Members' Blogs, Websites, and Tracking Systems
Listings are generally in alphabetical order. Comments in quotes are from manufacturers' sites or from members. the inclusion of a link does not indicate a JRA recommendation. Please email any links that strike your fancy to the webmaster.

Listings are generally in alphabetical order. Comments in quotes are from manufacturers' sites or from members. The appearance of any link here does not imply JRA endorsement.

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Several members use the above systems - see here.

Listings are generally in alphabetical order. Comments in quotes are from manufacturers' sites or from members. The appearance of any link here does not imply JRA endorsement.

Blogs & Websites


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  • Alan MacBride resumes his saga of building Albatross.
  • Annie Hill has her own excellent blog here, and here's one from the days when Annie Hill & Trevor Robertson cruised their 35' steel gaff cutter Iron Bark.
  • Barry and Meps Stellricht say they "have been blogging for 11 years now, although much of the older material was about refitting Flutterby. Since the rig was our big priority, the blog got to limp along... Here's the latest incarnation, with Mep's latest article, which explains the roles of "fernows" and "round tuits" in managing one's website and boat:
  • Bertrand and Marie-Helene Frecot are now cruising their twin wingsailed Tiki 46 Grand PHA. Their blog is in French, but is well illustrated, so the linguistically challenged should be able to get into it. Bertrand says, "On our new website on the page "LIENS" we have put links to our other blogs concerning the sailing and building of Grand PHA and PHA.
  • Bob & Cathy Groves built and cruise Easy Go, a junk-rigged Dory Schooner (sistership to Badger, yuloh powered). In his last post in November 2013 Bob describes the loss of Easy Go in severe conditions in the Gulf Stream, 700nm off Cape Cod. 
  • Brian & Maddy Kerslake sail Paradox, a Freedom 39 Pilothouse Schooner converted to junk
  • Chris Vossel-Newman is converting Bobtail, a 1980's 22' Colvic Watson, to a junkrig.
  • Clive Hammon writes his blog, Nuthin Wong, and offers his book "No Fixed Address" for sale. 
  • Dan Johnson's Badger Hestur has launched, and a terrific implementation of this famous design it is. Read all about her and and their first and subsequent adventures, on Dan and Charlotte's starboardlocker blog.
  • Dave Zeiger of Triloboats has a blog which, he says, often mentions junk rig. He has a new blog about the building of his next boat. Seems pretty well-advanced at date of writing (Oct 2015).
  • David and Lynda Chidell have published Cutting the Dragon's Tail in a Kindle edition, and Lynda has set up a website to give readers access to photos that couldn't be included in the book
  • Gary King blogs about cruising on his Badger replica, Ashiki.
  • Gary Pick's Hartley Spindrift 24 Redwing blog - building and rigging her. Goes right back to 2008. Gary has a pretty long thread on our site too.
  • Georg Warnecke has a nice site about his Kingfisher 20+ junk Mimpi. It's in German and English.
  • Leo Foltz describes Chinese Lug Sails and building Twilight, an AS29 Sharpie.
  • Mike Perrin & Pat Whittaker write The Adventures of El Lobo
  • Pete Hill's blog, junkoryx is worth a read, according to Gary King. Thanks, Gary.
  • Paul Sanders built a 34' Badger and has an impressive blog about Vino Tinto.
  • Paul and Gayle Sommers have a blog detailing their travels aboard Indigo, a Colvin Gazelle 42, and latterly aboard Dragon's Wing, a 30' Ganley Snowbird. The blog has not been upadates for a while, but Paul says that is about to change.
  • Richard Brooksby keeps a blog of his cruising with and development of his junk-rigged Newbridge Coromandel Tammy Norie.
  • Roger Taylor has made some impressive voyages in the junk-rigged Corribee, Mingming, and was awarded the 2010 Jester Medal by the OCC
  • Shemaya Laurel has a Bolger Chebacco, Auklet,  that she has converted to junk rig (see JRA Magazine 67 for her account of the conversion). See also the Boat of the Month for June 2015 in our archive. Her blog includes information on Auklet's DIY separating composting head, which she wrote about in her JRA post here.
  • Shirley Carter is cruising on Speedwell of Hong Kong, mostly single handed.
  • Simon Foster and his partner Alison Roe run entertaining blogs about their conversion of an Alberg 37 yawl Ara 'Deg to a schooner junk. Simon's ('Junk rigging an Alberg 37') is a great primer for anyone contemplating (or already 'enjoying') such a PJR-inspired project, while 'Alison's Eye' features superb photos of places they've been. From its March 2011 West Atlantic 'design and build' start to arriving in Crosshaven, Eire, in January 2016 (via Scotland), you'll find tales of storms (they call them 'small gales' and gales 'big storms'), a broken mast, drying out on a steep slipway - and a fan-up or two -  all described with wit, tackled with determination and spiceded with humour. Reserve a few hours to discover what ocean adventuring is really about.
  • Klaus Sell and his brother Hans-Jürgen have a nice blog about the restoration and junk-rigging of their Luna 26, which they have now launched. The blog is in German, but a translation of the first part was published in Magazine 68.

Websites of Navigational Interest/Voyaging Information

If you are going to the Southern Ocean or Arctic/Antarctica you will want to read Voyaging Notes from Annie Hill & Trevor Robertson

       " ...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in junk-rigged boats" 
                                                               - the Chinese Water Rat

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