Jericho Sailing Centre "in the wind" August 2, 2007
Ahoy JSCA Members:
Here is what's "in the wind", coming events and items of interest
at the Jericho Sailing Centre, your ocean access community centre, for
August 2-8, 2007 and beyond:
No more Ship Wrecks at Wreck Beach?
Captain George Vancouver & his Discovery crew were the first Europeans
to make landfall in this area way back in 1792 at a place they named
"Noon Breakfast Point". They were apparently overdue for breakfast
and the sandy, sun soaked beach lapped by refreshing waters offered
a welcome break from the rigors of life aboard a wooden ship. Two centuries
and some ship wrecks later we now know this area as Wreck Beach, Vancouver's
only "Sunscreen Mandatory" (clothing optional, if you prefer)
The Greater Vancouver Regional District is seeking public comment on
a Transport Canada proposal to implement a Boating Restriction Regulation
in this area. According to Seann Greenwood of the GVRD, the proposed
regulation is in response to public concerns over safety and the operation
of boats in the proximity of swimmers. When he was informed that this
is a popular destination point for JSCA members to do just what Captain
Vancouver did; or, shiver me timbers; go swimming, he revealed that
powerboats and testosterone powered jet skis were the crux of the problem.
However, all interested boaters should take notice and be aware-your
access could be affected. If you can't bare the thought of losing this
historical point of interest as one of your boating destinations you
are invited to attend a public meeting on August 8 at 1900H at the UBC
Student Union Building Room #207/209. A public opinion survey can be
completed online at www.gvrd.bc.ca.
For more info contact GVRD at 224-5739.
*** If you've never thought of taking your boat here and I've just given
you the idea-it's not called "Wreck Beach" for nothing! There
are many treacherous rocky shoals and only experienced mariners who
are familiar with the charts should consider the trip. If you ship wreck
here, it's between you and the Coast Guard and/or commercial marine
Celebration of Lights Fireworks-Last Blast this Saturday!
The final Celebration of Lights fireworks display takes place on English
Bay Saturday, August 4 at 2200H (10pm for landlubbers) The view from
the Jericho Sailing Centre is pretty good and a far more traffic/parking
friendly venue than English Bay Beach or Kits Point. We strongly recommend
that members and guests DO NOT take boats out on fireworks evenings
as it is extremely hazardous. At the end of the show, hundreds of boats,
all bigger than you, disperse in hundreds of different directions and
the resulting turbulent sea surface reflects light in every direction
making Jericho size boats impossible to see.
The JSCA is preparing for public meetings this Fall on the future of
the Marginal Wharf, the concrete expanse to the East protruding over
the sea, one of the last legacies of the seaplane base once located
on these shores (the Jericho Sailing Centre, former DND Building 13,
is another). Our Marginal Wharf Committee met this week and identified
criteria supporting 3 key objectives that the JSCA have set as organizational
goals with respect to this adjoining park land. They are:
1. Increase the beach area available for small, naturally powered craft.
a.) Increase launching capacity to accommodate a growing user base.
b.) Reduce congestion to improve safety near the shoreline.
c.) Remove all or most of the existing structure.
2. Increase the Jericho Sailing Centre compound to the east with a gate
to access the "Marginal" area.
a.) Increase arc of compound to accommodate growing demand for small,
naturally powered craft storage.
b.) Provide compound access to the new shoreline launch area.
3. A more effective facility to support the Disabled Sailing Association
and other JSCA groups.
a.) Develop a low impact, environmentally sensitive structure which
includes a minimum of 200 lineal feet of dock space with a minimum of
6' of depth at 0 foot tide level.
b.) Develop a new building within the expanded compound area to provide
public washrooms and space for the DSA, schools and other user groups.
The committee will make a presentation to the JSCA Board at their September
10 meeting-all JSCA members are welcome to attend.
Swift Solos Blown Away
You can add another fleet to the list of converted Jericho junkies.
It never fails. When mariners from other ports visit the Jericho Sailing
Centre they are inevitably blown away by our unique, world class, ocean
access facility. The Swift Solo North American Championships took place
from July 22-28. Racers enjoyed a variety of racing conditions from
a steady 12-14 knot westerly breeze on Race Day 1 to one race that started
in a westerly and finished in an easterly. Jericho's Swift Solo Fleet
Captain Michael Jocelyn played host to a contingent of contented visitors
which included designer Bram Dally and Canadian Builder Roger Wright.
