Associations, Clubs and Organisations
The Navigator and Venturer Association - "The Navigator & Venturer Association (NAVA) stems from the Association formed by Newbridge Navigator owners who wanted to share with other owners the pleasures of these small sailing cruisers. Owners of Venturers were invited to join when they came on the market."
The Kingfisher Yacht Owners' Association is the place to look for technical and other information, including boats for sale, about Kingfishers whether already junk-rigged or awaiting that conversion.
The Ocean Cruising Club's Cruising Information Service can be read by non-OC members.
The Jester Azores Challenge 2012 for single-handed yachts, under 30 feethas 67 entries at 16th March 2012.
The JRA is a member of the AYRS (Amateur Yacht Research Society), which is cataloguing its articles here. So if there's an article you'd like to read, Robin Blain may be able to help.
OSTAR - link to the website of this well-established trans-Atlantic Observer Single-handed Transatlantic Race which in 2013 will feature at least one junk, when our Chairman Jonathan Snodgrass gets his Sunbird 32 schooner junk Lexia to the start line. Read all about the competitors on the OSTAR site and check where those with YellowBrick are through it's tracking system.
Duckworks Magazine is loaded with info on small junk rigs like those developed by John Welsford and Paul Fisher.
Cruising Resources has a long list of links to junk rig sites.
Wikipedia's Junk Rig page.
Cranks with Planks presents a collection of Shanghai Sampans and Yulohs.
Karsten Petersen, aka Global Mariner, has a fascinating photo collection of Chinese junks and junk rigs.
Jochen Kuhn, a man of many talents in Germany, has a veritable treasure trove of Junk information, in the original German, and in English translation.
William Thomas, author, journalist, lecturer and film maker has written a couple of pages describing Chinese Junks in the South China Sea area.
The University of Bristol (UK) run a project on Historical Photos of China here, though you'll need to search for images of junks. Roy Denton provided links to some of them here.
Robert Parish has some great photos in his sampan and junkrig albums
Member Wayne Moran can build you a traditional Chinese junk.
provides information about junk rigs for his boat designs.
YouTube gives access to many videos of junks sailing. That link takes you straight to David Tyler's 2012 slide show presentation 'Everything You Need To Know About Modern Junk Rigs'. A random sample of other junk videos is on the right.
When we first puiblished this link, we said, "The awesome twosome aboard Teleport, Chris and Jess Taunton, are about to start their season in Canada, heading for the NW Passage. YachtTeleport.com is well worth following, to see what can be accomplished when you have youth, strength and determination. At 1.3.2012 Teleport is overwintering half-way through the NW Passage. Photos, videos and maps." Well, at 12.9.2012 we hear they've exited the passage and are thus the first jiunk rigged vessel to do so. We send them our congratulations!
The Sailing Channel offers 'how to' and cruising videos. Most are 'pay for' but there are plenty of free samples.
'Free China junk' is a feature-length documentary released in 2012, and that's the link to it. The publishers say that it 'represents a rare opportunity to capture the Free China story, a story whose back-drop in 1955 reflects the subtle relations between Communist China, Formosa (Taiwan) and the United States during this significant period in China's history. It is this moment in history that prompts the Free China's crew to make a critical choice: to stay in Taiwan or risk everything to cross the vast Pacific without sailing experience in the hope of tasting a new kind of freedom. With an invitation in hand to participate in a trans-Atlantic yacht race, they choose the ocean.' A great story and some fascinating shots of hard work (and chickens).
JRA member Paul Thompson sent this link. He said, "I've stripped down this video that I found on YouTube to retain just the bits that interested me in this 1973 Shanghai political documentary. The full video (in two parts) can be found on YouTube by searching for 'Shanghai 1973'. Whoever posted it deleted the distracting voice and ran some of it in slow motion to help viewers see what's really going on. Notice that all the sails, even the shredded ones, are not flat. Lots of yuloh action too."
The Guide to Sailing and Cruising Stories - Windvane Forum - specifically for self-steering discussions.
