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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

July 2018 - Quetzal

Quetzal is a Westerly Nimrod designed by Ian Proctor (perhaps best known for designing the Wayfarer) and I bought her in 2005 for £1,000. I am from a dinghy sailing background and I like the simplicity of this boat. I have done my best to make this sturdy little trailer-sailor more like a dinghy and less like a keelboat. I have seen some Nimrods whose owners have done the opposite and ended up with all sorts of big-boat stuff cluttering them up. I fitted a new winch for the keel, for example, because the old one required 110 turns of the handle! I fitted rowlock fittings to give me the option to row and also made alterations to the rudder so that it could be lifted right up. I like to be able to land on the beach and take advantage of her ability to float in only 8” of water.

I have trailed the boat to other lakes in the Lake District, where I am fortunate enough to live, but I also like to take her to the coast occasionally to be a bit more adventurous. In 2014, after a couple of trips to the coast of South West Scotland and another trip round the Wirral I decided to sail the coast of Cumbria, from Arnside to the Solway, to raise some extra funding for Blackwell Sailing, the Sailability charity I set up 25 years ago and now manage as a full-time job.

For one leg of this cruise, from the Walney Channel to Whitehaven, I sailed single handed and this was a near disaster. I sailed the boat for many hours with a poorly balanced rig which put far too much strain on the rudder. This caused it to break away from the rudder stock as I approached my destination. Having converted now to Junk Rig I am sure I will feel more confident when sailing alone.

To keep the mast in the tabernacle I use a couple of ratchet straps with wooden spacers, but because this is an experiment rather than a tried and tested method I keep a spare one on board. I am told ratchet straps can take a much bigger strain than this. Last winter I cut and stuck a quetzal bird onto the sail using spinnaker tape but I’m not very sure it will stay stuck on.

As stated in my article on the junk conversion, I received a lot of help from David Tyler, who designed and made the sail, advised me on the battens and provided technical drawings for the hardwood end stops etc. He also came to sail the boat with me to advise further on adjusting the rigging.

During my most recent sail on Windermere I was drifting along rather slowly because the wind had dropped, I had just 4 panels up when a violent gust caught me by surprise and knocked the boat flat. Water was pouring in over the side into the cockpit but she just bobbed back up, self-drained and a few seconds later almost everything was back to normal. As long as I don’t actually fall out of her I do believe the boat looks after me pretty well!

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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