Jericho Sailing Centre "in the wind" October 25,
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
October 25-November 1, 2007 and beyond:
UBC WINDSURFING Board Swap
The UBC Sailing Club is holding a Board Swap in the hanger of the Jericho
Sailing Centre this Saturday, October 27 at 1100H. This is your opportunity
to bail on old equipment or purchase some pre-surfed gear at a good
bargoon. For more info shred over to firstname.lastname@example.org
BONUS Penguin Cup Race THIS SUNDAY
JSCA Programmes Chair, Andy Hunt, has scheduled a bonus Penguin
Cup Race for this Sunday, October 28 at 1230H. This race was made possible
when last Sunday six of our die hard, well weathered Laser racers came
out to last Sunday's Penguin Cup in the snottiest of Vancouver autumn
monsoon conditions and had a splashing good time. This will definitely
be the LAST race of the 2007 season-right Andy? Complete scoring results
for the 2007 race season can be found on the Racing section of our website.
Interest in a Winter Kayakers Group?
Shiver me timbers, we see more and more members paddling their 'yaks
throughout the winter each year-many times solo. When I talk to individuals
they say that it's hard to meet other people interested in paddling
in the winter. It seems to me there are enough people doing it, you
just need a way to hook up. There is no safety substitute for the buddy
system out there on the water at this time of year. If you are interested
in connecting with other Jericho paddlers please reply by email and
I'll facilitate you getting together.
JSCA Annual General Meeting Report
Eighty-four members turned out to the Jericho Sailing Centre Association's
Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 23. Our President, Brian
Key and committee chairs reported on the challenges faced by our organization
and our accomplishments over the past year along with plans for the
future. A summary of 2007 Board and Committee reports can be found on
JSCA members elected Norm Eldridge, Mina Fung, Brian Key, Philip McILvenna,
Tony Martin, Gail Owen, Richard Spencer and Dan Wallace to a two year
term on the board. Graham McGlashan was elected to a one year term.
The first meeting of the new board will be on Tuesday, November 13 at
1900H and, of course, all members are welcome to attend. The Board will
elect the President, Vice-president, Treasurer and Executive Secretary
for 2007/2008 at this meeting. Interim Committee Chairs will also be
selected and committee meeting dates will be set.
This first forming meeting of the board usually includes a review of
JSCA's 5 Year Strategic Plan and plenty of brainstorming with respect
to the development of the JSCA's Annual Action Plan-between now and
this meeting is a great time for members to provide ideas, input and
feedback - email us and let us
know what you think.
2007 Volunteer of the Year
Sixty members attended the Annual JSCA Volunteer Appreciation and Racing
Awards Dinner last Sunday. Many thanks were heaped on all of our volunteers
and in particular our 2007 Volunteer of the Year: Fred Wu. Fred has
volunteered in many areas for the JSCA particularly with the Jericho
Rescue Team along with boat and facility maintenance-thank you Fred!
Fred was the Jericho Rescue Team member who pulled 5 people from the
water on July 10 after their powerboat sank 2 kilometres north of the
Batten Down the Hatches We're Heading Into a Patch of Rough Weather!
Every "off season" vicious wind storms rip through the Jericho
Sailing Centre compound looking for loose tarps, boat covers and poorly
stowed gear. When they find a loose tarp they can turn a docile hibernating
boat into a flying projectile which can cause damage to neighbouring
craft. Members are responsible for ensuring they have "battened
down the hatches" on their equipment stored at the Jericho Sailing
Centre and checking their craft after gnarly windstorms. We encourage
you to check your craft regularly year round, remove any parts or equipment
that can be easily removed (most thefts occur between Oct.-April) and
make sure water doesn't collect inside your hull (if it freezes and
expands it can cause major damage).
Long time JSCA member, volunteer & avid multi-hull sailor Rick Leonard
passed away suddenly October 6 from undiagnosed cancer. Rick left has
mark on the Jericho Sailing Centre-his airbrush artwork of sailing dinghy
logos hangs over the fireplace in our Sailor's Lounge. As well, an airbrushed
replica of the JSCA burgee hangs proudly in our office. There will be
no service but all you multi-hullers can remember Rick the next time
your windward hull breaks free from the surface tension of the sea.
Bon voyage sailor.
Weekly Events at the Jericho Sailing Centre
Penguin Cup Racing October 28 @ 1230H
Upcoming JSCA Meetings:
JSCA Board November 13 @ 1900H
JSCA Office Hours
October Hours 0930H-1730H Weekdays. 0900H-1800H Weekends. Gates open
at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx. 1800H and fading fast).
On the Water, Your Safety is Your Responsibility
A reminder to members who play on the bay at this time of year-place
an extra emphasis on boat safety for yourself and your crew. Jericho
Rescue and other boaters are notably scarce at this time of the year
so you must take extra care to ensure a safe on water session. It starts
with a check of the weather forecast and tidal activity. Let a friend
or family member know you are going, where you are going and when you
expect to be back on shore (follow-up with an après sailing phone call).
Do a meticulous pre-launch check of your craft and equipment. Recognize
when conditions are beyond your ability and choose not to launch. Make
sure you are properly dressed-wetsuit/drysuit/hat/booties/gloves-including
your PFD. Double check your safety equipment-paddles, bailer, whistle,
flares. Know when the sun is setting and understand that the wind often
shuts off abruptly in the hour before sunset. Don't go farther from
shore than you care to paddle back if you or your equipment should fail
or the wind shuts off.
One final tip: enclose your fully charged cell phone in two sealed
sandwich bags and keep on your person. In the event of a sea disaster
you can't solve yourself, dialing *311 will put you in touch with the
Canadian Coast Guard's Rescue Coordination Centre.
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