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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

December 2017 - David Webb's Gypsy Rose

Something of a departure this month - instead of a completed boat, a project - David Webb's Gypsy Rose. David writes:

When I first saw Gypsy Rose she was lying in Norsand boatyard in Whangarei The hull and cabin were basically complete but unpainted, she had about a foot of water in the bilges and was in a fairly sad condition. The fiberglass hull coating had weathered quite badly and there was delamination and rot in the foredeck. I debated whether to buy her, or not, as I had several other projects on the go at the time. After about six months of debating I finally decided to buy her. We repaired her trailer and towed her the 90 kilometers home and stored her in the shed to await the completion of other projects.

I allow John, our neighbour, to use my shed/workshop when I do not require it for projects. He has recently retired and was looking for a project to work on. He has ended up doing much of the work on the boat and has done a very creditable job on her. We originally envisaged doing the boat up, putting an outboard on her and selling her as a runabout motor cruiser, however she has turned out so well that I am thinking of keeping her and completing her as a trailerable junk rigged sailboat.

I have not settled on a rig as yet, debating between and Aerojunk similar to Little Gypsy Girl, a split junk or an Arnie type cambered sail. The boat has quite a fine bow so the mast position further aft favours the Aerojunk or split junk rig. I could move the drop keel further aft and this could allow the cambered sail mast position to work out OK.

The next items on the work agenda are the drop keel and rudders (I will be installing twin rudders so that the outboard can be attached directly to the transom). The forehatch and interior also need to be finished, mostly the squabs for the bunks and completing the galley. She will have very simple electrics and plumbing.

I am hoping to get her completed before the end of this sailing season in April. Hopefully there will be a New Zealand Junket around that time so that her first sail will be in company with other junks. It will also give me a deadline to work to!!

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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