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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. Tystie and David are now in Canada.
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.
December 2015 – Graham Cox's Arion
With her sturdy lines and distinctive black sail, Graham Cox's steel Tom Thumb 24 Arion
is somewhat iconic within the JRA. Having voyaged in the Pacific aboard
a variety of craft, from a 6m bermudian sloop to a 35 tonne gaff
schooner, it was always Graham's intention when he bought Arion's
hull and deck in 1996 to give her a junk rig. In 2010-11, after sailing
her for some years with her Bermudan rig, he went ahead with the plan.
was given an aluminium
utility-pole mast 200mm dia x 5mm wall, tapering to 110mm diameter at
the top, sleeved for the first 1.5m and raked forward by 3º. The
Hasler/McLeod sail, modified by Graham and David Tyler, is of black
Odyssey III fabric. Using darts sewn into the luff and leech, the camber
is 8-10% in the four lower panels, decreasing progressively in the
upper three. The mast has been trouble-free, but after breaking an
under-specified aluminium yard he built a new one from 100 x 3mm tube.
The halyard is attached to the yard with a three point span to spread
After some modification to luff parrels, Graham reported that the sail
set beautifully and the camber seems just right. It has a fixed balance,
about 15% at the tack decreasing to 10% at the throat, and the boat
balanced on all points of sail. Driving hard downwind at maximum hull
speed, 6 - 6.5 knots, in winds of 15 knots gusting to 20, showed the
boat to be as well-mannered as it always was, with no sign of wanting to
round up. He was delighted with the rig and amazed at how powerful it
was. Even in light airs the boat sails to windward as well as he could
remember it ever doing before the conversion.
If ocean cruising he might be tempted by a flat sail, but a certain
amount of close-quarters sailing is always required, even if just
entering and leaving port. Sailing well in light airs and smooth seas is
one of his great pleasures, and the light, soft Odyssey III material
greatly enhances light air performance. He likens it to sailing with a
drifter, yet the sail is strong enough to withstand considerable abuse*.
Graham declares his rig conversion a success, and believes that the
junk rig will keep him sailing longer than he might do with any other
*Note: For the reason why Arion
may soon revert to a flat junk sail, see this forum thread
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