doesn't worry me, I just haven't "technically" final tuned any. If I end up Bermuda
rigged, I'll hold no fear.
As to Windward, it is a certain downfall and you definitely do more radical tacking. Leeward is ferociously good, but not so much as to negate the Windward performance. Reefing in a blow is nothing (I know, don't do it, but trust me, it happens). A tear is pretty much not an issue.
All in, it's easy single
handed..... However, my reason is just the feel and honestly the aesthetic. The unstayed mast is simply that you'll lose some of the benefits with rigging in the way.
All that aside, what was it's biggest benefit in my eyes? While on a short trip a few years ago.... 4 vessels. Someone (the owner of the junk I was on) suggested a wind power
only "race" of sorts. We left out from Jamestown on our way to Great Abaco
Sailing off the hook, we had them by a fair margin. By Virginia Beach, we were in last place. Cap kept saying we had the long legs as dead air was coming. I wasn't exactly convinced as we were the broadest beam and had little hull
design in our favor.
Long story short, we sailed past them with radio
chatter of dropping the wind rule
till "we were all out of chains". We lost as he had to drop me at mayport for a family emergency
Speed wasn't a factor for me, but the feel of sailing junk rigged is just something words won't so much as imply. It must be experienced to be known.
There are actually quite a few junk rigged boats out there. I've been fortunate enough to sail, crew or just enjoy the ride on three and have boarded a few more.
Like I say though, there's no quantifiable reason for my love of the junk rig, it's just so.