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in the wind Jericho Sailing Centre
January 23, 2009
JSCA 35th Anniversary
1974-2009 January 23, 2009

Ahoy Members:

Happy New Year! As time's odometer spins through 2009 the members of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association have another reason to celebrate life by the sea at Vancouver's Ocean Access Community Centre. The JSCA was born 35 years ago when a small crew of dinghy sailor's launched their dream of a low cost, ocean access facility for small, naturally powered craft accessible to all. The 35th Anniversary will be our anchor theme throughout 2009 as the JSCA looks back and celebrates our history as well as looks forward to navgate our curse for the future. We welcome all of our members to climb back on board and join us for another fantastic voyage in 2009.

Vancouver Boat Show February 4-8

JSCA Volunteers Wanted!
We still have several openings for members to help crew the Jericho Sailing Centre Association's display booth at the Vancouver International Boat Show February 4-8. Members who volunteer for a two hour "watch" will gain free admission to the show and the admiration of show going seafarers from all over. A great place to meet people and shoot the breeze about the Jericho Sailing Centre and all of the low cost ocean access opportunities we provide. The following berths are available; please email me if you'd like to sign on:
Wednesday, February 4
1100-1300H; 1300-1500H; 1500-1700H; 1700-1900H.
Thursday, February 5
1100-1300H;1300-1500H; 1500-1700H; 1700-1900H; 1900-2100H.
Friday, February 6
1300-1500H; 1500-1700H.
Saturday, February 7
1300-1500H; 1500-1700H; 1700-1900H; 1900-2100H.
Sunday, February 8
1000-1300H; 1500-1700H.

After the Thaw - It's Boat Check Time

Serious Snow Damage
The heavy snow load and freezing temperatures have taken their toll on some of the plastic masterpieces moored to the grass in the Jericho Sailing Centre compound over the past month. If you haven't seen your pride and joy work of art, your sculptured sea craft, since last year, come down check it out, bail it out, tuck in the tarp and show it some TLC. This spring, as you`re skipping merrily through waves unscathed by the weather warps of winter, you`ll be glad you did. Meanwhile, your neighbours who neglected to take the time will be stuck on shore squinting to read the directions on their cold cure epoxy kits.

JSCA's Annual Action Plan 2009

More Committee meetings are on the schedule in the further development of the JSCA's Annual Action Plan for 2009. The meetings are open and all members are invited to participate in the management of our unique ocean access facility.

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE (Next Meeting January 28 @ 1900H)
The agenda will include discussion around the 2009 Jericho Sailing Centre Compound Development plan and the process for dealing with inactive craft.

PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE (Next Meeting February 3 @ 1900H)
The agenda will include website development and JSCA's Racing Schedule.

PLANNING COMMITTEE (Next Meeting January 29 @ 1900H)
The agenda will include development of JSCA's next 5 Year Strategic Plan which will go into effect in 2010.

SAFETY COMMITTEE (Next Meeting February 7 @ 1000H)
The agenda will include purchasing of new Jericho Rescue Team equipment and annual refit on JSCA's craft. This meeting will be held at the BC Place Stadium during the Vancouver Boat Show-please RSVP your attendance by Feb. 5 to arrange for entry.

All JSCA Board and Committee minutes and meeting schedules can be found on our website at to facilitate member awareness and involvement in their world class, one of a kind, ocean access community centre.

2009 JSCA Annual Invoices Mailed

By now you should have received your invoice for 2009 JSCA Membership and Storage fees in the mail. The invoices are not due until April 1, however, you will receive a 2% discount if you pay before February 15 - check your investment portfolio and you won't find a better return on your hard earned treasure than 2% over six weeks.
If you haven't received your invoice in the mail please contact the office asap.

