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.  

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

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 2016 - William H. Short's Yangtze Pelican

The Yangtze Pelican was based on William H. Short’s well-known 12' San Francisco Pelican, introduced in 1959. Described as a cross between a dory and a Chinese sampan, it was a unique center-boarder, combining the lines of the banks fishing dory with a sampan bow. LOA 12' 2½"; Beam 6' 1¾"; Draught (board up) 4"; (board down) 4' 0"; min. racing weight 390 lbs. Sail area: main, 72 sq.ft.; jib, 33 sq.ft.; midships freeboard 2'.

The first Pelican was trialled in the roughest waters of San Francisco Bay to test the combination of formerly dissident features: a lightweight plywood hu
ll; shallow draft; flat surfing bottom; constant bold dory flare at the chine; sampan bow; and a standing lug rig. The challenge of the Bay's strong winds and choppy waters was met by this unique design. The bow proved to be buoyant and broach-free; the generous freeboard and flare prevented swamping. It was an immediate success as a roomy, comfortable family cruising boat - seaworthy, versatile, and fast enough for competitive racing. Hundreds were and are still built and raced in SF Bay area.

Through the 16' Great Pelican (above) with the same 2:1 length to beam ratio, and the Super Pelican (Great Pelican stretched to 18') there is a natural progression to the Yangtze Pelican (right, a drawing by Sokoloff), which has the 18' hull built up with Chinese style superstructure and with a junk rig.

All Pelicans (12', 16' and 18') are c
onstructed on a strongback jig. The design is ideal for amateur builders with basic carpentry skills set out in detailed plans and instruction booklets. Many High School woodshops and Sea Scout groups have built the Pelican as a sailing project. A part built Yangtze Pelican was offered for sale by a builder located in Victoria, BC., in 2014 (below) and reported sold within days. No other builds seem to exist - anyone fancy a winter project?

About the Designer:
Captain William H. Short was a U.S. licensed Master Mariner for San Francisco Bay and Inland waters. For twenty-eight ye
ars he was Captain of a 569 ton steam tug, pushing loaded railroad barges around the Bay. The design emerged from his knowledge of local weather conditions related to working and recreational sailing, and life-time study and experience of classic working craft and rigs. Plans, building instructions, and other information may be obtained from Mrs. Muriel Short at San Francisco Pelican Boats.

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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