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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

May 2021  Bugsy by Alex Holds

A friend alerted me to a Farr 5000 which was lying unloved in a boatyard near him.
A brief inspection, some haggling and she was mine.

I towed her home, 450 kms north from Perth Western Australia to Greenough, and work started at a fairly easy pace.

The boat had obviously had a hard life followed by almost 10 years of total neglect.

I decided to use a scaled down Pilmer rig from PJR, taking out one of the lower panels and adding a third triangular one as this would allow me to cut the panels from the width of cloth I was able to buy.

They only had green and it was on special, so green it is.
I purchased about 30% more than I needed, marked out and cut the panels and had a local upholsterer sew it for me.

I had them join the panels and attach the batten pockets as shown in Arne’s instructions, sew a 3mm rope around the whole sail, and then I hand sewed an 8mm boltrope to that, as also shown in Arne’s articles.

Thank you Arne I definitely couldn’t have done it without you.

Being a beginner, I had decided to go for a flat sail.

However, I made the batten pockets oversize for my 20 mm battens, which may have unwittingly given me some camber. The sail is about 14 square meters, similar to the original rig.

As good timber is very hard to get here, I decided to use aluminium tube for the mast, readily available from a local supplier and relatively cheap.
I extended a 6000 x 100 x 3.25mm tube with part of a 80 x 3mm tube, (using the off cut for my yard).

To fill the gap between the 100mm and the 80mm tubes I cut two pieces of 80mm tube, split and stretched them and glued and glassed them to the extension, then glued and glassed the 1200mm extension inside the main mast section with a 400mm bury and faired the join, making a 6800mm mast.

I put a wooden plug in the top and drilled eyebolts through to support the various attachments.
The boat was built with a very small hatch 400 mm in front of the mast step. This and the internal furniture forced me to place the mast in that position.

So, studiously avoiding all formulae, that is where the partners are. The bury is 1200mm. I was a bit concerned the mast may not be far enough forward, and gave it some forward rake to compensate.

After a couple of unsuccessful attempts at stepping the mast, it dawned on me to use the original as a crane, as all the chainplates are still in place. This works brilliantly.

The running rigging is similar to Pilmer with triple sheet spans connected to a 3 part mainsheet working off the original traveller, now mounted on a horse mounted above the transom at about cabin height.

To control the luff I have the same luff hauling parrel and a fixed tack parrel and a tack line to hold the sail forward. The topping lift is in 2 pieces and runs through pulleys at the masthead on a single tail.

The main halyard is a single purchase led back to a small capstan winch. All the controls are easily accessed from the cockpit.

So now the launching. In a light breeze I sailed around the marina and she tacked and jibed beautifully and effortlessly.

A couple of weeks later I sailed again in 15+ knots of wind outside the marina and she handled the full rig very well and seemed to tack through about 90 degrees, which is good enough for me.

She did 4.5 knots on the wind and up to 6 knots reaching, with the rig not set up very well, and light to firm weather helm.​

Bugsy is home again, while I complete more work, now that I know she’s a goer.

Why Bugsy you ask?

After first inspecting her, crawling around the inside strewn with sails, rotting bits and pieces and dirt I came up with a multitude of bites and rashes which can only have been some sort of bug, or mites.

Hey, I could have called her Mighty!

 Our Boat of the Month Archive is here.
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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.
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Converting your boat to junk rig is the best thing you can do to improve her safety and efficiency!


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