Jericho Sailing Centre
"in the wind" November 23, 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 November 23-30, 2007
There are many boats in the Jericho Sailing Centre
compound which have filled with water over the recent
monsoon season. As the temperatures drop, this water
turns to ice which expands and can cause serious damage
to your boat. You may not discover it until the spring
when you are out on the water springing a leak. Please
make a point of checking your boat regularly- break
the ice before it breaks your boat.
Winter Kayaking Group Any interested members
who are properly equipped and dressed are welcome to saddle up and paddle with the Jericho
Winter Kayaking Group. To get onto the groups emailing
list or for more info. contact Gail Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Full moon paddle Friday Nov 23 @ 6:30 pm for 2 hours
(please rsvp with Gail for this one)
Saturday Dec 1 @ 9:00 am for 2 hours
The group prides itself in sharing and practicing
safe paddling procedures.
The Board is inviting interested JSCA members to submit
a letter of interest to fill a vacant position. The
nomination deadline is December 10, 2007 at 1630H.
Nominees are asked to attend the December 11 JSCA
Board meeting at 1900H. If you would like more information
please contact me via reply email or by phone at 224-4177.
Annual JSCA Fleet Planning Meeting - Tuesday, November
27 @ 1900H
Racers, whatever your class, this is the meeting where
we lay out the first draft of the 2008 JSCA Competitive
Event Schedule. If you have an idea for an event,
come to this meeting, share your ideas and help us
plan while there is room on the schedule. In 2007
the Jericho Sailing Centre hosted 90 on water event
days, we're likely to do more in 2008, the time to
plan is now.
JSCA Safety Committee Meeting Monday, November 26
JSCA Office Hours
0900H-1700H Weekends - staff may be working elsewhere
in the building or compound and may not necessarily
be in the office - directions will be left on the
Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx.
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.