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
"Get on Board", Help Make The Jericho Sailing Centre
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
* Suitable for those who want to serve on a club race
* Introduction to sailboat racing, basic race signals
* 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,
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,
These courses are provided by the race management committee
of BC Sailing.
For further information, please call John Culter at
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 email@example.com
(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.
NOTICE OF POTENTIAL SERVICE DISRUPTION
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
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.
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
JSCA Office Hours
February/March Hours 0930H-1630H Weekdays. 0900H-1700H
Weekends. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk.
On the Water, Your Safety is Your
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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