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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

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

Mar 2017 Phil Brown's Brenda B

Brenda B is a 19 footer designed by Robert Johnson and built in the '80s by Com-pac, in a line of trailerable boats with a traditional appeal.  At 2000 lbs. with a long very shallow keel, 40% ballast ratio and flattish bottom the boat sails best slightly heeled or upright and feels solid and stable.

The interior is roomy for a nineteen footer. The original rig was masthead sloop. This is Phil's second junk rig conversion. In the 1990's Phil converted an O'Day 23 to a junk rig with a brand new dacron flat junk sail that he somehow found for sale on consignment. He knew the junk rig was what he wanted for the Com-pac. After completing the new sail a move to the coast and an old house to refurbish put the project on hold for a year.  With the boat's conversion finished in July, Phil now sails from his mooring in Stockton Harbor at the head of island studded Penobscot Bay and some of Maine's best sailing waters.

Out of sailing for some years and not aware of all of the progress made in the years since his first junk, Phil found great advice among today's junk sailors while keeping PJR handy.


He eventually went with a 200 sq.ft., 2.15 AR cambered sail scaled from one of Arne Kverneland's master sail plans and sewn with Odyssey III. JRA online resources provided key information and aided confidence throughout.  Brenda B's mast is hybrid from 4½” x 1/8” 6016T6 aluminum, the top section shaped from a spruce pole.  The halyard is 3 part 3/8” sta-set and the yard hauling and throat hauling parrels adjust for a well setting sail.

The new rig performs better than expected. The boat moves very well and tacks through 90 degrees although with the shallow keel better speed and overall progress appears to be made by bearing off by 5 degrees. The helm is very comfortable on all points aided by a new foiled and balanced rudder. Of course sail is easy to reduce or add even for brief periods in changing conditions. The Brenda B has been a joy to sail on many day sails and two short cruises taken before the close of her first sailing season under this fine rig.  

To see just how well Brenda B sails, watch this video.

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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       " ...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in junk-rigged boats" 
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