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Formed in 1979 at the Southampton Boat Show by a group of junk rig enthusiasts, the JRA aims to:
- promote the use of the junk rig through rallies, 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.
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One other thing that we aim to do is get the rig talked about. Former Chairman David Tyler certainly helped with that: the Ocean Cruising Club recently awarded him their Rose Medal "for the most meritorious short handed ...and exceptional voyage on board Tystie. You will have inspired many others, some of whom may well adopt a junk rig."
For a quick look at current thinking and developments, we've a presentation which was created as a talk-along 'slide show' for yacht clubs. It''s a great way to get started learning about junks. Watch it on YouTube (pages turn themselves), or download as a pdf.
Find out about about membership benefits in ABOUT US, left. To begin to appreciate what makes the rig special, see JUNK INFO. Browse a couple of fora below, and check out photographs of members' boats in our Photo Gallery. Study the stunning range of day-sailing, coastal cruising and ocean-going junks in this Google Gallery or these Google videos, then lower your sails (like us, safely, in a flash?) and join us - we're great value.
5th March 2013 - Alan Martienssen and engine-less Benford Dory 34 Zebedee (see the magazine cover above) have just completed their circumnavigation by arriving at Balboa after transiting the Panama Canal using a borrowed outboard. There's more about Zebedee here.