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

May 2017 –  David and Rosemary Webb's Little Gypsy Girl

In order to get on the water quickly and economically after selling Arcadian, David and Rosemary decided to modify her 14ft. tender to make a small trailerable day sailer. After significant modification she gained two feet six inches in length, a cabin, a watertight cockpit and a new drop keel with a 60 kg welded steel bulb on the bottom.

Using the original balanced lugsail cat ketch rig (above , left) she sailed quite well at the Tall Ships Regatta in January, but was under-canvassed. David designed an aero junk rig for her, built a new mast from a small tree from a friend’s wood and wishbone yard and battens from one inch thick fir left over from a project to build a set of shelves.

Sewn on a straight stitch industrial sewing machine, the sail was made from discount store yellow nylon with edges and batten divisions reinforced with two inch wide webbing. It was tried out the week before the 2017 AGM junket, and issues with tacking led David to add webbing to hold the wishbones horizontal.

On the Friday before the AGM Little Gypsy Girl was sailed from Parua Bay around to McLeod Bay, performing well even towing an eight foot dinghy (above, right). On the Saturday, sailing in company with Oryx, the wind was very fluky - 5 to 10 knot breeze with 25 to 30 knot gusts. One of these laid her flat, blowing the sail to the top of the mast. She righted herself but the top batten hooked around the topping lift and the sail was stuck. David managed to release the topping lift, allowing the sail to drop, and motored back to the anchorage where a preventer was rigged to stop it happening again!

On Sunday the wind was very light and fluky before finally settling down into the south east and then rising to 25 to 30 knots. They reefed down to two panels, but were still doing six knots towing the dinghy. They decided to return to Parua Bay and haul out before the easterly wind made it impossible to get the boat on the trailer.

David still needs to complete the interior outfitting of Little Gypsy Girl and some tweaking of the rig is still required, but she has the makings of a comfortable trailer sailer/weekender for a solo sailer or a maximum of two people.

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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       " ...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in junk-rigged boats" 
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