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 November 14-20, 2008 and beyond:
Robertson Champions Jericho
Park Board Vice-chair Ian Robertson, pictured here starting
the 2008 Canadian Outrigger Championships, is a strong supporter
of low cost, non-motor powered ocean access for Vancouverites
through the Jericho Sailing Centre.
the Park Board Planning meeting in June 2008 Vancouver Park
Board Planning Chair Marty Zlotnik stated that sailors in Vancouver
are over served and he favours the development of a large marina
facility catering to power boaters right next to the Jericho
and the Ugly.
Sea Otter's Breath
Sailing Centre Association General Manager Mike Cotter grows
whiskers after appearing to comment on Park Board Candidates
on the eve of the 2008 civic election. Mike's opinions are his
own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the JSCA
or its Board of Directors.
Kayak to Work Week November 17-23
Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition is encouraging Vancouverites
to participate in "Bike to Work Week" November 17-23,
2008. You can register under your workplace or scroll down to
JSCA (Jericho Sailing Centre Association) and ad yourself to
our organization's registration - either way VACC's program
will calculate the amount of pollution you don't put into the
air. For more information and to register pedal over to: www.vacc.bc.ca/biketowork
Time to Check Your Boat
Thursday's wind storm ripped through the Jericho Sailing Centre
compound send some boats flying, loosening tarps, boat covers
and poorly stowed gear. JSCA staff contacted the owners of the
most obviously affected craft however the next storm could turn
a tarp loosened by this past storm into a spinnaker turning
your boat into a flying projectile. 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).
Donate to the Disabled Sailing Association Floating Dock Fund
Are you considering making a charitable donation this year?
Did you know that the first Disabled Sailing Association in
Canada here at the Jericho Sailing Centre is now one of 40 in
our country and the only one without a floating dock facility?
In 2008 the DSA launched 800-900 sails here from the Jericho
Sailing Centre but many more people were left on shore due to
inaccessibility of ramp launched craft at lower tides. A dock
facility would effectively increase their capacity by 50% allowing
more people to escape their earthly bonds and experience the
freedom of sailing over the sea.
The Disabled Sailing Association has set up a designated fund
to assist with financing a new dock facility. It is now possible
for people to make donations and receive charitable receipts
via the DSA website at www.disabilityfoundation.org/dsa
Click "Donate Now through Canada Helps" under "Fund/Designation"
click "Jericho Floating Dock Project". A charitable
tax receipt will be sent via email. For more information you
can contact Duane Geddes at the Disability Foundation (604)688-6464.
JSCA November Office Hours
0900H-1700H everyday. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at
Dusk. (approx. 1630H).
Upcoming JSCA Meetings:
Planning/Operations November 18 @ 1900H
Ad Hoc Fundraising November 24 @ 1900H
Annual Fleet Planning November 25 @ 1900H
Food & Beverage November 26 @ 1900H
Board December 9 @ 1900H
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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