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.  

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.

Featured Boat

December 2021 - Florence Louisa

by David and Jacky Brown

My wife and I bought our Virgo Voyager Florence Louisa in 2006.  She was in a poor state and needed a considerable refit. We had her transported to Holy Loch Marina, across the River Clyde from Greenock where we set about the task of making her fit to cruise the Clyde cruising area.

We cleaned the hull, applied antifouling and upgraded the interior, and by the start of the 2007 sailing season we were able to start our cruising.

The Virgo Voyager was, at that time, Newbridge's largest boat. Their more famous offering was the small but capable Corribee,  but the Virgo had standing headroom, in only a 23 foot length overall, a bit of a Tardis inside.

Newbridge were one of only 2 boat builders to offer their customers a Chinese lug sail as an option, the other builder being Westfield Engineering (Kingfisher fame), and Florence Louisa was built with a Junk rig for the first owner, based in Lymington.

Having owned a Kingfisher 22 with the Hasler rig, sailing FL was easy and the extra space and standing headroom very welcome. Both of these have twin keels.  

Over the following 8 years we made several modifications to her, and here is a list of them:

  • Stainless steel arch taking the sheet above head height. Also supporting a wind generator
  • New cockpit canopy
  • Hatch garage with integrated instruments protected by the canopy
  • Windows replaced
  • Deck tread replaced with Interdeck paint
  • Blown air heating (Eberspacher) to cabin
  • Replacement 2 burner stove and grill
  • Replacement headlining throughout, and clothing shelf up forward
  • Insulation to cabin sides.

Some of these replacements were done at Glasson Dock near Lancaster, after sailing down through the Irish Sea.

However, generally she has sailed exclusively in Scottish waters. Our cruising has included trips to Rathlin Island, Sound of Mull via the Crinan Canal, and sailing to the top of every Loch in the Clyde Cruising area.

She is berthed in Portavadie Marina in lower Loch Fyne, and has been for the past 10 years.

Weather permitting, we are able, to sail at any state of the tide. Tidal streams are not strong except in just a few places, and easily avoided.

The Sound of Jura and passages north to Oban are another matter entirely, but FL has never let us down, even in a gale (very uncomfortable of course, but safe).

Our last cruise took us through the Crinan for the second time and we sailed as far as Drumbuie in Loch Sunart, visited by a small pod of Dolphins as we sailed up the Sound of Mull. We have had similar visits by groups of porpoise but they are usually a little shy and keep their distance.

So, all in all, this Virgo Voyager has served us well and despite being 43 years old still has some more years left in her. Perhaps we might take her to the East Coast where there are a few more Virgo Voyagers cruising the East Coast rivers. They have an annual rally, pandemic permitting, but that is perhaps for another year.

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.
  • 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.

  • Click on these images to see visual models of junk rigs and their rigging

  • 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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