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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.
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.
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.
May 2016 - Robert and Maren Prince's Blondie
In November 2014 we purchased a 6.6 metre yacht, with a generous beam of 2.4 metres and 1.1 metres of draft. She is a planked boat built in the early 1930’s to a Jorgenson/Hand design.
She came with a Bermudian rig with a large jib on a bowsprit, but we believe she had a gaff rig in the past. Details of the boat’s history are sketchy, but we reasoned if she is still going after all those years she must be well built and must be able to perform under sail with the ability to get herself out of trouble.
Since we live in McLeod Bay in the Whangarei Harbour – the junk rig capital of New Zealand - and given the Hasler McLeod connection we called her Blondie. She is the smallest boat moored in the Bay. After a summer sailing with the Bermudian rig in April 2015 we completed the conversion to junk rig in 2 months following Arne’s chapters very closely. Initially we were not keen on making our own sail, but with Annie’s enthusiasm and Arne’s method we did it. Once you get your head around it, the whole process is quite good fun and we would have no hesitation about doing it again. Annie was a tower of strength on the sewing machine and we thank her for all her efforts.
The sail material used was Odyssey 3. After assembling the sail, battens and boom on the lawn we loaded the bundle and the yard on to Blondie at the McLeod Bay wharf. We attempted to rig the boat there and later finished it at anchor. This is not a process I would recommend on such a small boat. The green antifouling came off the sail after a few months!
Sailing trials commenced until we were happy to head off out of the harbour and explore the Northland Coast of New Zealand up to the Bay of Islands. In the first 3 months of 2016 we have been out on the boat for 25 days and have enjoyed excellent sailing and living on a small boat so close to nature. Although Blondie has very little freeboard she is a remarkably dry boat. Her beam and flared bow may help keep her dry. She is a delight to sail and being a small boat everything is easily handled from the cockpit with a minimum of effort.
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