Blondie Hasler said after the first OSTAR about the Atlantic crossing
in Jester his junk rigged folkboat
'I've never had to go on deck
in an emergency
or in bad weather' I remember reading somewhere that he did the majority of the trip in his 'lounge slippers'. His idea for the race
was to promote the design of sailing equipment
to make sailing easier.
Jock McLeod sailed Ron Glas a chinese lugsail rigged schooner in the 1972 OSTAR he fished in 38 days and said he never used his oilskins and had only had to reef his big lugsails 3 times on the Atlantic crossing
Annie and Pete Hill crossed the Atlantic 7 times between 1983 & 91 and cruised Greenland
, Nova Scotia
and the East coast
USA (to name just a few) in their 34 foot Junk rigged Badger.
I beleive the bermudan rig advantage of sailing to windward is its only plus, junk riggs will point quite well but just don't go as fast, and lets face it most of the likes of us who go cruisin (rather than racing) try not to go to windward, I must admit that most times when I am sailing to windward I usually use the 'iron topsl' amd motor