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Search engines can seem to track our entire lives. They can also trawl the web for junk images. Here are some that it found on 30th November 2013. Click the mosaic for an update - there are lots to explore.
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 with that: 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 is tracked here.
We were formed in the UK, and although our 'office' (ie bank) remains in the UK we are run by an increasingly international Committee via the internet. A number of posts become vacant in 2014 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 below for detail.
Via this page you can, as a non-member, access some 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 as a non-member include:
- watch on YouTube a presentation we created as a junk rig intro for yacht clubs. Or download the pdf
- 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' 'junk 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 below
- 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 the page
- use the search box below to explore the public pages of the siite
- ask questions in our fora
- get answers from 'junkies' all over the world, including many ocean sailors.
So lower your sails (easy in a junk) and join us. We're great value. Converting your boat to a junk is the best thing you can do to improve its safety and efficiency!