Welcome to the Junk Rig Association (JRA)


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New to this site, or to Junk Rig?? - scroll down to the "Get Started" section below for lots of resources

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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.  

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

October 2021 - Emmelène

by Chris Boxer

Inspired by Richard’s blog about his Newbridge Coromandel, Tammy Norie, I bought Emmelène in 2016 and she has proved to be an excellent sea boat.
I have spent many happy weeks working on her, and every summer living aboard and cruising, initially on the south coast of the UK, and then further afield, including a summer voyage to northern Holland, in the excellent company of the aforementioned Richard.

The main alteration I undertook, greatly helped by my late father, who was a wonderful carpenter, was extending the mast (which had been mysteriously shortened by a previous owner).

I also built a 
Hebridean wind-vane from a kit, which I thoroughly recommend. 

An essential item for single-handing.

Again, I simply copied my sister-ship, Tammy Norie!

JRA member Edward kindly provided me with a former sail from his boat, Amiina, and it has the split-junk style.

I find this new sail fundamentally superior to the original (so-called “hi-power”) rig, both in terms of sheer increased size, and windward pointing ability. 

Naturally, it retains all the ease of use of the simpler-looking junk sails.  I am delighted with this modification.

Even in light airs, Emmelène almost always has steerage way.

The Newbridge Coromandel is an excellent boat to live aboard, for a single hander or a cosy couple. 

I have spent every summer aboard, since 2016, and have always marvelled at the comfort of the cabin, in which I can easily cook, sleep and read.

The bilge keels make these boats ideal for coastal work, and landing on the beach is easy:

Sadly, my dad passed away last year, and that’s why Emmelène is now officially for sale. 

However, I am looking forward to sailing her from her current berth in north Holland, this summer (2021).

Who knows, perhaps I will work out a way to keep her, for she is in perfect sea-going condition and a divine little ship! 

Chris has modestly not directly mentioned his blog, which may be found at 

This describes how he and his dad refitted Emmelène, how he built his self-steering gear, and some of Emmelène’s voyages.

Beautifully written and presented, thoughtful, detailed: visiting this site highly recommended.

Highly recommended also is a video made by Richard, entitled Tammy, Emmelène, and Amiina, a record of the three similar-size boats cruising in company, which may be found at https://youtu.be/wFQZAxJpfS8 – or by going to the Tammy Norie YouTube channel – and do also look at some of Richard’s junk rig videos!

Our Boat of the Month Archive is here.
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.
  • 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.

  • Click on these images to see visual models of junk rigs and their rigging

  • 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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