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.  

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.

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

April 2016 - Iain Grigor’s Solitaire

Solitaire is a Fortune 30, built in Vancouver in the early 'seventies,  heavily constructed in grp.

Rigged as a bermudan cutter, she crossed the Pacific three times in that decade.  The builders' documentation gives her a displacement of 10,300 pounds (3,000 of which is encapsulated lead ballast) and a draught of four feet.  She has a sharp form-stable turn to the bilge and a longish keel.  There is Wagner hydraulic steering to a semi-balanced spade rudder, and an auxiliary rudder on the Hydrovane.  Each can be set to trim the operation of the other.  They can also be linked together via steering lines.  The boat is 30 feet over the deck, 23 feet on the waterline, and ten and a half feet in the beam.

Original working sail area (main, yankee and staysail) was 465 square feet. Original maximum sail area (main and long-foot genoa) was 535 square feet. There is a 25HP Vetus inboard with flexible coupling to a Featherstream propeller.  Forty gallons of fuel can be carried in cockpit wing tanks, and there is space for 70 gallons of drinking-water (or water-ballast) in tanks on top of the keel.

The forepeak contains storage benches, there are two saloon berths and two (full-size) berths aft. The junk rig, dating from September 2015, is about 516 square feet, equal to working sail area plus 10%, as per PJR.  The sail-plan is pretty much a copy of Arne Kverneland's rig on Johanna.  There is (as yet, anyway) no provision to allow the sail to be swung across the mast, to bring inboard the CE.  The hollow wooden mast was made and installed by Dan Johnson, who built the Benford dory, Hestur, and doubled the Atlantic in her.  Chris Scanes made the sail, using the shelf-foot method with 6% camber, reducing at the top.

The boat came ready-equipped with a four-foot bowsprit and an asymmetric chute of about 300 square feet. There is also a 2016 loose-luffed ghosting jib, for impromptu racing in ghosting conditions, etc., which was largely inspired by the experience of Roger Taylor on Ming Ming and Blondie Hasler on Pilmer.

Cloth weight is four ounces and area is 150 square feet.  The jib-downhaul and halyard are (or can be) led back to the cockpit.  The fore-halyard doubles as a topping-lift, for hoisting the boom onto the free-standing gallows.  The summer of 2016 will be her first full summer as a junk sloop, and will be spent on the west coast of Scotland.

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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