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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

August 2015 – Kevin McNeill’s Kuai Le

This month we feature a small junk inspired by a combination of traditional Chinese and North American boatbuilding - Kevin McNeill's Kuai Le.

A son of Lancashire, UK, Kevin McNeill is an ex-Naval Officer, aspiring boat designer, and sailor “well past his prime” now resident in Canada.  An alumnus of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, he has designed and built several boats, often inspired by the vision of Phil Bolger. This is particularly true of one of his most recent -  Kuai Le - a design which was also informed by the ideas of Jim Michalak and Dmitri Leforestier.

Kevin says:
“Kuai Le means ‘joy’ in Mandarin.  I got the name from a Yoyo Ma Christmas melody.   She is 20’0” LOA, 6'6" beam, 9" draught with water ballast tanks full." 

The final concept drawing, after many iterations, is shown left. The sheer line, inspired by Dmitri Leforestier’s Jonques de Plaisance, was designed to give that junk like look. Kevin also added false davits to get the attachments for the mizzen sheets well aft. The end result is a boat that's 20 feet LOA but only 12.5 feet LWL with a cockpit 7.5' long with a 6.5' foot cuddy with just under 4' headroom at the center line. She’s big enough to carry four adults for day sailing and two for over night. The cabin top is open, “a la Bolger and Michalak”, all the way to the main mast and is canted to the gunnels which increases visibility forward.

With the designed waterline the displacement is just under 2600 lbs. Of that 500 lbs is water ballast, 200ish lbs is Kevin, the hull is 750lbs, rudder and dagger board 50lbs, masts, spars and sails 80 lbs leaving just over a 1000 lbs for gear, passengers etc.

Afloat she looked like this.  Kevin says she sails well but is very sensitive to weight distribution. This is a result of the Bolger penchant for the curve of the bottom matching the curve of the sides.  She resides during the summer at Kevin’s mooring in Ladysmith BC, from which one can sail the Gulf Islands.

The full story of Kuai Le’s design and build can be found at Duckworks For more information on Kevin’s designs see the KMN Designs web site.

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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