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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


June 2015 - Shemaya Laurel's Auklet

This month we feature another Reddish-rigged junk - Shemaya Laurel's Auklet, a 20' Bolger Glasshouse.


Shemaya writes:
Auklet is a Bolger designed Glasshouse Chebacco. There are several variations on the Chebacco design, and this one has a long, shallow, ballasted keel instead of a centerboard.  Loaded the way it was intended, the draft would be about 18 inches – it’s more by the time I’ve put several months’ worth of gear and supplies on board (we’ve now raised the waterline twice). The boat is roughly 20 feet long, and perfect for single-handed coastal cruising.  Even well-stocked she’ll make about 5½ knots in a good wind, and has taken me quite nicely between the Connecticut River and downeast Maine (USA).

The junk rig is new this past year; sea trials began in mid-September, 2014, and went on for about a month before the New England fall chill really set in.  I’m looking forward to more extensive sailing with the new rig when the weather warms up again in the spring.

We didn’t make a lot of adjustments for the junk conversion – the masts are in their original positions, with just some forward rake for the mainmast.  We did add about 35 square feet of additional sail area more than the original design; this helps in getting about primarily under sail, with a small electric outboard as an auxiliary.  If all goes well, in another year or so we’ll see Nova Scotia up close, and one day I’d like to get as far as Newfoundland, and …

As for myself, I live in the northeast of USA, part of the time on the boat.  Previously, there were jobs, and some health issues; now, I’ve finally reached an age where saying I’m “retired” almost makes sense.

For more on the boat and our travels, see www.sailingauklet.com

Our Boat of the Month Archive is here.

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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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