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Jericho Sailing Centre in the wind

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 March 6-March 13, 2008 and beyond:


Vancouver Park Board

Public Open House March 12

Jericho Wharf Project

The Vancouver Park Board is reviewing options for the demolition and/or rehabilitation of Jericho Wharf located at Jericho Beach Park, 3941 Point Grey Road. An open house will be held to discuss four options, with scheduled implementation planned between 2009 and 2011.

Wednesday, March 12 6pm-9pm Presentation at 7pm.West Point Grey Community Centre 4397 West 2nd Avenue.

For further information contact Tim Chow, Engineering Assistant (604) 257-8474




The JSCA encourages its members, especially those who are citizens of Vancouver, to be involved in this public process by either attending the meeting or sending an email voicing your support of improving ocean access for naturally powered craft.


Over the past year the JSCA's Board and Planning Committee have been focused on the possibilities with respect to the future of the "Jericho Wharf", known to us for the past 35 years as the "Marginal Wharf" a name passed on from the original Jericho Air Station. The structure originally served as a taxi way for seaplanes and flying boats between their hangers and the wooden launch ramps.


When Department of National Defense Building 13 and it's adjoining compound became the Jericho Sailing Centre in 1974 the Marginal Wharf extended just west of our current ramp # 3 (third ramp from the west). In the JSCA's infancy members had to jockey to gain their ocean access from a much smaller beach space. The fledgling Jericho Sailing Centre quickly became a splashing success with many craft funneling in and out of this tightly restricted area. In 1978 the western portion of the wharf was demolished to reveal the current beach space our members cherish. Since that time we've added the windsurfing and kayaking schools and seen their growth along with that of our dinghy sailing school rise like a spring neap tide. (Six thousand landlubbers a year spill from our shores enrolled in our school programs.) Our community based club programs and fleets have also enjoyed rising activity during this time and every year our launch areas become more and more congested.


The JSCA Planning Committee spent substantial time over the past year considering the possibilities for the future of the area the wharf occupies and what would be in the best interest of our current and future members. (Minutes of these meetings are posted under the Planning section of our website.) Much of the Committee's discussion ranged beyond the scope of what the Park Board is considering at this public meeting but we expect to focus only on the issue scheduled for discussion. The Park Board will be presenting 4 options for the wharf viewable on their website The JSCA is in support of Option 1A which is the full removal of the structure with no seawall. This option will immediately improve ocean access for paddlers and novice windsurfers as well as reduce traffic congestion on the water and the beach in the vicinity of the current Jericho Sailing Centre shoreline creating a much safer situation for everyone.

Your JSCA Board members will be at the meeting conveying JSCA's support for Option 1A and we look forward to seeing many members in attendance voicing their support for improved ocean access for naturally powered craft.

If you are unable to attend the meeting please take a moment to E-mail the Park Board's Engineering Assistant, Tim Chow, to let him know that you support Option 1 A. If you would like any further information from the JSCA please don't hesitate to contact me.This item will be on the agenda of next week's

JSCA BOARD MEETING Tuesday, March 11 @ 1900H


Yoga at Jericho on Wednesdays

Recalibrate your flexibility in time for the spring sailing, paddling and windsurfing season. Beginners welcome 5:15-6:45pm $5 Drop-in. Vinyasa Flow Yoga.



The vinyl flooring on the second floor of the Jericho Sailing Centre is being replaced. The work will occur between March 10-21. It will be necessary to close the JSCA office on Thursday, March 13 and Friday March 14 as we re-floor this space. 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.


2008 JSCA Fees Due April 1 - Just 3 Weeks Away

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.


2008 JSCA Racing Schedule Gets Underway in April

Penguin Cup                                                   April 13 @ 1230H

Flights of Spring Regatta                              April 19 & 20


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!)


JSCA Volunteer Workparties

March 8 & 9   Compound Spring Clean-up 1000H

March 15        Rack Building & Boat Moving 0900H

March 29        Painting 0900H

April 5Painting 0900H


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.


JSCA 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.


JSCA Office Hours

March Hours 0930H-1630H Weekdays. 0900H-1700H Weekends. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx. 1805H/1905H after Sunday).


Join the Jericho Rescue Team

The Jericho Rescue Team is looking for experienced sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and rowers who are interested in developing their seamanship and water safety skills, and are willing to volunteer to assist their fellow boaters. The Jericho Rescue Team provides safety and rescue support for all on-water events facilitated by the JSCA. This year our Rescue Team members will provide rescue coverage for the over 90 on-water event days on our 2008 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted on April 26 & 27. We provide training in water safety and seamanship, Boathandling, boat rescue and first aid. Course graduates must complete ongoing Rescue Team training including the Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, VHF Radio Licence, emergency first aid and CPR Certification (all provided). If you are interested please contact me in the Jericho office to discuss your qualification for this program.


On the Water, Your Safety is Your Responsibility

As we move to Daylight Savings this Sunday the opportunities to spend leisure time on the water will increase-the water temperature, however, will not. Please remember that launching in Vancouver winter conditions requires 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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