Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationFebruary 14, 2018
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 February 14, 2018 and beyond:
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PNWORCA Coming to Jericho This Saturday February 17
The first official on water event of 2018 kicks off from the Jericho Sailing Centre Saturday, February 17 at 1100H as the Jericho Paddling Club hosts the Vancouver leg of the Pacific North West ORCA (Outrigger Racing Canoe Association) series. The race is a mass start in single and double outrigger canoes, surf skis, & SUPs from the Sailing Centre. Race course will be determined race day depending on tide, wind and weather conditions. Estimated distance: 10k.

For more info on the race and how to register, splash over to:

Many thanks to Roger Pimenta for the use of his awesome photos.   

Jericho Paddling Club Outrigger Canoe Blessing this Sunday
We are very honoured to have Uncle Boy Chun Fook, Auntie Brenda Chun Fook, and Uncle Paul Aio from the Kikaha o Ke Kai Outrigger Club join us and perform the blessing ceremony for our new Unllimited OC6. This will be a very special event for Jericho and for the paddling community at large in Vancouver! Ceremony starts at 11:00 am, Sunday February 18th, please arrive early! 

Everyone is welcome! Bring your family, friends, fellow paddlers from other clubs! We would love to share this moment with the community! Everyone will participate in the chants! We will have copies of the chants to hand out.

To respect traditions, there are a few requirements in place:
  • No talking during the formal part of the ceremony, except to participate in the chants. 
  • Cameras are welcome, but photographers can not be between the people doing the blessing and the canoe, and photographers must not enter the water. We would love to have some photos and video of the ceremony so we do encourage some people to take photos!
  • Dogs may not be present at the ceremony. If you would like to have your dog with you that day, please watch from outside the ceremony area. We will be on the beach between the east ramp and stone breakwater, you can watch with your dog from the ramp or breakwater, just please not on the beach.
We will have a social reception in the members' lounge after the blessing, refreshments will be provided. Please joins us for this very special event as we welcome our new wa'a to the Jericho Ohana!

1. Early morning we will rig and clean up canoe before blessing.
2. We will place canoe outside the gate on the beach facing the water so everyone can be part of the blessing
3. The Canoe `Ohana (Family/Club) and witnesses gather for the blessing around the canoe.
4. Uncle Boy will say prayer before our blessing to thank Akua for this day of blessing our new Va'a.
5. From this point on there is no talking - everyone's focus is on the blessing ceremony. Dogs are not to be present during a wa'a blessing.
6. The sounding of the Pu (Kani Ka Pu). Pu is sounded 3 times in each direction North, East, South, West. This is optional if we cannot find a Pu Blower
7. Pa'akai is offered to all attending and witnessing the blessing to begin the purification process. A small pinch is placed under the tongue. (We will need Hawaiian Salt for all who will be witnessing this Blessing.)
8. The gathering: At the sound of the Pu, All will form a procession to the beach for the blessing ceremony. (All paddlers to have their paddle in hand - Lau (blade) up)
9. Never should a photographer/videographer place themselves between the blessing facilitators and the wa'a and never enter the water during the ceremony.
10. Uncle Paul will conduct the Blessing with a prayer then spreading of salt water on the nose, seats, ama, iako, back of canoe then all of paddlers and witnesses of the blessing. Chanting of E Ho Mai 3X will then be chanted
11. After prayers and chant is done we will carry canoe down to the dock placing the taller guys on the Iako and Ama. Place canoe nose in 1st and moved to the side for selected paddlers to get in.
12. Canoe is then paddled into the bay, face canoe towards the beach and place offering into the water from the ama side. All paddlers will then hold paddles up and we will chant I Ku Mau Mau 3X's the paddlers will head back to the beach while I Ku Mau Mau is being chanted till canoe reaches the beach.
13. When the canoe reaches the beach, paddlers disembark standing alongside the wa'a with hoe held lau up. Uncle Paul will then with remaining Pikai is poured over the bow of the canoe with manifestation prayers that invite the spirit of the tree to reside with the spirit of the water.
14. The canoe is then brought out of the water and placed on the beach by the paddlers and other club members to assist. A proclamation is made to the Canoe `Ohana as to the outcome of the blessing and their continued responsibilities to the wa'a is called to their attention. Anyone with Wa'a Mana'o can do this.

