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Formed in 1979 at the Southampton Boat Show by a group of junk rig enthusiasts, the JRA (Junk Rig Association) is for its members and about their boats and their rigs. We aim to: promote the use of the junk rig by encouraging members to organise 'rallies' and 'junkets' (see About Us) and via our tri-annual Magazine and this site; encourage the development of junk and related rigs, the building or conversion of boats to the junk rig, and the use of vessels with the rig or its derivatives; create an international community of people who've already 'junked' their boat, are thinking of doing so, or are just interested in learning what it's all about.
Summing that up, our main job is to get the rig talked about. Former Chairman David Tyler certainly helped there: the Ocean Cruising Club recently awarded him their Rose Medal "for the most meritorious short-handed ...and exceptional voyage on board Tystie [from the UK to New Zealand]. You will have inspired many others, some of whom may well adopt a junk rig." David's follow-up voyage to and around Alaska was tracked here.
The final version of the Junk Rig Glossary is now available and can be found under the Junk Information menu, or directly here. This Glossary lists all the terms related to the junk rig, its implementation and use.
We were formed in the UK, and although our 'office' address and banking remains in the UK we are run by an increasingly international Committee via the Internet. A number of posts become vacant every year, at the AGM, so if you choose to join you could also put your name forward to help run the 'club'. It doesn't run itself. Our membership is now more than 50% outside the UK. Click the chart for detail.
Aug 2016 - Arne Kverneland Ingeborg 26’ Marieholm International Folkboat (IF)
A highly talked about vessel from Arne as discussed at length below;
Ingeborg is a 26’ Marieholm International Folkboat (IF), built in 1974. I bought her in 2014 with the original Bermuda rig fitted. Only this year, on 17th June were we ready for the first sail with the new JR, after a delayed conversion project. So far, we have accumulated nine outings in her, and things are going well now. Ingeborg is a well-mannered lady - with a ballast ratio of 58% she can easily stand up to the bigger sail area of 35sqm.
In the words of Arne, "The IF is one of those rare boats that looks good both ashore and afloat."
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