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in the wind Jericho Sailing Centre
October 17, 2008

The Return of Wallace Field
On Saturday, October 18, 2008 the UBC Old Boys will play their last home game on Jericho Field. Since their move to the Jericho Sailing Centre in the early 1980's, the Old Boys Rugby Football Club Ravens have trod this turf as their own, they've rigorously patrolled the territory within the white lime boundaries taking on all comers, defended with honour it's goalposts, tasted it's rain swollen mud on their teeth and wiped it from their eyes, scrummed tough for every possession, ran their cleats across its grass crowned surface in every type of Vancouver weather and field condition, turned the big plays and drop kicked their leather balls to 8 City and 5 Provincial Rugby Championships. Where are the Ravens going? Nowhere, their home field is getting a new old name.

Long forgotten to most, the former Wallace Field was once the sports field for the original "members" of what is now the Jericho Sailing Centre - then the Jericho Beach Air Station. They and their mates from the entire Jericho Beach military facility fitness trained here, participated in sports here and found their escape from "on the job stress" through their leisure here. Their job, to preserve and protect the Canadian way of life for future generations.

When the Department of National Defence hastily retreated from this area surrendering it for Jericho Park in the early 1970's they misplaced a 1944 monument dedicated to members of the Royal Canadian Air Force that named the existing playing field Wallace Field. On Sunday, October 19 at 1400H there will be a Monument Dedication Ceremony for the Jericho Beach Air Station (1920-1947) and the rediscovered Wallace Field 1944 Memorial along with the North Jericho Army Base at the former Jericho Beach Air Station. From that point in time on, the rugby pitch, softball diamond and all of the sweet green Canadian grass surrounding it will be known once again as Wallace Field.

Amidst the Sunday crowd there will be a strong military flavour with all the brass band pomp and circumstance as cadets, veterans and active personnel alike honour the past, the history of what is now Jericho Park and the Jericho Sailing Centre. (There will also be enough civic politicians and political wannabes on hand to create two sides for a quick pick-up game of rugby; though none will take place it would be a more interesting way to settle an election.)

The organizers of this event are from the BC Veterans Commemorative Association, the Air Crew Association-Vancouver Branch, the Air Force Officers Association and 801 (Vancouver) Wing, Air Force Association of Canada. These fine, well seasoned gentlemen have dedicated their efforts toward helping us remember that our freedom came at a price and that they and their generation picked up the tab here through their dedication, commitment, perseverance and sacrifice.

Beyond Sunday and into the future sports like rugby, soccer, softball, ultimate, field lacrosse will be freely enjoyed by Vancouver citizens on Wallace Field. The battle cry shouts of competitors and cheers of spectators will ring and echo off the Jericho Hostel and Jericho Sailing Centre as they did in a long ago, now never to be forgotten, era. And don't worry Old Boys RFC Ravens, the mud in your eye and on your teeth, like the sweetness of victory and freedom, will taste just the same.

Footnote: The Jericho Sailing Centre Association on behalf of all of it's members has donated our facility use for this commemorative event. Our contracted food service, Jericho Foods Inc has also donated their food and beverage service.
For more information on the UBC Old Boys Rugby Football Club Ravens drop kick your mouse over to

Volunteer Paint Parties
We are looking for Latex friendly volunteers to help paint the equipment storage lockers in the Jericho Sailing Centre over the next two Saturdays. Work parties start at 1100H. Please bring your artistic clothes and we will provide the rest.

Penguin Cup Racing Series this Sunday
Sixteen boats competed in last Sunday`s Penguin Cup race. The series continues every Sunday in October. Racing starts at 1230H. Everyone welcome.

Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Oct. 26
All members are invited to attend the annual JSCA Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, October 26 at 1700H. Tickets are $10 and available in the JSCA office up until Saturday, October 25. There will be a slideshow presentation and awards bestowed upon our notable racers and volunteers. As our way of showing appreciation for our volunteers, they receive complementary tickets. If you volunteered for the JSCA in 2008 and haven't received your invitation please contact Mike or Benj in the JSCA office.

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.

Members Answer the Call for Nominations
Ten JSCA members put their hats in the ring for the election of JSCA Board of Directors at the 2008 Annual General Meeting. Seven seats are available for full two year terms with an eighth seat available to fill the seat vacated by a resigning Director. A list of candidates and a brief statement from each are available for viewing on our website at . All current JSCA members are entitled to vote at the AGM. Please bring your 2008 JSCA Membership Card or other valid picture identification to register for a ballot. Each candidate will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves at the start of the meeting and answer any questions from the members present. Voting will commence at 1800H and will conclude at 2000H unless extended by the Chair at the meeting. Sorry, there is no provision for proxy voting.

JSCA October Office Hours
0930H-1730H everyday. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx. 1815H).

Upcoming JSCA Meetings:
Planning October 21 @ 1830H
Operations October 22 @ 1900H
Annual General Meeting October 28 @ 1900H

Batten Down the Hatches We're Heading Into a Patch of Rough Weather!

Last week several boats stored in the Jericho compound went for a short sail without any crew. Every "off season" vicious wind storms rip through the Jericho Sailing Centre compound looking for loose tarps, boat covers and poorly stowed gear. When they find a loose tarp they can turn a docile hibernating boat into a flying projectile which can cause damage to neighbouring craft. Members are responsible for ensuring they have "battened down the hatches" on their equipment stored at the Jericho Sailing Centre and checking their craft after gnarly windstorms. We encourage you to check your craft regularly year round, remove any parts or equipment that can be easily removed (most thefts occur between Oct.-April) and make sure water doesn't collect inside your hull (if it freezes and expands it can cause major damage).

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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