Bob Hedges on 01/19/2007 16:17
Yes, Michale loves those junks! He sailed my Freeedom 36 too. He loved the free-standing rig. It just did not have enough knots and lines.
Raf Frankel on 01/25/2007 06:47
It’s delightful to read Michael’s logs and to learn about the influence of historical events on modern, practical sailing. Add to the mix a unique blend of cultural, societal and economic observations and those sailing adventures become fascinating, educational journals.
Robin Blain on 01/28/2007 12:26
Michael Frankel’s yacht is a Sunbird 32 built by Sunbird Yachts who were building in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s until the business was killed by the UK government’s levy of 25% tax on luxuries.
The Sunbird 32, designed by Alan Boswell is the only production yacht designed for the junk rig in the world. The problem is that there are not enough of them as junks, as some were built with Bermudan rigs, when they had to have 12″ added to their keel depth and this filled up with ballast. This is an interesting necessary alteration between the two rigs on the same hull.
Sunbird has been in business for 30 years and now concentrates on designing and supplying junk rigs for all types and sizes of boat from an 8 foot inflatable to an 80 foot motor fishing vessel. They also operate a Brokerage service for junk rigged boats only.
I, Robin Blain, am the Hon. Secretary of the Junk Rig Association and we publish two glossy 4-page colour newsletters every year and distribute an Information Pack on junk rigs.
We run a lending library and organize 3 or 4 weekend rallies every year in the UK.
We also are available for advice and information via Email , Telephone 10239-842613 or by post at 373 Huntspond Road, Fareham, Hants,
We have an ongoing research and development programme in co-operation with Sunbirds and members of the J.R.A.
There is a discussion group on that anyone can join and more information at the JRA website at http://www.junkrigs.com/
Jimmy Cornell on 01/19/2007 13:06
As with everything else that is (or looks) odd in sailing, I an always prepared to give tbe other side the benefit of the doubt. This is more than true in the case of the junk rig whose main attraction is its ease of handling and, implicitly, its safety. However, the main reason why I am ready to look at it objectively is that I know that Michael successfully completed a double Atlantic crossing in his junk-rigged Sabra,which proved that the rig was workable, convenient and safe. Let’s hope that some builder or designer is open-minded enough to launch a production boat with such a rig so more sailors can make up their minds if they wish to follow in Sabra’s wake.