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.  

About the Junk Rig

The 3D model below and video give a little information about how the junk rig works, and about what many consider to be its greatest advantage - the ability to reef quickly and efficiently without, in most instances, leaving the safety of the cockpit or purchasing the expensive kit that bermudan rig boats use to achieve the same result.  Further models, a glossary of Junk Rig terms and a larger version of the video can be found under Junk Information - About the Junk Rig.

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.

Featured Boat

August 2020    Applecross 

by Martin Roberts

Applecross was hand-built in Arnside, her name a reminder of the builder's honeymoon.  An almost textbook example of a Phil Bolger “Micro”, her original rig was a yawl, using two leg-o’mutton sails.  She always sailed well, but reefing was a weak point with the already low boom descending to head-removing heights.

I’d read several books in the library about different rigs before coming across Practical Junk Rig.  I was smitten: I had a solid boat that could be transformed and Bolger had even drawn his version of the rig for an articles.  I’d exchanged letters with the great man and now set about creating a junk rig by stepping the mainmast further into the hull.  To get the most out of her 15’6” length, Phil had put the mainmast right in the bows, with a small mizzen on the stern rail, offset to starboard to accommodate the engine.  Although small, the boat has two 6’6” bunks, built-in buoyancy, and a cockpit. All the modifications made for junk rig, were designed to be reversible, but it was unnecessary, because she sails well.  The extra panel I added gave me light air performance benefits over her original rig.

One of the most amazing things about the Micro is how easy she is to balance.  I got so used to sailing without holding the tiller, that when sailing on other boats, I kept letting go!  Her party trick of being able to tack simply by my moving gently around the deck still makes me smile.  Nor does she heel, when you stand on one side, although I’ve heard if she goes right over on her side, she will stay like that for a while.  I haven’t experimented!  The small mizzen allows you to adjust course by tightening or loosening the sheet.

Her new, blue sail was a £12 builders’ tarpaulin.  I protected it with a canvas cover: with hindsight I should have just made the sail out of the canvas.  Making the sail to Hasler’s design took a few weeks.  I used wooden battens that ended up being too bendy, which I rectified by adding bundles of garden canes, using cable ties, which allowed me to put the flexibility where I wanted it. The sail is completely flat, but the light 'sail-cloth' allowed for some billowing and the twist of the sail always looked amazing.  Of course, reefing was now simple, and the trips to Bradwell for the JRA rallies were a highlight.

For the last few seasons, Applecross has been stored ashore, while I sail a Wharram cat, but I still hanker for the safe feeling of instantaneous reefing and the way she sailed.

Applecross looks strange with her slab sides and her mongrel rig, but the design is still up there with the best.  Phil Bolger’s death was a great loss to the sailing community.

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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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