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

February 2021 Annie by Pol Bergius

Photos courtesy David Tyler and Chris Perring.

Built in 1985, Annie was the first 6 ton, 29' Cornish Crabbers 'Cornish Pilot'. My parents bought her from her designer Roger Dongray in '87, and she cruised the west of Scotland til 2017, under her gaff rig. She has a centreboard in her long keel, is a really handy boat and often, we feel, the prettiest in the anchorage.

With help from Arne Kverneland, David Tyler and others, I completed her conversion to JR in 2018. This meant moving the mast nearly 4 ft (1.2m), and stepping it slap in the middle of the heads compartment.  Question: which is more important, a 'comfortable seat' or a boat that all hands can sail with joy and confidence? Incidentally, we retained the comfy seat, it’s just not quite as accessible as it used to be.

Some MAS epoxy and marine ply made the structural work of mast partners and step relatively easy, with a few near all-nighters to get it done. The best bit was clearing the deck of all the tracks and fittings of the gaff rig. We built her solid mast in my timber yard, of laminated locally-grown Douglas fir, finished with epoxy and Jotun's superb paints.

With Arne's encouragement we made the 550 sq ft (52 sq m) cambered sail. The gaff rig with tiny topsail was about 600 square feet, but the “smaller” JR seems to give her more power. 5.9m battens and yard are in aluminium tube with Douglas fir plugs in the ends to make them look and feel nice.

My trial sail was a perfect summers day in Crinan Loch. Having eased the sheet, I hoisted sail and she was off, close reaching on her own like an arrow. I just could not believe it!  The mast was in the right place after all, and the rig appeared to be perfectly balanced. Heading back in later on, I gradually reduced sail. She only started slowing down when 3 panels remained. Power with ease.

I had worried about the JR's ability to heave to. Experimenting, with 2 panels set in a F5, luffing and falling off, she made about 1 ½  knots.   OK, she’s not stopped as she would be with the gaff rig, but - in open water -  if she did tack herself she would do no harm, unless there was a big production underway in the galley at the time!

This boat is transformed!! Space on deck, no clutter. The great spread of her single lug sail is a delight, even with the odd home-made wrinkle. I'm a life-long gaffer, but the nervousness about handling her (quite modest) rig short-handed in bad weather has vanished with the JR. Changing up a gear or down three gears was a chore, or worse. A jib that refused to roll up, the clatter of its sheet blocks on deck. All hardships of the past! We love sailing more than ever. Give us a F6 right aft, with tide and wind in opposition. Hateful conditions with more or less any other rig. But now, with no booming out headsails, no preventer, she guzzles the miles and we just grin at the ease of it all.

Note: Pol informs us that Annie, this handsome little vessel is now for sale.

“… Annie is looking for a new home as we have recently agreed the purchase of the Benford 34 Constance from John Greetham.”

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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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