Welcome to the Junk Rig Association (JRA)


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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.  

Members' photo gallery - hover mouse over image to pause slideshow

Junk Rig Glossary

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.

Where are we based?

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.

Boat of the Month

November 2017 - Terry Penton's Si Hai

Si Hai is a 28ft steel Roberts Spray. Her British skipper, Terry Penton, purchased her in Brisbane, Australia, 25 years ago after retiring from a career as a purser in the P&O Line. At that stage the boat was rigged as a Bermudian sloop. Together with his partner, Ana Penton-Ford, who hails from Singapore, he sailed Si Hai to Townsville at the turn of the century, where they spent a summer converting the boat to junk schooner rig.

The masts were made from Hoop Pine, sealed with epoxy, and the yards and battens were also timber. The foremast was conventionally stepped, but the mainmast was stepped on deck, on top of the original compression post, supported by a frame similar to a tabernacle, though the mast does not pivot. This frame is braced out to the original chainplates with solid steel rods. Ana sewed the flat-cut sails from tan-coloured acrylic canvas similar to Sunbrella.

During trials off Townsville, they were delighted to discover that Si Hai sailed better with her generous junk schooner rig than with the previous under-canvassed Bermudian rig. The following winter they sailed north, spending a summer in Port Douglas before heading for Darwin and SE Asia, where they have remained, mostly cruising between Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Terry reports that the foresail, with its stout mast, makes an ideal storm jib.

On their first trip into Asian waters, they were struck at night by an unlit fishing boat but survived with little damage. Later, the Hoop Pine masts rotted in the hot and humid climate, being replaced with galvanised steel masts made in China. These new masts, with a 3mm wall thickness, are lighter and stronger than the originals. In recent years, Terry and Ana were forced to do major repairs to Si Hai, after being struck amidships while at anchor in a Malaysian river by a large steel trawler traveling at speed. Since relaunching, they have continued their wanderings through what Joseph Conrad called The Archipelago.

Our Boat of the Month Archive is here.

Get Started

Via this page you can, even as a non-member, access many of our resources and explore our services.

To get full access you'll need to become a member - click JOIN US in the menu on the left.

Some of the things you can do even before you join include:
  • Download Ash Woods'  easy-to read Beginners' Tour [pdf, 108 Kb]. Ash wrote this for us while he was still a 'newbie'. Thanks, Ash.
  • Watch a YouTube presentation created as a junk intro for yacht clubs, odownload as a pdf [7 Mb].
  • Download Arne Kverneland's pdf [987 Kb] 'Junk Rig for Beginners' in English or French. Arne has put much thought and energy into developing cambered panel rigs. This article - one of many which you can find here - goes back to basics. It's a great read before you tackle something just as essential - Hasler/McLeods' bible Practical Junk Rig.
  • Explore membership benefits in About Us - scroll up until you see the menu on the left.
  • Find out about junks in Junk Information.
  • Browse some of the latest forum posts (right).
  • Check out photographs of members' boats in our own ever-expanding Photo Gallery.

  • Watch these Google videos or see some stills by clicking on the mosaic at the top of this page.
  • Use the search box below to explore the public pages of the site.

So lower your sails (easy in a junk) and Join Us. For how to see the menu on the left). We're great value.

Converting your boat to junk rig is the best thing you can do to improve her safety and efficiency!


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