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

July 2017 - Jason Velick's Etoile du Sud

Memorial Day 2017 is 2 years to the day that owners Sam Ong and Jason Velick first saw Etoile du Sud (34’ Jay Benford designed Junk Rigged Schooner) in Marathon Key, Florida.  The first step in owning this beauty was shipping her back to California where they live.  Once the boat was finally in its new California home, they went to re-step the masts and discovered that the original wooden masts were splitting badly and needed to be replaced entirely.  They found aluminum light posts that fit the specifications for this sized vessel, and since the masts arrived they worked diligently to fabricate new mastheads and steps to accommodate the new hardware. 

All of the rigging needed to be re-done, but after a lot of work, Jason says she now sails better than ever!  All the rigging is routed to the cockpit so she can be solo sailed, and they have a hydraulic autopilot system and purchased a Hydrovane (but have yet to install that device).  Fittingly, her first sail was on her Memorial Day birthday where Sam and Jason took her out of the marina into the harbor and past the breakwater to Pierpont Bay near Ventura, California.  She sailed with ease to the Ventura Pier (just over 2 nm from the harbor entrance) in about 10-12 knots of wind and got up to 6 knots which she handled beautifully.  No weatherhelm, straight as an arrow!  After the initial exciting sail, the only minor changes moving forward are adding downhauls to both sails and repair some small holes in the sails.  Owner Jason says, "I did not realize how much I was going to love sailing a junk rig. I love my boat and do not see myself getting rid of her anytime soon. She is my home and my recreation and I love her now more than ever. " There may be some interior and exterior cosmetic upgrades coming in the future, only time will tell, but an eventual circumnavigation is definitely on the horizon.  She’s built for that type of journey and Jason and Sam appear up for the challenge!

You can follow their adventures on instagram @sailingetoile.

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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