The Return of Wallace Field
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.
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
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
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 www.ubcravensrugby.com
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.
Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Oct.
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
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
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 www.jsca.bc.ca . 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
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
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 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
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