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

September 2017 - Kris Larsen's Kehaar

Kris Larsen built Kehaar in Tasmania, Australia in the 1980s. She is a very basic steel yacht, without engine, electrics or electronics. With limited resources, Kris was attracted to the idea of utter simplicity and a return to the Slocum era of voyaging. The boat has no cockpit, being managed from a circular, central hatch whence the tiller and all sail-handling lines can be reached. For self-steering, Kehaar has a trim tab on the trailing edge of her rudder, controlled by a windvane. The mast is 12in diameter solid Oregon fir, made from a tree Kris purchased from the Tasmanian Forestry Commission and cut down himself. He sewed his first sail from an old truck tarpaulin.

In the early 90s, Kris sailed up the east coast of Australia to Darwin, learning how to get the best out of his rig and boat. After a wet-season in Darwin, refitting and building a new sail, he sailed non-stop to Mauritius, the first of many long, solitary ocean passages, passing his time perfecting celestial navigation, reading and dreaming, totally at peace with the world. From there he sailed to Madagascar, where he spent several years, carrying trading goods from Africa among other escapades, including a visit to fabled Zanzibar.

Once caught in a typhoon off Taiwan, Kehaar was rolled by a monstrous rogue wave – the massive Douglas fir mast survived unbroken. During a trip to Japan Kehaar found herself in freezing 50-knot winds off a lee shore at Kyushu Island. Kris had to keep up enough sail to drive the boat to windward. He wrote: “The Madagascar cotton had rotted away, and panel after panel of our sail blew away as I was pushing the girl through the swell, clawing our way to windward close-hauled. We gained a lot of ground, and after weathering the bottom of Kyushu we ran to the nearest downwind port, in Amami Oshima” [picture, right].

Kehaar eventually sailed NE to Chagos Atoll, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Japan, Vladivostok, Pusan, Sarawak, and the Philippines, where he remained for a number of years. His girlfriend Natalie Uhing accompanied him back to Darwin. Kehaar crossed the Indian Ocean again in 2014. Natalie joined ship in South Africa and together they spent two years cruising South America and the Caribbean. Natalie is now back in Darwin while Kris sails on solo. After more than 30 years and 70,000 miles, still engineless and utterly basic, Kehaar continues to be a reliable voyaging ship.

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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