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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.
The final version of the Junk Rig Glossary is now available and can be found under the Junk Information menu, or directly here. This Glossary lists all the terms related to the junk rig, its implementation and use.
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.
Jan 2017 – Minke
Happy NEW YEAR ALL!
Minke is a sistership to Graham Cox's Arion. Both hulls were built by the same builder, a few months apart, then fitted out by their owners in Ballina, NSW, Australia, in the early to mid 1990s. Minke's first owner was Matt Reynolds, whose brother, Jay, built both hulls. Matt sailed Minke twice to North Queensland and back to Ballina, crossing tacks with Arion both times. After sailing aboard Minke and then alongside her for several hundred miles, Graham Cox was convinced that he wanted a junk rigged yacht, but it took another 15 years before he converted Arion in 2011.
Minke was sold to JRA member, Don McFarlane in 2012. In 2015, Don sailed her from Coffs Harbour, NSW, to Fiji, via Lord Howe Island and New Caledonia. It was an eventful passage, with strong winds at times. Don had to go up the mast twice at sea, using his Topclimber, first because the metal yard sling broke (replaced permanently with a lashing) and then the masthead block failed. After leaving New Caledonia, they were becalmed for a while and unable to motor as the fresh water pump on the engine failed.
When the wind returned, it was against them and quickly got up to 40 knots. Minke beat gamely on through very rough seas, but Don says that by this time he was confident in the boat's seaworthiness. Don intends to stay in the South Pacific for an extended period but has unexpectedly had to return to Australia for a couple of years. He is leaving Minke in Fiji for now and will fly out to sail her whenever possible, before resuming his South Pacific cruise at a later date.
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