Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMay 24, 2017
in the wind
Ahoy Vancouver Ocean Lovers: 
Here is what's "in the wind"; coming events and items of interest at the Jericho Sailing Centre, Vancouver's Ocean Community Centre, for May 24, 2017 and beyond:
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25th Annual Jericho Iron Classic             This Saturday May 27

Canoes have been launching from this shore now known as Jericho for 3,000 years. The next epic canoe launch of the ages is this Saturday's 25th annual Jericho Iron Classic outrigger canoe race. Six person outrigger canoes will race in 3 heats (Novice/Short Course OC6 - 0930H; Women and Mixed Open OC6 - 1100H; Men and Mixed Masters OC6 - 1300H) with more than 20 boats in the last heat. Great viewing of the starts and finishes from the Jericho Pier.

For more info paddle over to:

Beware the Lions of the Sea                               

During last year's annual Jericho Iron Classic outrigger race a sea lion presided over all of the canoes rounding the turn at the Q62 bell bouy just NW of Point Grey. When Jericho Rescue arrived in advance of the first racers, the sea lion was in the water circling the bell bouy and our crew was surprised at how quickly and easily he was able to pull his blubbery girth onto the navigational marker as seen in this photo. He was keenly & defensively interested in each of the 20 boats as they approached and rounded the bouy, leaving no doubt that this was his territory and he was prepared to defend it if necessary. It wasn't necessary, he was just an additional, well appreciated element of nature in an already exciting race of naturally powered craft; but of course it never occurred to any of the participants to feed him or challenge him for his lofty sea throne position.
Sea Lions are frequently seen off Point Atkinson and Point Grey and are best observed from a safe distance. They are powerful, wild and potentially ferocious animals and must, like all of nature, be respected.
Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series             Thursday  May 25

The Jericho Wavechaser is a 9 race series running every second Thursday from May 11 to Aug 31 off the beaches at the Jericho Sailing Centre.  The races are open to all level of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, and kayak.  This is our 4th season, and we're growing each year!
Courses vary depending on conditions, each race night has a short and a long course.  Race entry is just $5, and for Jericho Sailing Centre members it's free!  Post race nosh and beverages upstairs at The Galley Patio & Grill where racers will receive a 10% discount on race night, catch the sunset from the best patio in the city!

We've got great sponsors providing all kinds of swag and prizes.  We're stoked to have Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres on board to help run the races this year, and check out our sponsor page to see what else we've got in store!  Draw prizes will be awarded after every race.  Top 3 racers in every category will accumulate points (3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd) with a Wavechaser Trophy awarded to the top male and female point getters at the end of the series.

PFD's and leashes are mandatory!  Paddlers racing without these vital pieces of safety gear will get an automatic DQ, no exceptions!  Safety leashes, PFD's, SUP's and wetsuits are all available to rent from the Windsure concession here at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

For more info paddle over to:

Weekly Jericho Racing Series
Tuesday Nite Racing
Every Tuesday evening from now - September 5 
First start 1815H

Sunday Racing 
Every non-regatta Sunday from now - September 17
First start 1230H

For Jericho Racing Sailing Instructions cruise over to:

For a complete event schedule barge over to:

Jericho Classic Regatta                            June 3 & 4
The pinnacle of sailing dinghy racing each year at the Jericho Sailing Centre is the Jericho Classic Regatta which takes place this June 3 & 4 weekend. A longtime fixture on the sailing dinghy regatta circuit in the Pacific Northwest, the Classic draws racers from throughout BC and Washington State. For more info gybe over to

