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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.
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.
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.
Dec 2016 – Tao Zou and Glen Maxwell
I bought Tao Zou, formally Lanamente, sight unseen, in November of 2015, from JRA member John Liddard, specifically for the Jester Challenges, based on the reputation of the Kingfisher series of junk-rigged yachts. I have not been disappointed. Between December 2015 and March 2016, I prepared her for the May 15 start of the Jester Azores Challenge. From the 1st April through the 10th May, my wife, Nancy, and I sea trialed her from Southampton to the Helford river and back to Plymouth for the start. Some annoying leaks, when the boat was driven hard to windward in winds of F4 and above, were all that showed up.
One of the first boats across the start line, I was quickly overtaken by most of the fleet as I settled into a slog to windward. Within three days, fully half of the 24 starters had abandoned the Challenge due to deplorable weather. Tao Zou and I plodded on with the expectation that things would improve … they did not! The little boat took everything that was thrown at her and just kept on going. The seas were horrendous at times and many completely washed over her, but she would shake herself off and get going again. I arrived in Praia on 4th June as the sixth to finish, under the bottom four panels of sail, having lost the top three in the four full gales we encountered en route. Four other Challengers followed me in, one of which was the Challenge’s inspiration: Jester skippered by Trevor Leek.
I hauled Tao Zou out on the third day in Praia, to check her over and try to seal the hull to deck join, which let in an annoying amount of water, keeping the cabin sole forever wet. I never once feared for my safety or was anxious about Tao Zou’s integrity, because she is so confidence inspiring. All I can say is that the junk-rigged Kingfisher 26 is one hell of a tough little boat.
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