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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.
November 2015 – Arne Kverneland's Frøken SørensenFrøken Sørensen
is a 6.5m 1987 Greif 650 ‘Jollenkreuzer’ converted by Arne during
spring, 2013 from a 15sqm Bermudan to a 20sqm Junk rig. Arne’s initial
sail drawing (left) shows that although he increased the sail area by
33%, the mast is considerably shorter than the original (whose top is
shown at the tip of the yard). After stretching along the battens to
reduce wrinkles, the 9% camber was reduced to 8% - vertical camber
between the battens was better.
22 x 2mm battens are on the light side and some upward bending
occurred. Slackening the Hong Kong parrels and installing a throat
hauling parrel acting on the yard and batten 2 allows a light tug on the
THP to remove the diagonal creases in each panel.
Performance is g
ood in all wind strengths. She is livelier than the heavily ballasted Johanna
and Arne has to remind himself of FS
ballast ratio (zero), but she has enough stability, based on her wide
beam and flat bottom, to carry her sail. She is quite stiff until her
max righting angle at 25º but from then it deteriorates. An
easily-reefed JR is just the thing, so Arne has always preferred to
over-rig his boats - the first panel is reefed at around F3/F4. Arne has
also recently fitted a fan-up preventer (described
on his page on the JRA site and in the most recent issue of the JRA magazine).
an effective centreboard she points well, tacking mostly just outside
90º. The rudder is huge with a fine, streamlined section and has plenty
of grip. FS
is not directionally stable - she will turn quickly and sharply if the tiller is let go. A tiller brake, in the style of Broremann
but with stronger bungees. allows her to steer herself for a while, providing a steady hand while Arne attends to the sail.
The little centre-boarder has further lowered Arne’s threshold for going
sailing. The sail is so easy to hoist and lower that he do not think
twice about doing so several times a day. The same is true of the sheet
and two running parrels (THP and YHP). The 2.3hp outboard at only 14kg
is easily swung up and down with one hand. It starts first pull and is
more than powerful enough. Fuel consumption is low - 'measured in
teacups'. Arne says the consumption of coffee and tea on board has
certainly been many times higher.
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