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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 August 21-August 31, 2008 and beyond:

Jericho Oceanman
The 9th annual Jericho Oceanman event is this Sunday, August 24 at the Jericho Sailing Centre. This fun, uniquely Vancouver ocean event, is the creation of long time JSCA Member and Jericho Beach Lifeguard, the REAL Oceanman himself, Gary Parsons (pictured at right). Gary was day dreaming in the hot sun without his lifeguard hat one day and came up with the idea for an event which includes a 6km paddle, 1km swim, 8km run and the ever popular "Mystery Event". The competition begins at 1000H and is very "spectator friendly". The social includes live, slide guitar laced entertainment by the Swagmen in the picnic area starting at 1300H. (Although the event bears the politically incorrect Ocean"man" label, it is open to all genders)
For more info paddle/swim/run over to www.oceanman.ca

Sunday Racing at 1230H precisely
Thanks to our brilliant and dedicated volunteers we are able to run large ocean events such as the Jericho Oceanman and last weekend's Canadian Outrigger Championship without compromising our regular Sunday Racing program. We thank them all from the bottom of our hulls!

Canadian Outrigger Canoe Racing Championships - Back Paddling
It was a fantastic weekend of outrigger racing at what Honorary Race Chair, Vancouver Park Board Vice Chair, Ian Robertson called "the ultimate paddling facility". Crews from as far away as Pemberton, Comox, Penticton, Kelowna and Washington State competed in the 2008 Canadian Outrigger Canoe Racing Championships at the Jericho Sailing Centre this past weekend. The ocean terrain got a little gnarly (just the way they like it!) for the Men's and Women's OC6 course around Passage Island and back on Saturday. There was a tight battle all the way in the Men's Division with the False Creek Canoe Club boat maintaining close contact with the victorious home team JOCC1. Master steersman Paul MacNamara guided the first place boat through the big chop as if they were gliding across silk. The most remarkable sea story of the day came from the first place boat in the Mixed Crew category, the JOCC boat steered by the "Oceanman" himself, Gary Parsons. Two crew, Gary's belle Shannon Bell and Sabrina Schwanebeck, had just climbed out of the JOCC boat which placed 3rd in the hard fought Ladies Division when the Mens/Mixed race began - nothing like two quick laps around Passage Island and back (24 Nautical Miles) in an outrigger canoe. For complete race results paddle over to: www.jerichooutrigger.com

Kayaking For A Cure
Over sixty kayakers set out to "make Cancer history" raising over $24,000 for Cancer research in a fundraising paddle on Sunday from the Jericho Sailing Centre. Well done folks! Not to late to donate - paddle over to www.kayakforacure.com

Volunteer Work Parties - August 23 & 30; September 3
Volunteer work parties are scheduled over the next 3 Saturdays to allow us to "root out" the last of the blackberry bushes and complete our annual compound clean-up. Work parties start at 1130H. We provide tools gloves and water.

Ice Cream Log
After a great day of sailing with Dad Scott and feeding Jericho Boat Bunnies there is nothing Veronica and Chester would rather do than enjoy the Galley's ice cream on their favourite log!

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Navigating toward a Charitable Foundation
The JSCA Board passed the following motion at their monthly meeting on Monday, August 11 at 1900H:
"The JSCA Board will begin the process of investigating the formation of a charitable organization to fund facility development with a first objective of improving facilities for disabled sailing and continuing with further long term legacy enhancements."
Thank you to the members who have volunteered to assist us with this project already, we definitely want you on board. Is there an experienced charitable lawyer out there who is interested in donating professional services to assist the JSCA in setting up a charitable foundation?

Jericho Sailing Centre Association
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday October 28 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 35th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 1900H in the English Bay Banquet Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2007/2008 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.

Call for Nominations
Voting will take place to elect eight members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors. The J.S.C.A. Board meets once a month to set policy and determine Jericho's direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 14. The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number. For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email mike@jsca.bc.ca.

Join the Jericho Kayak Fleet

The Jericho Kayak Fleet is inviting JSCA paddlers to come out and join them for Social Paddles on Tuesday evenings, Saturday mornings and the odd Full Moon. They meet at the east side of ramp #4 Saturdays at 0845H. For further information e-mail Gail Owen.

Tuesday Nite Racing - Every Tuesday 1815H Sharp


Jericho Folk Club

The JFC injects music into the soul of the Jericho Sailing Centre every Tuesday between now and the end of September. 1930H Session; 2000H Open Stage; 2120H Feature Artist. $8 admission. For more info call (604) 222-4113

JSCA Office Hours
0930H-2030H seven days a week. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx. 2010H). The office closes every Wednesday between 1230H and 1300H for our weekly staff meeting which helps us better serve the JSCA.

Coming in September:

Tasar BC's September 6 & 7
Tuesday Nite Racing September 2, 9 & 16
Sunday Racing September 14 & 21
UBC Day of the Longboat September 20/21/27/28

Upcoming JSCA Meetings:
Board September 8 @ 1900H
Operations September 15 @ 1900H
Planning September 22 @ 1900H

Safety is Your Responsibility - Tip of the Week - Rule 7

The Canada Shipping Act Collision Regulations Rule 7(a) reads " Every vessel shall use all available means appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions to determine if risk of collision exists. If there is any doubt such risk shall be deemed to exist." What this means in context to the waters around the Jericho Sailing Centre is that even though you have the right to be in the area, if you sail, paddle, row, motor or drift into an obvious race area, beginner lesson, group paddle, etc., and a collision results you may be found to be responsible even if you have the apparent right of way. An example of this occurred several years ago when a sailing vessel on Starboard tack sailed right through a beginner sailing lesson and was struck by a novice skipper on Port tack. An On Water Tribunal found the Starboard Tack vessel failed to recognize the circumstances: a closely grouped formation of yellow Escape sailing dinghies herded by an instructor in a coach boat and was found to be partially at fault. In EVERY circumstance it is everyone's responsibility to avoid a collision. For more information on safe boating tack over to: www.boatingsafety.gc.ca .

Fair winds,
Mike
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