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.  

About the Junk Rig

The 3D model below and video give a little information about how the junk rig works, and about what many consider to be its greatest advantage - the ability to reef quickly and efficiently without, in most instances, leaving the safety of the cockpit or purchasing the expensive kit that bermudan rig boats use to achieve the same result.  Further models, a glossary of Junk Rig terms and a larger version of the video can be found under Junk Information - About the Junk Rig.

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

July 2021 - China Moon by Simon Fraser

China Moon had been built in Port Owen, South Africa by Pete and Annie Hill, then Pete had sailed her mainly in the Southern Atlantic, the coast of Brazil, and into the Southern Ocean for an epic voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, before adding a very welcome cockpit cuddy.

When I bought her she was in Baltimore MD, but I managed to see her and have a test sail with Pete. We struck a deal that involved Pete in the delivery to Tasmania, which was another epic, the first leg by Pete solo, where some damage was sustained to one rudder. I joined in Jacare, Brazil for the tea clipper trek across the southern ocean in the roaring forties to Tasmania in 72 days, with more damage to a rudder, a few battens and a boom.

She has spent the time since in Tasmanian waters, and lies to a swinging mooring in the Tamar River, where she can be dried out on the shore on the tide for maintenance.

Cruising in Tasmania is a mainly summer activity, and there are marvellous destinations, from the Furneaux group around Flinders Island to the North East, the Hunter Group and King Island to the North West, and in the south the relative peace of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel around Bruny Island, down to Recherche Bay, and then the often wild and hairy South and West Coasts, but with shelter in the magnificent remote natural western harbours of Port Davey and Maquarie Harbour, where weeks can be whiled away.

She is a supremely comfortable vessel to live in, the sails are easy to manage, and will relish a stiff breeze. Nothing complicated in true junk rig style

JRA members who wish to visit Tasmania and come on a cruise in China Moon should form an orderly queue!

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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