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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?

We were formed in the UK, and although our 'office' address and banking remains in the UKMembership distribution 14/07/2015 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
October 2015 – David and Rosemary Webb’s Arcadian

Arcadian is a Cara 49, built in Sweden in 1986 for the level rating 50 ft. class. As Spirit of the Deep she crossed the Atlantic in the first ARC race, winning her class, and then cruised, chartered and raced in the Caribbean for ten years, before arriving in New Zealand in 2000.

Revisiting New Zealand in 2001, David decided to buy Spirit of the Deep. He had her moved to Whangarei and had the necessary work done to bring her up to survey, together with interior modifications. David had moved to New Zealand in November 2002 and bought a property in Whangarei – he also met Rosemary, who was later to become his wife. They took delivery of Spirit in November 2002, in time to charter for the Americas Cup.  In 2007 they decided to live aboard, but Spirit needed a lot of work to meet their needs.

One requirement was to make the boat easier to handle, so David designed a junk schooner rig and a new shallower keel. The reverse counter stern was removed and the hull extended to a new vertical transom. The existing cockpits and bridge deck were replaced with a new cockpit extending all the way to the stern, with a transom gate to a new stern boarding platform. The interior was modified, creating a workshop in the bow, a rebuilt forward head, extended seating and a reconfigured main saloon with a wood burning stove. The two aft cabins were converted to a master stateroom, with a head to port and a pantry/galley extension to starboard. After 3 years work, and having fitted a new deckhouse, masts, keel and rudders Spirit was renamed Arcadian.

David says:
After her launch we lived aboard in the Town Basin while sorting out the new rig. We met Kurt Ulmer of Mehitabel, who introduced us to the Junk Rig Association. We lived aboard very comfortably and became quite involved with the Junk Rig Association. Our first trip away from Whangarei Harbour was for the Junk Rig meet in Mahurangi in 2012. We had a glorious sail down in company with Pacific Spray and Mehitabel, met a lot of new junkies and Arcadian started her duties as party boat for the Whangarei area junk rig meets.

We have cruised between the Hauraki Gulf and Whangaruru on the East Coast of New Zealand for the last three years, but health issues have forced us to move back ashore and put Arcadian back on the market. We are planning on building a smaller, trailerable boat that will meet our present needs more closely, junk rigged of course!

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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