JRA Site Beginners' Guide

  • 02 Oct 2013 22:49
    Message # 1403520
    One of the things that some new members say is that it takes a while to find their way around the site. We have some great articles, e.g. those by Arne, which aim to introduce beginners to the rig. Bruce Weller as a 'newbie' produced a useful Vocabulary of basic junk terms. Others have shown how easy it is to convert a boat to the rig.

    So the idea is to create an area of the site called 'Beginners start here'. This could include a link to our Recommended Books (eg PJR). Would need to point out that cambered sails aren't the only way to go, hence the need for the other links eg to Slieve's public pages, forum discussions of flat vs cambered vs split junk. Needs thought - don't want overload, do want to encourage.

    Could you go through the site and create a page or more of links to 'get you started' articles/ posts/ images / You Tube videos?

    The future of the JRA depends on recruiting and keeping new members: a good welcome is one of the best ways. A relative 'newbie' might be the ideal candidate for this.
    Last modified: 03 Feb 2014 15:10 | Anonymous member
  • 11 Nov 2013 23:10
    Reply # 1432738 on 1403520
    New member Ash Woods is taking this on. He says:

    "Brian, it will be a pleasure to help with Junk Rig Beginners project. During this week I will put into writing the learning process I have been through in the last month and the various sources within the JRA to see if I can make something helpful. I will let you see it obviously for your guidance and feedback. Thanks, Ash."

    Ash would, I'm sure, be very happy to receive input from other new members. I've suggested that we upload his work to the site in draft form so that other newbies (and indeed oldsters) can comment/add suggestions through this fora, so watch this space. many thanks, Ash - this is just the sort of help we need. It will be a great resource for new members.
    Last modified: 11 Nov 2013 23:11 | Anonymous member
  • 19 Nov 2013 21:35
    Reply # 1441803 on 1403520
    Ash has sent a first draft. Thanks Ash.
  • 03 Dec 2013 22:29
    Reply # 1451090 on 1403520
    Just a quick update. I've now had a look at Ash's first draft and have emailed with comments to say he's on the right track. He's splitting the project into two or more parts, and the one I've just looked at was Part 1 in which he explains why he began considering converting to junk. Later he'll move on to list and explain pages, articles, photos, diagrams, forum discussions etc that he found particularly useful. Thanks a lot, Ash. Great to have a new member volunteering.
  • 06 Jan 2014 21:06
    Reply # 1468927 on 1403520
    Ash, Annie is hoping to proof read your project so far, before she sets off on a voyage. I guess Christmas etc got in the way.
  • 17 Mar 2014 23:17
    Reply # 1519610 on 1403520
    Ash, your article and Annie's Fifty Advantages of the Junk Rig are now mentioned on and linked from the Home Page and the Members' Area page. Many thanks to you both, and to Graham Cox for helping with proof reading. And apologies to Ash for how long it took to get your article uploaded. Job done at last, eh?
    Last modified: 17 Mar 2014 23:19 | Anonymous member
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