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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.

Where are we based?

pie chart 18 03 2015We 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

 
May 2015 - Anthony Swanston's Wild Fox

This month we feature Anthony Swanston's boat, Wild Fox , a Jay Benford design made famous by Annie Hill who has written and blogged extensively about the voyaging that she and Pete Hill did in Badger, their boat of this design. In fact the design has taken on the name of their boat and boats of this design are now known as "Jay Benford Badgers".

Wild Fox

Anthony writes:

Wild Fox was designed by Jay Benford and built in 2007, by a grumpy old Pole in Gdansk. She is 37 feet 7 inches on deck and displaces about eight tons in cruising trim. I left Northern Ireland in 2009 and am presently in Brisbane, Australia having logged about 30,000 nautical miles around the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal and then across the Pacific.

All in all the boat has performed well and has suited me greatly as a single hander. With only one sleeping cabin there is no wasted space and the raised decks give a wide and airy feel to the boat down below. Altogether a great boat to live on. I began to write an article about my battens but when it started to make War and Peace look like a short story I dropped the project.

I used to have cambered sails but I couldn't live with the Hong Kong parrels. I am now back to flat sails and aluminum battens with timber inserts at the luff. As I said, it's a long story and this is batten version five in seven years.

Having sailed for more than 50 years I was not expecting too many surprises when I set off.  But the one thing I totally underestimated was the wear and tear on a live-aboard boat, particularly on my varnish work in the tropics.  I have far too much varnish.  I keep telling myself that my next boat will be ferro-cement with pebble-dashed topsides and railway line as a rubbing strake ...

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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