Welcome to the Junk Rig Association (JRA)


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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.  

Members' photo gallery - hover mouse over image to pause slideshow

Junk Rig Glossary

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.

Where are we based?

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.

Boat of the Month

October 2017 - Linda Crew-Gee's Francis H

Francis H was built to a Francis Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14 design (with the addition of a cabin) by shipwright Collin Reid at Kerikeri and was launched in 1974. Solidly built of carvel planked kauri, copper fastened to tanakaha ribs, kauri frames and floors. The external ballast keel is of lead. Linda fell in love with her beautiful lines from a picture and bought her there and then. When she floated, for the first time in many years, she was as dry as a bone, except during the first night when Linda visited her every 3 hours to take out a bucketful of water from her bilges.

Linda decided, with the help of Pete Hill, to convert her to aero junk. After looking at the hull structure and checking various measurements and calculations Pete concluded that the mast could stay where it was, and Linda was thrilled to learn that the boat could have the same rig as Oryx, which she found simple and efficient, and Pete volunteered to design the rig.

After few months of relentless hard work, aided by JRA members in New Zealand Francis H was ready for its junk rig launch. The mast was stepped and the sails raised on 21 May 2017. Pete put much of hard work in the last 3 months designing her rig, building the top mast, aero junk rigging and just about everything that goes with it. The moment she took off (literally) from the pontoon they both felt like two kids taken for a first dinghy ride, enjoying sailing in company with Freebie and Gipsy Girl at Stillwater. They had only one sunny afternoon to sail her before packing her off for the winter and sailing off to Polynesia, but will be back to sail her extensively next season.

Pete said:

The winds were light but sufficient to see how the rig worked. You would expect a Francis Herreshoff design to sail well and Francis with her new rig performed even better than expected. The rig was almost perfectly balanced with just a touch of weather helm and steering was fingertip light. She seemed fast in the light winds, pointed high and tacked on a sixpence. There were a lot of big smiles all round on that day. Much more testing will need to be done in varying conditions to evaluate the rig properly.”

Our Boat of the Month Archive is here.

Get Started

Via this page you can, even as a non-member, access many of our resources and explore our services.

To get full access you'll need to become a member - click JOIN US in the menu on the left.

Some of the things you can do even before you join include:
  • Download Ash Woods'  easy-to read Beginners' Tour [pdf, 108 Kb]. Ash wrote this for us while he was still a 'newbie'. Thanks, Ash.
  • Watch a YouTube presentation created as a junk intro for yacht clubs, odownload as a pdf [7 Mb].
  • Download Arne Kverneland's pdf [987 Kb] 'Junk Rig for Beginners' in English or French. Arne has put much thought and energy into developing cambered panel rigs. This article - one of many which you can find here - goes back to basics. It's a great read before you tackle something just as essential - Hasler/McLeods' bible Practical Junk Rig.
  • Explore membership benefits in About Us - scroll up until you see the menu on the left.
  • Find out about junks in Junk Information.
  • Browse some of the latest forum posts (right).
  • Check out photographs of members' boats in our own ever-expanding Photo Gallery.

  • Watch these Google videos or see some stills by clicking on the mosaic at the top of this page.
  • Use the search box below to explore the public pages of the site.

So lower your sails (easy in a junk) and Join Us. For how to see the menu on the left). We're great value.

Converting your boat to junk rig is the best thing you can do to improve her safety and efficiency!


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