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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.
September 2015 – John and Suzy Lee Cornicelli’s Persephone
This month's BOTM is something a little larger and perhaps more conventional - John and Suzy Lee Cornicelli's 42' Colvin Gazelle, Persephone.
Persephone is a
modified, Tom Colvin-designed "Gazelle", pilothouse junk schooner. Her
steel hull was built in St Augustine, Florida, but we found her in
Galveston needing complete refit and re-rigging. After two years of
patient advice from JRA members, and from local steel boat captains, we
were sailing. Our experimental auxiliary is an 11-kilowatt electric
motor mated to a controllable-pitch propeller, salvaged from an Sabb
diesel.Unable to decide on a name, we gave the job to my 10-year-old daughter Catherine. With a committee of friends, she examined a library of Greek mythology, Harry Potter and Patrick O'Brian. Greek mythology won, thank god: I couldn't bear radioing Hermione Granger to the Coast Guard.
I grew up sailing small boats and working riverboats; Suzy (left) is from Florida, so we’re both attracted to water and although we’re new to schooners, Persephone has been patient with us. We sail the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay, with challenging tides, currents, radical depth changes and fluky winds, but we enjoy teaching the kids boat handling, navigation, and seamanship, supervised by our morale officer, Sally the Wonder Puppy (left). Handing a 50' schooner's helm to Valerie (age 9), while we make coffee, is pretty easy with junk rig, although an unplanned jibe can turn into Horatio Hornblower wearing ship. She is very a forgiving vessel: tacking or wearing are single-handed jobs, and repairs under sail are easy. Learning to balance our schooner has been most rewarding and Persephone tells us when she's happy. We've run aground only twice: on her maiden voyage and in front of George Washington’s house, god help us.
One day we will do long distance cruising, but for now the voyaging world comes to us: after the motor boaters go home on Sunday, leaving us alone with our little bays and rivers, they’re replaced by yachts passing through during the hurricane season, sailing from Europe to the Caribbean and back. We get the chance to visit boats and share recipes and wine.
Our Boat of the Month Archive is here.