Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationSeptember 12, 2012
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' Ocean Access Community Centre, for September 12, 2012 and beyond:
In This Issue
Tasar NA Championships
CCG Kitsilano Station
Notice of AGM
Upcoming Events
UBC Sailing Club Party
JSCA Planning Forum
Safety Your Responsibility
Join our Mailing List!
Tasar BC's & North American Championships

 Tasar sailors from the Pacific Northwest battled it out in English Bay this past weekend for the annual Tasar BC and North American Championships. Saturday was a Jericho classic: sunshine, a building 8-12 knot westerly and a strong flood, which saw the fleet always head to the favored beach side of the course.  On Sunday, racers were greeted with a slightly cooler and cloudy day, and the previous day's steady westerly was replaced with a more tactically challenging easterly.

In the end, Thilo Giese and Sandra Towers prevailed to win their 5th consecutive BC Cup. A close battle for the next two spots saw the team of Julian Hannabuss/Brent Kelly need a countback to take second over the Seattle team of Brendan Fahey/Alex Jones.  Complete results are on the JSCA website.


Thanks to Jacek Suski, Mike Wang and Elizabeth Buxbaum for helping out on the committee/marks boats. Sunday was a particularly taxing day for mark moving - thanks again Mike and Elizabeth. Thanks to Helen Elfert for taking great care of everyone at registration.

Thanks also to support from West Marine for providing a pair of dinghy smock tops as draw prizes.

Shelley Macy and Gary Brandt capped off the event with their infamous 'a prize for all' presentation.


Regular Sunday Racing THIS WEEKEND @ 1230H - Last 1 of 2012

Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Update

CCG Rescue Coordination Centre Strongly Objects to Closure

This week, just as the 2012 Canadian Parliament is about to launch their Fall session, information has surfaced that appears to contradict Conservative Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Keith Ashfield's claim that the decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station "was made with careful consideration."  


A leaked July 17 internal CCG memo to regional Canadian Coast Guard management indicates that there was no consultation with any of the Search and Rescue expertise at the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre. These are the people who know; the waters of coastal British Columbia best; the capability and availability of all available response resources; how to get lifesaving resources to the scene of distress better than anyone else; consulting with them should have been Step One of "careful consideration".  Their memo to management plainly states that: "Closing Kits will endanger the lives of mariners." 


The memo concludes with the JRCC's recommendation that the decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station be reconsidered. It also casts into doubt the existence of any Risk-Assessment analysis or any Rationale Documentation that would support the closing of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station - Steps Two & Three of what most would consider "careful consideration" Mr. Ashfield. 



CCG's Website "Myths & Facts" Soundly Debunked  


At the conclusion of a round table discussion hosted by Minister Ashfield in Vancouver on June 26 he told the assembled representatives of local marine transpotation, industry and recreation that "The decision to close the Kitsilano base will not endanger mariners in Vancouver harbour. Neither the Coast Guard nor I would make a decision that would put lives at risk." Minister Ashfield directed those of us present to visit the CCG website for information supporting the closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.


A second July 17 memo from the Maritime Coordinators of JRCC Victoria objected to the false and misleading information on the CCG website that Minister Ashfield wants the public to believe. Myths & Facts Debunked  

Send Us Your Photos

  We're looking for Jericho style photos to use in our newsletters, website & other promotions.


Thanks to Guy Wall for providing the photos of last weekend's Tasar BC's & North American Championships.



Thanks to Allan Bennett-Brown for these great shots of people enjoying the Labour Day weekend(including Bob Lewis & Friederich Buxbaum "flying" their International moths).






JSCA Notice of AGM

Jericho Sailing Centre Association

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Tuesday October 23 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 39th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2011/2012 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.

Call for Nominations

Voting will take place to elect seven members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors.   The J.S.C.A. Board meets once a month to set policy and determine Jericho's direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 9.   The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.   For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email



New Motorcycle Parking Regulations @ Jericho

Effective immediately, only current JSCA members are eligible to park motorcycles in the designated area just inside the main entrance to the Jericho Sailing Centre.


