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

November 2020 Nicos

by Andre Fawkes

It was like this: the phone rang and the magic started. 

Inga was on the other end and just said excitedly, ‘We have a boat’! 

I was thinking a dinghy: we are fanatical kite surfers, so something to sail when it’s not that windy is always appealing.  But no way! 

Inga had got us a proper sailing boat!!

And that was the start.


Nicos is a Newbridge Virgo Voyager, who was lying in need of much love and time spent on her, at Mariners Boatyard in Kent, when Inga had rescued her. 

With a length of 7m and beam of 2.55m, there is ample space below deck: owners of bigger boats would be envious of 1.82m head room.

She has bilge keels and the most important feature; a junk rig.

We fell in love with this quirky little boat straight away. 

She was built in 1987, with this rig as the original option. 

The mast is an alloy tapered mast made by Proctor, and the junk sail we believe is quite unusual.  It is designed by Bob Burns and Alan Boswell and is called a roamer rig.  There is no yard at the top of the sail, and Bob Burns used this rig on his ‘Ebbtide’, Roamer, about which we have found articles about in Practical Boat Owner magazine.  [Editor: there are also articles about Roamer in JRA Magazines.]  The sail is made by a company called Crusader in Poole.

Possibly some may not call this a pure junk rig, but it is unusual, quirky and we love the way it sails. 

It’s easy to reef, seems to handle quite a lot of wind and points nicely to windward. 

I would say Nicos is quite predictable to sail and easy to tack, and seems to fly down wind with the sheets let out. 

She can be sailed hard over in good wind, or at a sedate pace.  With the low hull and twin keels, there is lots of room so overnight stays are easy.  We are still learning about her every time we take her out. 

Although never having sailed any other junk rigged boat, we have nothing to compare her to, I can see why people who have this kind of rig love them, it’s a joy to sail.

I have to say, with no prior knowledge about the sail and rig, it was a learning curve. 

We had several attempts at rigging her and I made the mistake of only placing a single block and tackle at the top of the mast. 

I soon regretted this when it came to lifting the sail on our maiden voyage from Kent to Southend. We have now replaced this with two double blocks and the hauling up the sail is now easy. 

I would say the rest of the rigging is very typical of other junks. And, yes, you can sail Nicos from the cockpit, single handed, but it is so much more fun to sail with great company. 

I can say Nicos makes us smile, and now, after much love and attention from Inga and myself, she has a new lease of life and is like a new boat again. 

I will be forever grateful and happy that I received that phone call from my crazy spontaneous friend, to say ‘We have a boat’!

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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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