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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. Tystie and David are now in Canada.
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.
June 2015 - Shemaya Laurel's Auklet
This month we feature another Reddish-rigged junk - Shemaya Laurel's Auklet, a 20' Bolger Glasshouse.
is a Bolger designed Glasshouse Chebacco. There are several variations
on the Chebacco design, and this one has a long, shallow, ballasted keel
instead of a centerboard. Loaded the way it was intended, the draft
would be about 18 inches – it’s more by the time I’ve put several
months’ worth of gear and supplies on board (we’ve now raised the
waterline twice). The boat is roughly 20 feet long, and perfect for
single-handed coastal cruising. Even well-stocked she’ll make about 5½
knots in a good wind, and has taken me quite nicely between the
Connecticut River and downeast Maine (USA).
junk rig is new this past year; sea trials began in mid-September,
2014, and went on for about a month before the New England fall chill
really set in. I’m looking forward to more extensive sailing with the
new rig when the weather warms up again in the spring.
didn’t make a lot of adjustments for the junk conversion – the masts
are in their original positions, with just some forward rake for the
mainmast. We did add about 35 square feet of additional sail area more
than the original design; this helps in getting about primarily under
sail, with a small electric outboard as an auxiliary. If all goes well,
in another year or so we’ll see Nova Scotia up close, and one day I’d
like to get as far as Newfoundland, and …
for myself, I live in the northeast of USA, part of the time on the
boat. Previously, there were jobs, and some health issues; now, I’ve
finally reached an age where saying I’m “retired” almost makes sense.
For more on the boat and our travels, see www.sailingauklet.com
Our Boat of the Month Archive is here.