Jericho Beach Shoreline Clean-up                                         May 28

Join us to help cleanup Jericho Beach on Sunday, May 28 from 1300-1500H. Litter is bad for waterways. Cleanups get you outside and into your community while creating positive change and awareness on the trash we produce. 
English Bay Safety Seminar - Next one June 5
The English Bay Safety Seminar was developed for users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to help keep them safe at play on the waters of English Bay. The seminar covers basic water safety fundamentals along with user specific information drawn from the logs of the Jericho Rescue Team who have intervened in thousands of potential "sea disasters" over the past 43 years.
Why make your own mistakes when you can learn from the mistakes of others? Don't challenge Darwin's theory, make sure your water safety knowledge is the fittest it can be. Your survival may well depend upon it. Find the missing links and fill in the gaps in your water safety knowledge by attending a FREE English Bay Safety Seminar June 5 & 19, July 17 or August 14. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

Jericho Folk Club Tuesday Evenings

The Jericho Folk Club presents  
Cosmic Wink  
on May 30

Cosmic Wink is fiddle player Caitlan Read and guitarist Chika Buston, who offer fresh and joyful interpretations
of tunes from several fiddling traditions, including
Celtic, Old-Time, and West Coast. Their debut full-
length album of original tunes was released in 2015.
Their sound is at once whimsical as it is intimate and

For a quick listen go to

You can also listen to more of Cosmic Wink on their bandcamp site

Doors open 7:15 with a Fiddle Tunes Session
Open stage 8ish followed by another session
Feature Act 9ish
Wetsuit Recycling Bin  @ Jericho
Did your smelly old wetsuit shrink over the winter? Are you planning on discarding it for a newer, more fashionable, better fitting model? If so, don't send it to the landfill. Our new Administrative Assistant, avid sailor and determined recyclist, Maya Tatuch has found a place that recycles smelly old wetsuits into smelly new yoga mats. Just drop your old wetsuit into our onsite bin and smile, knowing it will be recycled. For more info on neoprene yoga mats stretch over to:
Join a Jericho Affiliated Club 
One of the best ways to enjoy recreational ocean access on Vancouver's largest playground is to join one of the community based clubs based out of the Jericho Sailing Centre. These low cost, not for profit, volunteer driven organizations provide a wide variety of boat access and training programs for dinghy sailing, paddling, windsurfing, SUP and rowing programs as well as social opportunities. Clubs looking for new crew include:

Discovery Sailing Club -
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club -
Companionway Sailing Club -    

For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to

Register for a Jericho School Program

Flocks of new dinghy sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and rowers will take to ocean this spring through Jericho Sailing Centre's affiliated schools:

2017 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

The 2017 event schedule is on our website Google Calendar at:


May Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be open 0900H-Sunset on weekends, weather permitting.


The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-2100H through May.  


SAFETY is Your Responsibility
On the ocean there are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the ocean always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe ocean experience. 
It is every member's responsibility to know and observe the rules of the road when on or near the water. Here are some key rules which every Jericho member must know and practice.

1. Always wear your P.F.D. on the water.
2. Sail powered craft have the right of way over power craft, paddle and rowing powered craft.
3. All non-commercial vessels shall keep well clear of commercial vessels.
4. It is illegal and extremely dangerous to pass between a tug and it's tow.
5. A port tack sailing vessel shall keep clear of a starboard tack vessel.
6. A windward vessel shall keep clear of a leeward vessel.
7. A vessel clear astern shall keep clear of a vessel ahead.
8. Any vessel overtaking another shall keep clear.
9. A vessel tacking or gybing shall keep clear of a vessel on a tack.
10.The area south of the orange can buoys is for training or transiting only.
11.Swimming or wading on the beach in front of the Centre is prohibited and is particularly dangerous for small children.
12.It is unsafe to loiter or let children play near the bottom of launching ramps.
13. Stay well clear of the end of the Jericho Pier as fishers cast lines as far as possible
14. Be cautious of pathway traffic when launching/retrieving
15. Do not leave your craft on the shoreline for extended periods of time
Common sense goes a long way toward maintaining a safe environment. Membership in the Jericho Sailing Centre Association is contingent on members knowing and observing the Safe Ocean Sailing rules. 
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