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

June 2017 - Marcus Raimon's Freebie

Marcus says:
I’ve now owned Freebie for many years.  He was thrown together to satisfy a need, out of bits and pieces that either I had been given, or that I already had lying around.  I love that about this boat: he has been a test bed and a friend.  I've had sailing adventures with family and friends, and I’ve used him as a work barge, strapped and fendered alongside my little keeler, Sweet Thursday.

Freebie is a straightforward, honest, old-fashioned kind of boat, 5 metres LOA.  He is open and built of plywood, on simple, sawn frames, using 304 chipboard screws and ‘Gorilla’, foaming polyurethane glue.  The paint came from the dump.  Upwind, he likes to be sailed well heeled, with the lee gunwale not quite awash, so that the topsides grip the water and the bottom doesn’t pound too much.  Downwind in a decent breeze, he can give you a thrilling ride, provided you stay well aft to keep the bow light and the shoal-draught rudder doing its best.

His latest arrangement, as a fully-functioning, junk-rigged ketch/schooner/yawl – I can’t quite decide what he is – has been for me a particular pleasure, because I’ve often dreamed of and drawn a junk-rigged Freebie.

I had to attend the AGM, time was short and I put it together with what was at hand, as usual.  I worked out the batten positions for the mainsail, by laying it out on the ground and then laying bamboo battens across it, adjusting them as I saw fit, and then went with that.  As for the mizzen: well, I just stole that out of Pugwash!

Anyone want to buy a second-hand ‘Portland Pudgy’?

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" 
                                                               - the Chinese Water Rat

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