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Jericho Sailing Centre "in the wind" February 28, 2008

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 February 28-March 14, 2008 and beyond:

"Get on Board", Help Make The Jericho Sailing Centre Ever Greener
Since the JSCA's inception in 1974 our members have always taken pride in the fact that the only mark we leave on the environment, in pursuit of a splashing good time, is our wake. The Jericho Sailing Centre had a recycling program in place before any other community centre in Vancouver: we've always strived to utilize environmentally friendlier products, conserve water use (except for hot showers) and turn off heat & lights when not in use - but with your help, we can do more. Our goal over the next year is to reduce the energy footprint of the Jericho Sailing Centre by 10%, eliminating 4.2 Tonnes of GHG emissions. Retrofitting lighting fixtures and automating controls to heaters, pumps and fans will be our initial objectives along with educating users and staff of our program. In the long term we are considering renewable energy projects such as solar, geothermal, wind and tidal sources of energy. As technology evolves the cost of implementing natural sources of energy will become more attainable and no one can appreciate that more than the naturally powered sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and rowers of the Jericho Sailing Centre. Please "Get on Board" here, at home, at work to reduce our collective energy wake.

CYA Race Management Program at Jericho
Level 1 -- Tuesday, April 1  7:00 pm till 10:00 pm
* Suitable for those who want to serve on a club race committee.
* Introduction to sailboat racing, basic race signals and procedures.
* No experience required.
* Cost $15, which includes a copy of our new CYA book "Join the Race Committee" Register by calling 604 224-4177 by Friday, March 28.
Level 2 -- Thursday, April 3 -- Tuesday April 8 -- Thursday, April 10
7:00 pm till 10:00 pm
* Suitable for those who want to serve as a Race Officer leading a club race committee.
* Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, starting lines, course layout, start sequences,
* flags and signals, control of races underway, finishes.
* Experience as a member of a race committee or as a racing sailor is important.
* Cost $65, which includes a copy of the CYA Race Management Manual Register by calling 604 224-4177 by Wednesday, April 2
These courses are provided by the race management committee of BC Sailing.
For further information, please call John Culter at 604 742-8832.

Outrigger Canoe Paddling Development Program
The Jericho Outrigger Canoe Club has been a fixture at the Jericho Sailing Centre since 1993. These magnificent hulls glide through the chop of English Bay as smoothly as silk propelled by teams of 6 paddlers. If you've ever wondered what it's like on board here is your chance to find out: sign up for the Canadian Outrigger Racing Association's Outrigger Paddling Development Program for an introduction to the fundamentals of outrigger paddling and steering. The program goes every Saturday April 12 to May 17, and, if you choose, a seat in the Jericho Iron Classic race on May 24. Times are 1000H-1200H. Registration is $50 and includes your 2008 CORA membership. For more info or to register contact (I can tell you from a sailor's point of view, paddling in a 6 person outrigger canoe is a great rush!)

West Nile Tires R Us
The impending spread of the West Nile Virus in the Vancouver area has prompted the JSCA to reflect upon the 200-300 tires in the Jericho Sailing Centre compound used to store boats on. West Nile is a mosquito borne virus and stagnant water contained in discarded tires is a favoured breeding ground for the little bloodsuckers. There are many other craft support storage options including foam blocks which could be provided by JSCA at a reasonable cost. The JSCA will pursue a policy to phase out the use of discarded tires in the Jericho Sailing Centre compound within the next year. Members are asked to refrain from bring new old tires into the compound and find other means of storing your ground craft. Tires which are no longer in use may be brought to the area beside the dumpsters at the main entrance where the JSCA will take steps to discard them offsite.

2008 JSCA Fees Due April 1
A reminder that your 2008 JSCA Membership and Storage fees are due April 1, 2008. A late fee of $30 will apply to fees paid between April 2-30; a $60 late fee will be applied to late payments received during the month of May, and after that things go from bad to worse and your ship could end up on the craggy rocks of our annual bailiff auction. If you are planning not to store your craft at the Jericho Sailing Centre this year please ensure that you vacate by March 31 and notify the JSCA office so we may bring boats in from our waiting list. Also, please remember to take the time to complete the membership survey. Your feedback helps us better serve the needs of JSCA members.

Compound Clean-up Volunteer Work Parties
The JSCA Board is encouraging all members to participate in the 2008 Jericho Sailing Centre Compound Beautification Project by keeping your boat and storage space ship shape and by participating with volunteer work parties in 2008 to help clean up aisle ways and other common space areas. We have a bin onsite for the next two weeks to facilitate compound clean-up; please pitch in.

The vinyl flooring on the second floor of the Jericho Sailing Centre is being replaced. The work will occur between February 28 and March 14. During this period we will not be booking classroom space, however, we will strive to ensure that members have access to washroom, shower and change room facilities. There will be times during weekdays in daytime hours where it may not be possible to accommodate those who are unable to levitate across freshly glued areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate the patience and understanding of our members who, we are sure, will enjoy the new floor once installation is complete.

JSCA's Developing Action Plan for 2008
More Committee meetings are on the schedule in the further development of the JSCA's Annual Action Plan for 2008. The meetings are open and all members are invited to participate in the management of our unique ocean access facility.

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE (Next Meeting March 18 @ 1900H)
The agenda will include ongoing discussion of the energy study conducted on the Jericho Sailing Centre this past fall. Discussion will also continue around the 2008 Jericho Sailing Centre Compound Development plan.

PLANNING COMMITTEE (Next Meeting February 28 @ 1900H)
The agenda will include JSCA's Compound Development Plan as well as discussion on the future of the Marginal Wharf.

JSCA Office Hours
February/March Hours 0930H-1630H Weekdays. 0900H-1700H Weekends. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx. 1730H).

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 apr├Ęs 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.

Fair winds,

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