In order to park in the designated area, members must register in the JSCA office. Once the designated area is filled, motercycles must be parked in the regular parking lot. Unregistered bikes parked in the Jericho Sailing Centre compound will be towed at the owners expense. 

Jericho Sailing Centre - New Waste Management Program

 The Jericho Sailing Centre Association has instituted a new waste management program to help us reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill. For this to work we need everybody to pitch in.


Please help us by ensuring you use the correct container for your refuse.   


UPCOMING EVENTS @ Jericho Sailing Centre 

Last 2012 Sunday Racing             September 16

Day of the Longboat                     September 22/23/29/30  INFO 

Penguin Cup Racing                      October 7, 14 & 21

Racing Awards

& Volunteer Appreciation Dinner     October 21 

UBC Sailing Club Party                                                         September 15

The UBC Sailing Club Hangar Parties are back and better than ever! Enjoy an awesome evening of live music, great beer and amazing people at the best indoor/outdoor venue in BC. The first hangar party proved that we can still throw an amazing party, if you missed the first one you have to come to this one to see what all the buzz is about!

We're super excited to have The Ponderosas playing at this year's party, we also have DJ Deezel back to keep the party going between sets. 

Amazing beer, by Howe Sound, great burgers on premium buns, house made Sangria and amazing music. The Ponderosas bring their folky sound to the Jericho Sailing Centre and between sets DJ Deezel lays down the beats for an amazing hangout or dance environment. These parties have something for everyone!

Doors are at 8pm and we don't have to kick you out until 2am.

Tickets are being printed now and will be on sale by Aug 15 - only $12 bucks and they can be bought at the Jericho Office or from any UBC Sailing Club Exec. We can only sell tickets to members of the Jericho Sailing Centre but they're welcome to bring guests so if you're not a member and you want to come hit up your friends who are members.

Check out the facebook event here:


Pictures from the last party (Thanks Adrienne!)

Hear the band:

Jericho Folk Club - Tuesday Evenings


Jericho Sailing Centre Association Planning Forum - September 17
The JSCA Planning Committee welcomes all members to attend the 2012 Annual Planning Forum on September 17 at 1900H. We'll be taking a look at opportunities for the future of the Jericho Sailing Centre for next year and beyond. Please plan to attend and bring your ideas for improving the Jericho Sailing Centre. If you are unable to attend but have ideas to share please send them along via return email no later than September 12.


Jericho Sailing Centre Etiquette 

Common sense and consideration of fellow members help make the Jericho Sailing Centre a true community centre with a friendly salt water community atmosphere. Here are a few etiquette reminders to keep things sailing along smoothly:


  • Do not leave your craft unattended on the shoreline for extended periods - share the shore.                          
  • RAMPS, and the areas adjacent to launching ramps, are for craft launch/retrieval only. Do not rig, repair or otherwise loiter in this area.
  • Do not leave or rig your craft in the rinsing areas adjacent to hosing stations. 
  • The Jericho Sailing Centre is a SMOKE FREE facility. There is No Smoking permitted in any Vancouver Park or beach area.
  • Give pathway users the right of way and bear in mind they may be distracted and not aware that you are crossing the pathway with your craft or launch rope.
  • launch dollies are for launching/retrieval only (not for storage) and must be returned to the fence immediately after use.
  • if you launch from your own dolly or trailer return it to your storage spot after launching.
  • do not use the winches unless you are familiar with their safe operation. Winch instruction is available from staff or Jericho Rescue Team members. Only members or registered guests may use winches & dollies.
  • only leashed, well behaved dogs are allowed in the compound, no dogs are allowed in the building or on the deck. Do not tie dogs to the base of stairwells or in other traffic areas. Do not leave your dog onshore while you are on the water. The City prohibits dogs on beaches. In consideration of other Jericho users please consider leaving your dog at home while visiting the Jericho Sailing Centre.
  • Please coil hoses immediately after use and conserve water.
  • Do not block aisle ways.
  • Rinse racks are for rinsing not drying.
  • Swimming is prohibited in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre.
DANGER Boats Crossing
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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