Sites and Wikis
Lesley Verbrugge wrote 17.5.2013 to say, "I am losing patience with Facebook which is spamming me with ads. I have friends who are only on Facebook to keep in touch with Rene and I, so we're really happy that a cruising couple have come up with an alternative - www.eBoatCards.com
It's only just started so many bells and whistles are yet to be added, but it definitely looks like a viable alternative to the big F. If you're interested, take a look, but sign up for an ActiveCaptain account first, which you can do from eBoatCards' home page. It's free, and it's ad free. if enough junkies join, we can ask them to set up a Junk Group. What I liked about it was the fact that our land friends will be able to sign up and keep in touch with us. There's also an app for mobiles that enables me to identify boats that are geographically near- should I wish to!" There's a direct link to Active Captain below.
Chris & Jess Taunton
The awesome twosome aboard junk rigged Teleport
were the first junk to transit the NW Passage, over two seasons. See what can be accomplished when you have youth, strength and determination. Photos, videos and maps.
Active Captain - The Interactive Cruising Guidebook - Marina Reviews, Fuel prices, Anchorages.
Good Old Boat - Good Old Boat says it has 'entered the 21st century kicking and screaming.' A bit like the JRA then. They're all about traditional boats and ways of doing things and, like us, now have a digital magazine 'for those who are not so traditional'.
Shanties & Sea Songs collected by Andrew Droskóy.
East Coast Sailing - EastCoastSailing.co.uk is an active website that’s intimately linked to both www.EastCoastPilot.com (the updates website for the East Coast Pilot) an www.CrossingTheThamesEstuary.com (the website for the Estuary crossing planner, Crossing The Thames Estuary). ECS is home to East Coast news stories, Notices to Mariners, all the weather and tidal data you can possibly need, plus new products and books.
Sailblogs - Sailing Blog Hosting & Social Network - "Have an adventure to share? An on-line Sailblog and map can keep you connected from around the world!"
Mr. Vee has archived Walt Murray's Self-Steering Designs webpages.
Learn how to build your own self-steering from Eric & Sherrell, crew of Sarana. They publish their work in two PDFs, the first of which is free and the second is $5.00 US. Well worth it if your interest is in trimtabs.
World Cruising and Sailing Wiki - A Free Cruising Guide in the "wiki tradition", interactive with free registration.
Stellarium Wiki - Stellarium is free GPL desktop software which renders realistic skies in real time with openGL. With Stellarium, you really see what you can see with your eyes, binoculars or a small telescope. Stellarium is also used in planetariums. - Linux, Windows or Mac.
'Free China Junk' Preservation links to the organisation that's attempting to preserve the junk (see video above) and take it back to Taiwan - there's news in the 'News & Info' section, and a video clip too.
The Cheap Pages links to some interesting nautical sites, several of them junk-related. It's here that Brian Platt's article The Chinese Sail can be read as web pages. It's also available here as a pdf (750 Kb).
The Vermont Sail Freight Project aims to match eco-friendly production and delivery and may even use junk sails. Click the 'About' button on their Home Page.
Swallow Boats have an excellent whole page about junk-rigged Swallows.
Boleh, a historic junk-yacht of unique design, is being restored in Portsmouth and turned into the perfect vessel for providing inspirational training to disadvantaged young people. Boleh was built in Singapore in 1949 and sailed to the UK. In Malay Boleh means “can do”. The “can do” philosophy is at the heart of the project to restore Boleh and put her to work training and inspiring young people.
Polytarp sails: Mink Mulcahy's Duckworks article on making one for a dinghy.
Soft shackles: L-36.com has a wealth of technical articles, not the least of which are a variety of "soft shackles".
TriloBoats say: "(Our) boats provide formula designs for simple, DIY plywood box-barges (scows) for sail, power and/or mooring. Their intent is to help your home-built boat onto the water in the shortest possible time, with the most possible bangs for the buck (return on investment). To this end, TriloBoats are optimized for DIY home builders. As such, they are relatively inexpensive and quick to build using basic carpentry skills, tools and materials. Whether as sailing barge, power scow, or shanty boat; whether as gunk-holer, protected water cruiser or live-aboard houseboat; TriloBoats intend to provide a commodious, stable and seaworthy platform for living large on the water" They also know about junks.
Pete Hill's catamaran Oryx is a much-modified Bernd Kohler plywood design for DIY-ers. Pete's KD 860 is here. Badger inspired many members to follow in Pete's wake - maybe Oryx will do the same!