to have cambered sails but I couldn't live with the Hong Kong parrels. I am now back to flat sails and aluminum battens with timber inserts at the luff. As I said, it's a long story and this is batten version five in seven years.
Having sailed for more than 50 years I was not expecting too many surprises when I set off. But the one thing I totally underestimated was the wear and tear on a live-aboard boat, particularly on my varnish work in the tropics. I have far too much varnish. I keep telling myself that my next boat will be ferro-cement with pebble-dashed topsides and railway line as a rubbing strake ...
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