E Hō Mai (Grant Us)
Anake Edith Kanakaole
E hō mai ka 'ike mai luna mai ē
(Grant us knowledge from above)
'O nā mea huna no'eau o nā mele ē
(The things of wisdom hidden in the chants)
E hō mai, e hō mai, e hō mai ē
(Grant it to us, grant it to us, grant it to us)

I Ku Mau Mau
Alaka'i: I ku mau mau                  
Leader: Stand up together
Pane:   I ku wa                            
Response: Stand and shout   
Alaka'i: I ku mau mau                  
Leader: Stand together      
     I ku huluhulu                                  Haul with all your might            
    I ka lanawao                                  
Under the mighty trees
Pane: I ku wa                                Response: Stand at intervals  
Alaka'i: I ku lanawao                     Leader: Stand up among the tall forest trees
Pane:   I ku wa                             
Response: Stand at intervals           
            I ku wa huki                                       
Stand at intervals and pull            
            I ku wa ko                                          
Stand at intervals and haul          
            I ku wa a mau
                                     Stand in place and haul
           A mau ka eulu                                    
Haul branches and all          
           E huki e                                              
Haul now
           Kulia                                                    Stand up 
2018 JSCA Invoice Discount Deadline in 2 Weeks
Invoices for your 2018 JSCA Membership and Storage fees were sent out back in January. The invoices are not due until April 1, however, you will receive a 2% discount if you pay before February 28, 2018.
For your convenience Visa or MasterCard payments can be made over the phone (604)224-4566.If you haven't received your email invoice please contact the office asap.
If you are not planning to renew with us in 2018 please notify the office when you vacate (prior to March 31) so that we may assign your space to another member.
If you sell your craft and wish to transfer your space to the new owner you must inform the office in writing. 
Jericho Stewardship Group - Monthly Work Party SUNDAY
The Jericho Stewardship Group is a registered non-profit organization comprising residents, students, naturalists and other non-profit groups, that works with the Vancouver Park Board to restore and encourage the natural habitat of Jericho Beach Park.
Our main activities include:
  • removal of existing non-native shrub and tree species
  • planting of new native trees and shrubs
  • maintenance of newly planted areas
We also give walks and talks in the Park, do an annual release of mason bees in the spring and monitor and record some of the plant and animal species.

If you would like to get involved, then join us on the second Sunday of every month (weather and holidays permitting).
Upcoming work parties are currently scheduled for the following dates:
  • Sunday February 18
  • Sunday March 11
  • Sunday April 8
Work parties are from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and we meet at the wooden bridge over the pond.
Come dressed for the elements and know you're likely to get dirty!  We'll provide tools, cinnamon buns and a sense of purpose - we hope to see you there!

For more information, shovel over to:

Jericho Rescue Team Training Course
The Jericho Rescue Team is looking for current JSCA members who are physically fit, confident, experienced sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and/or rowers and are interested in further developing their seamanship and water safety skills, to volunteer to assist their fellow boaters. The Jericho Rescue Team provides safety and rescue support for all on-water events facilitated by the JSCA. This year our Rescue Team members will provide safety and rescue coverage for the over 80 on-water event days on our 2018 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted on April 28 & 29. We provide training in water safety and seamanship, boat handling, boat rescue and first aid. Course graduates must complete ongoing Rescue Team training including the Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, VHF Radio Licence, emergency first aid and CPR Certification (all provided). If you are interested please contact Andrei or Mike in the Jericho office to discuss your qualification for this program. 

February Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be open weekends at 1100H rain or shine (if snow, they close).


The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1730H for the next couple of weeks. As sunset gets later, we will adjust our hours to match. 


Members are encouraged to sign in the Winter Launch Log during office hours prior to launching.

2018 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

The 2018 event schedule is on our website Google Calendar at:


Winter Launch Log




Members who launch from the Jericho Sailing Centre at this time of year are encouraged to stop in at the Jericho office and fill out the Winter Launch Log which outlines your float plan to let people here know you are out there. 

Cold Water Recreation

There are many people, particularly Stand Up Paddlers, launching from Jericho Beach these days who are new to cold water ocean recreation. Here are some things they must know about:

Appropriate Attire - Dress for Cold Water Immersion

The water temperature is well below the level where it is safe to recreate without a proper (no shorties) wetsuit or drysuit. People who get into serious trouble at this time of year have often made the mistake of dressing for the air temperature not the water temperature, which is fine until something goes wrong and they suddenly find themselves immersed in the water.


Use Your Head
Significant heat loss is through your head. When you consider that hypothermia is the most significant danger experienced ocean recreationalists face and a neoprene cowling cost $15 at MEC, you don't need a calculator to do the math. A wool toque or hat will also work quite well.


Always Stay with Your Craft
When a sailing dinghy, windsurfer or kayak capsizes they are usually within a couple of swim strokes of their crew. Some craft, particularly SUP's and surf skis, require a safety leash (in good condition and properly attached) as they can easily get away in a capsize situation. Never leave your craft in an emergency situation as it is far easier to spot than a person in the water.

Use the Buddy System

Always sail, paddle, row with someone else, especially in cold water conditions. Let a reliable friend or relative know when and where you are going and when you expect to return. Diligently contact them upon your safe return. If you are launching from Jericho Beach stop in at the JSCA office to let us know when and where you are going and when you expect to return.

Be Aware of Sunset

Recently, JSCA staff have witnessed people launching within a few minutes of sunset. This is a dangerous practice. If something goes wrong for you: equipment failure; changing conditions; fatigue, etc., you are very difficult to find in the dark. Make sure your safety float plan includes plenty of time to get off of the water before sunset.


Here is a link provided by our member Stefan from UBC of his favourite cold water education site:
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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