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.

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


July 2015 - George Revilla's North Atlantic 29 Pake'.

A 70 year old singlehander, George has been sailing Pake'  for almost 20 years in Southern California.

He writes:

My previous boat was a Pheon built Vancouver 27 which I sailed from England.  If I could, I’d live and cruise on a boat full time, but circumstances dictate otherwise.

Launched in 1979, Pake', named by the builder (apparently Hawaiian pidgin for ‘Frugal Chinaman’) was the first North Atlantic 29 built.  Designed by Angus Primrose and Blondie Hasler as a larger version of Jester, she has a full keel and displaces 12,000 lbs and construction is cold-moulded mahogany over laminated oak, all bonded with epoxy.  The boat was covered with polyester and fibreglass to form a female mould from which five GRP boats were subsequently built.   The pramhoods, reels, mast step etc, are all as illustrated in Practical Junk Rig.
Pake' was found completely neglected, the fairing compound cracked and the GRP blistering below the waterline. NA29s were too expensive to build and the builder had neglected her for years.  Birds were nesting in the rotting sails, but underneath all that mess, was a fine boat in excellent condition.  Those rotten sails worked well, locally, for quite some time: a testament to junk rig.  Pake’ is now restored to better than new, both functionally and cosmetically.

The flat sail is 429 sq. ft, but with a decent breeze, Pake' does better than most boats her size and would be good in her intended offshore role.  When the Volvo died, I took the opportunity to install an electric motor, which has been totally reliable and suits me well.

I increasingly appreciate the advantages of junk rig as I grow older.  Small and simple enough to maintain to a high standard, Pake' is easy and comfortable to sail, and to my eyes, a pretty sight when I’m rowing back ashore.

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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