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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, Vancouver's Ocean Access Community Centre, for May 1-May 7, 2008 and beyond:

Sail Racing Season Begins This Week
The Sunday/Tuesday Racing Season launches this weekend, on Sunday, at 1230H. Racing will occur every Sunday with the exception of regatta Sundays (June 8, June 22, Sept. 7) at 1230H precisely. Race rules are available on our website or in the racing desk beside the brochure rack in the main entrance. Novice sailors are welcome to jump in any time and we'll be conducting 3 Rookie Racing Seminars on Sundays: May 11, June 15, and July 20 at 0900H-to introduce newcomers to the rules of racing along with some basic strategies and tactics.

Tuesday Nite Racing begins this Tuesday evening, May 6, at 1815H abruptly. The Jericho Rescue Team will be training Tuesday evenings and will be video taping race action to be played back in the Sailor's Lounge at the end of the evening. There will be a special feedback session on May 20 so that the JSCA Programs & Race Committees can hear your ideas for making our race programs the best they can possibly be. Former Canadian Olympic Sailing Team Coach and proprietor of the MacSailing School, Dave Thomas, has agreed to conduct another advanced racing strategy and tactics seminar this season- we've tentatively scheduled it for June 3, the Tuesday before the Jericho Classic Regatta.

All racers are required to register at racing@jsca.bc.ca with your name, sail number and class (i.e. Laser, Tasar, etc.). Alternatively you can register in person at the JSCA office. If you race a club boat you must register each race day to ensure we can score you correctly.

Galley Run & Rig Special Sandwiches
The Jericho Galley will be test marketing sandwich specials on Tuesday's after 1700H. The idea came about from our Member Food Forum back in September when members, particularly racers, told us they were looking for "grab and go" menu choices to allow them to fuel -up in the mad scramble between their hectic workday and marine bliss. Sample "Run & Rig" special sandwiches on the radar include Roasted Turkey or Veggie Avocado on Sourdough Bread. If the items are popular the Galley will be launching them during other peak periods. Making an encore on the Jericho Galley menu this year will be Lori's Favourite Cream Cheese and Bagel.

Pay Parking Now in Effect
Pay Parking is now in effect in Jericho Beach Park. The cost is $1/hour or $5/day. Members who wish to purchase a $60 season parking pass for Jericho Beach Park can pick up the forms in the JSCA office or via our website www.jsca.bc.ca . Pay parking is in effect from now - September 30, 2008.

UNPAID Craft Flagged - Subject to Loss of Storage Privileges
Haven't paid your JSCA fees yet? Consider this: JSCA Storage Policy states that when storage and/or membership fees become overdue 30 days (May 1st) they may be removed from the compound at the owner's expense. Any craft removed from the compound must go on the waiting list before coming back in. With an ever growing waiting list for ground storage, the JSCA will be following this course.

SOS 2008 May 10 -Season Opening Sailpast - Plan to be there!
" an important tradition linking us to history as < mariners> generally, and as members of Jericho Sailing Centre in particular."

The SOS is important to you to ensure that all of your ocean excursions this season are blessed with favourable weather. There was a skimpy turnout in 2007 and it rained on most weekends in the summer-let's not make the same mistake again. The SOS is also an important part of the Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE as it gives our visiting landlubbers an opportunity to see the Jericho Sailing Centre in action.

Jericho Members-sail, paddle, windsurf, row, whatever you like to do here, come out and do it on Saturday, May 10 between 1300H and 1500H .

Sailing Dinghies    1300H-1330H;
Windsurfers         1330H-1400H;
Paddlers              1400H-1430H;
Rowers, Sailing Canoes and Stand Paddlers    1430H-1500H.

Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE Saturday May 10
The annual Jericho Boat Show Open House on Saturday, May 10 is from Noon-1600H. Bring your landlubber friends, co-workers, neighbours and relatives down to the Centre on that day to check out all of the ocean access opportunities available to them. Our schools, clubs and fleets will be on hand with sign-up information and displays. Check out our Season Opening Sailpast which this year will include a Stand Paddling Race and a salute to sailing canoes.

Retire Your Tires
Members who currently store their craft on tires are asked to participate in the JSCA's effort to rid our compound of old rubber. Members may trade these tires to the JSCA for foam blocks at no cost to them. The tires will be collected by the JSCA under the BC Tire Stewardship Program and sent for recycling. Members are asked to help us rid the compound of tires, a breeding ground for mosquitoes which could potentially spread the West Nile Virus, as soon as possible. While we prefer not to tamper with boats stored on tires, any tires remaining under boats after the end of May may be removed by volunteer work parties.

JSCA Volunteer Work parties
Thank you to all the members who have participated with our volunteer programs to date; you folks put the wind in the sails of the Jericho Sailing Centre.

Volunteer Workparty Saturday May 3 1130H

OPEN HOUSE May 10 Volunteers required for set-up and hosting

JSCA Office Hours
May 1-15 Hours 0930H-1730H every day. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx. 2040H).

Upcoming JSCA Meetings:
Planning May 5 @ 1900H
Board May 12 @ 1900H
English Bay Safety Seminar May 26, June 23 & July 14 & 28

This 2 hour seminar covers all the known hazards in English Bay as experienced by members over the past 35 years and chronicled in the logs of the Jericho Rescue Team. Why learn the hard way in nature's harsh elements? Learn from the mistakes of others in a nice dry classroom. RSVP JSCA Office.

On the Water, Your Safety is Your Responsibility
Please remember that launching in Vancouver spring 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, dialling *311 will put you in touch with the Canadian Coast Guard's Rescue Coordination Centre.

Fair winds,
Mike

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