At the end of the day, two more Swift Solos were added to Jericho's
fleet. For more info on the Swift Solo oscillate over to www.swiftsolo.org.
July 2007 Wet Weather Tidbits
Average July precipitation 39.5mm - July 2007 55mm
A record 7 straight days of rainfall
A record amount of precipitation for a 3 day period
Waiting List for Ground Craft Storage Equals Peer Pressure
on Inactive Craft
Not using your ground stored craft? The JSCA needs your spot. We currently
have 15 boats on our waiting list and we would like to accommodate them
all. At this time our staff is taking stock of inactive craft populating
the compound. If necessary, under the terms of our Boat Storage Policy,
storage rights for these craft may be withdrawn. We are currently asking
members who may wish to voluntarily relinquish their ground storage
to contact the office to arrange a refund on the unused portion of their
LAUNCH Dolly Etiquette
We would like to reminder members that JSCA launch dollies are for everyone's
use. Please show consideration of your fellow members by using dollies
only for launching and retrieval. Dollies used to launch boats must
be immediately returned to the fence and not left on the shoreline.
Next ENGLISH BAY SAFETY SEMINAR
Monday, August 20 @ 1900H
Garden Party-Volunteer Workparty Bouquets
Many thanks to Paul, Rae, Brian, Don and a hastily scrambled platoon
of Sea Dragon Sea Scouts for volunteering at last weekend's volunteer
workparty in the south garden west of the Jericho Sailing Centre's main
Battle of the Blackberries-Volunteer Workparties
This Saturday & Sunday @ 1000H.
Turn your family and friends into Jericho Junkies!
Introduce your friends, family, neighbours and co-workers to the Jericho
Sailing Centre. Our school programs are filling fast. Windsurfing lessons
from $49, kayaking lessons from $69, dinghy sailing lessons from $230.
Windsurfing season's passes from $199 Kayaking season's passes $330.
Dinghy Sailing season's passes $300.
Weekly Events at the Jericho Sailing Centre
Jericho Folk Club Tuesdays 2000H
Sunday Racing Non-regatta Sundays 1230H
Tuesday Nite Racing Tuesdays 1815H
Ecomarine Thursday Night Paddling Thursdays 1800H
Upcoming JSCA Meetings:
JSCA Board August 13 @ 1900H
JSCA Board September 10 @ 1900H
JSCA Office Hours
0900H-2100H Tuesdays- Saturdays. 0900H-1900H Sundays, Mondays &
Holidays. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx. 2050H).
We invite all JSCA members to contribute pictures and articles to "the
Centreboard" portion of our website simply by replying to this
Jericho Sailing Centre Declared an "Essential Service"--
oar maybe knot!
My sincere apologies to anyone whose feathers may have been rustled
by my suggestion that the Jericho Sailing Centre is an "Essential
Service" in last week's edition of "in the wind". A misunderstanding
has occurred for which I take full responsibility due to my frequent
capsizing of the English Language- salt water on the brain-my fault.
Over the years JSCA members have told us through surveys and in person
that they enjoy the escapism and freedom that a launch from the Centre
can provide them. They have communicated the mind cleansing, stress
reducing, soul freeing, joy, exhilaration, relaxation and sense of well
being that their Jericho Sailing Centre sessions deliver. They have
waxed eloquently about the healthy, wet wild, fun and excitement, laugh
with the gulls, impact their ocean odysseys have had on their lives:
as one member once put it, "I sail, therefore I am". Their
words, not mine.
This was the spirit of last weeks rash declaration that the Jericho
Sailing Centre is an Essential Service, it was not meant to trifle with
the BC Labour Relation Board's official definition which include Police,
Fire and Emergency Medical Services, all of which are most worthy of
the stamp "Essential Service".
We know and empathize with the people involved on both sides of the
current civic dispute. Everyone in Vancouver is affected by it in one
way or another. We know in time, with communication, it will be solved
and harmony will be restored. In the meantime, when things heat up,
think about the Jericho Sailing Centre-a stress release in times of
stress is essentially what the Doctor ordered. Take two launches and
call me in the morning.
Dr. Mike, Salt Water Therapist
PS. Shouldn't garbage collection be included as an "Essential
Service" in the interest of public health? And as much as I love
our friendly neighbourhood beach lifeguards: Gary, David, Zeke, Michael,
Dave, Craig, etc., why does their season only run from Victoria Day
Weekend to Labour Day when they are considered an "Essential Service"?
Does the BC Labour Relations Board not realize that people swim in the
sea outside of this period?
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