JSCA 35th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign

Thank you to all the members who have participated in the JSCA's 35th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign to date - so far, your response has been outstanding. Members are directing their donations to the following categories:
1) Compound Enhancement
2) Building Enhancement
3) Jericho Rescue
4) Disabled Sailing Association Dock Fund***
5) General
***As the JSCA is not a registered charity, if you require a charitable receipt for tax purposes please direct your donation to the DSA Dock Fund and the DSA will send you a receipt.

The JSCA Fundraising Committee developed the following letter which was included in the annual JSCA invoicing package explaining the JSCA 35th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign:

For 35 years, The Jericho Sailing Centre Association has operated as a not-for-profit society dedicated to low cost ocean access recreation. As the largest community-based aquatic association of its kind in Canada, we're proud of what we've been able to offer our members and the public. During 2008, JSCA's achievements were remarkable:

Memberships provided 3,400
Clubs accommodated 38
Guests served 10,000
Youth participants in lessons 4,600
(sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, skimboarding)
Disabled Sailing Assoc. sessions 900
Competition events hosted 70
Mariners in distress rescued 241
(by our volunteer Rescue Team)

Great! What about next year? Despite these impressive accomplishments, and the increasing demand for memberships and services, JSCA currently faces more challenges than ever. As the Association doesn't receive taxpayer or government funding, it depends solely on its members and other users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to fund the annual operating budget as well as essential upgrades, enhancements and improvements for the benefit of all members, guests and other participants.

What can be done? As we develop alternative fundraising initiatives to ensure the smooth operation of the Jericho Sailing Centre now and in the foreseeable future, we're pleased to introduce JSCA's first Annual Giving Campaign.

What's the goal of Annual Giving? The Annual Giving Fund represents the ongoing contributions by members and friends of the Jericho Sailing Centre who wish to provide much needed continuing support for the Centre. The goal of this year's Annual Giving Fund is to raise $40,000. Monies raised will be applied towards JSCA's Building and Compound Enhancement, Jericho Safety & Rescue, and additional facilities for the Disabled Sailing Association. If you're passionate about the Jericho Sailing Centre, have benefited from all it has to offer individuals, families and children, and want to see the legacy of this spectacular facility and location continue to thrive, Annual Giving is a great way to give back to the Centre. JSCA needs your support. Your gift, whatever the size, will make a difference.

Can I direct my gift? You certainly can! You may choose to contribute an unrestricted gift to the General Fund that can be used in the area of greatest need as directed by the JSCA Board. You can also choose to direct your donation to an area of JSCA you feel most passionate about. JSCA also welcomes planned giving and living legacy giving (please contact the office for more information).

How can I make a contribution? Include your donation with your annual JSCA fees or download the Donation Form from our website and fax it to 604-224-4168, or mail or drop it off in person at JSCA, 1300 Discovery St., Vancouver, BC V6R 4L9 (Tel 604-224-4177).

Please consider supporting JSCA through this year's Annual Giving Campaign.
Thank you.

CYA Race Management Course at Jericho

BC Sailing Race Management Courses
Level 1 -- Saturday, February 21, 2009
9:00 pm till noon

Suitable for those who want to serve on a club race committee.
Introduction to sailboat racing, basic race signals and procedures.
No experience required.
Cost $20, which includes a copy of our new CYA book "Join the Race Committee"
Register by calling 604 224-4177 by Thursday, February 19.


Level 2 -- Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Sunday

Suitable for those who want to serve as a Race Officer leading a club race committee. Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, starting lines, course layout, start sequences, flags and signals, control of races underway, finishes. Experience as a member of a race committee or as a racing sailor is important.
Cost $35, which includes a copy of the CYA Race Management Manual (or $25 if you already have one).
Lunch will be available at Jericho both days (not included in course fee).

For the Level 2 course, a 2009 rule book is required. You may order a copy when you register if necessary. (also available in the JSCA office $20 +gst)

Register by calling 604 224-4177 by Thursday, February 19


These courses are provided by the Race Management Committee of BC Sailing.

For further information, please call John Culter at 604 742-883

Fair winds,

Mike Cotter
Jericho Sailing Centre

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