Robin Blain - R.I.P.

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  • 17 May 2018 19:47
    Reply # 6240346 on 5365780

    I did not know Robin, but the respect given him by long time members of the JRA is heartening.  He must have been quite the good man.

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  • 17 May 2018 14:22
    Reply # 6239289 on 5365780
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    Chairman 2015- JRA(Administrator)

    Yes, I saw the posting.  Incredibly crass and tactless, I thought, seeing as how he has no idea of the story. 

    When I wrote "sensitive", I was considering how his wife might feel having complete strangers phoning up with business enquiries for him, as there's a home phone number up there.

    Can't imagine she'd be upset at my suggestion he was worthy of the 'Hall of Fame'.

    I'm happy to be judged by Mandy for my suggestions.

  • 08 May 2018 21:25
    Reply # 6144218 on 5365780
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    Just noticed Robin is still listed on the Honorary Members list with contact details.

    Might be more sensitive to remove it, and move him to the Hall of Fame.

  • 04 Nov 2017 17:40
    Reply # 5533031 on 5365780

    I would like to thank all the members of the JRA for their kind words about Robin and I have received many cards as well.

    The official announcement came out in the Daily Telegraph today and I hope to make the day a celebration of his life.

    BLAIN, Robin William originally from Melbury Bubb and latterly of Titchfield, on Wednesday 25th October peacefully at his new home in Broadmayne after a short illness aged 76.  Husband of Miranda (Mandy), loving father of Christopher & Guy, grandfather to Amber and Rosie.

    Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired to RNLI and Melbury Bubb PCC, c/o A.J. Wakely & Sons, 16 Newland, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3JQ. Tel: 01935-816817.

    Funeral service to be held at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Melbury Bubb (DT2 0NQ) at 2 p.m. on Saturday 18th November followed by refreshments at Leigh Village Hall (DT9 6HL) where all will be welcomed.  Please let Mandy or Wakely’s know if you are attending.

    Many people have kind enough to post pictures of Robin and if you have a picture the family would love to see it.  I am afraid most of our photos are of Christmas celebrations which have for many years remained identical except for the sons' facial hair!



  • 04 Nov 2017 13:07
    Reply # 5529473 on 5365780

    How sad, Robin helped us convert our first boat to junk rig and latterly smoothed our purchase of Ron Glas from Jock much missed Tony a d Sally 

  • 03 Nov 2017 11:43
    Reply # 5514071 on 5365780

    I had a delightful visit with Robin and Mandy in 1999. I traveled with him on his rounds, including a boat delivery to the Isle of Wight. We made a pilgrimage to the former office of Angus Primrose and Associated to speak with Bill Dixon who remembers packing up the plans for my NA-29 (Marco Polo III/Teleport in 1976.) Another pilgrimage took us on a day trip to the Kensington Science Museum in London to view the junk model Maze Collection. Just amazing> It's a pity the collection has been removed from display.

    I corresponded with Robin over the years during construction. I regarded him as part of my whole junkrig experience. RIP

  • 03 Nov 2017 10:03
    Reply # 5513163 on 5365780
    Good bye Robin. Thank you for your work to convert the rig of my Wharram cats in Swing Wing rigs and for all the time you spent with the Junk and Advanced Rig association.

    You'll miss for you family and for a lot of sailors.


  • 31 Oct 2017 10:43
    Reply # 5464731 on 5365780
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    David and I joined the JRA from abroad when we were building our Tom Colvin designed boat.  We came to know of the JRA through another member who was building a 'sister ship' in Southampton.  The JRA was then in its infant, pre-computer days.  Our welcome into the relatively small membership was a personal note from Robin along with a copy of an early newsletter.   A face-to-face meeting did not happen until we returned to the UK on an fittings, engine and instrument buying expedition.  It so happened that there was a rally and AGM at Warsash while we were back in the UK and I was,  at last,  able to meet Robin, the driving force behind the JRA.  A kind and generous man for whom nothing, especially if related to junk,  was ever too much trouble.   Contact between Robin and ourselves was minimal during our years of cruising - largely because we had to rely on snail mail delivered to Poste Restante offices in our ports of call.   On returning to the UK,  our membership with the JRA continued despite no longer having a boat.  This changed in 2015 when Robin kindly helped me to find a junk rigged boat suited to our changed lifestyle.  He and Mandy generously had me to stay in their home when I drove to Portsmouth to view and sail aboard the boat once owned by the JRA.    Robin knew the boat very well and was concerned that I should feel it was the right boat for my purposes.  He joined me on my inspection of KRKA and accompanied me on the trial sail.    His generosity did not end there as he also prepared the boat for transportation to my home waters and saw that she was loaded safely for the journey.

    While staying in the Blain's home,   Robin was keen that I should inspect the 'nerve centre' of the JRA.    His office - a veritable junk themed museum - displayed an amazing collection of junk pictures and photos,  and shelves containing every conceivable book on the subject of junks and their sails.   His fascination with, and his knowledge of the subject was second to none.   His unfailing willingness to help anyone who showed an interest in the subject to learn more,  his generous gifts of time for teaching and sharing his knowledge is a huge loss to junk enthusiasts the world over.     

    We shall all miss you,  Robin.    Rest in Peace.

    Condolences to Mandy and the rest of Robin's family.    


    Last modified: 31 Oct 2017 10:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 30 Oct 2017 21:07
    Reply # 5456797 on 5365780

    From my first contact with Robin and before we knew each other, his kindness and warmth was immediately tangible and his huge enthusiasm for boats in general and the junk rig in particular was infectious.

    During our friendship I was astounded by his encyclopaedic knowledge and unfailing memory of boats and their owners. I hardly ever spoke to a member but that he or she made a point of saying that Robin was the kindest, gentlest, most helpful and generous person.

    Time tends to change everything, of course, but his like in not to be expected in this organisation. Our loss won't be made good.

    Last modified: 30 Oct 2017 21:08 | Anonymous member
  • 30 Oct 2017 20:34
    Reply # 5456495 on 5365780

    he did a lot for the junk–rig community – what a loss! 
    my deepest condolences!!  

    may g–d comfort his wife and his child!!!

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