Jericho Sailing Centre
IN THIS ISSUE
When the shadow clicked past the old sundial odometer on April
1, 2009, a nautical milestone was passed in this city named
after a prominent seafarer. On that day the Jericho Sailing
Centre marked the launch of it's 35th season providing low cost,
naturally powered small craft ocean access programs, facilities
and services accessible to all Vancouverites.
On November 24, 1974 the fledgling non-profit, volunteer driven,
passion fueled, non-taxpayer funded, user supported Jericho
Sailing Centre Association was formed and between then and April
1, 1975 reached a tentative one year agreement with the Vancouver
Board of Parks and Recreation to provide Vancouverites, thirsty
for low cost recreation on the sea, with Community Centre style
access. Since our humble beginnings when we served a few hundred
people the population of Vancouver has doubled and demand for
ocean access has increased exponentially. In 2008 more than
15,000 people from throughout the city and Metro Vancouver area,
from all walks of life, from all of life's circumstances, launched
from the Jericho Sailing Centre and experienced Vancouver's
marine environment first hand.
Throughout this year the Jericho Sailing Centre Association
welcomes all Vancouverites to join us in the celebration of
our city's marine environment, seaside heritage and the unique
recreational opportunities available through the Jericho Sailing
Centre, Vancouver's Ocean Access Community Centre.
Off a Beach - Jericho Wharf Update
Park Board prepares shady process to keep costly toxic
waste on Jericho Beach
When you spend your life around sea level you become keenly
aware when something smells fishy. Vancouver citizens, catching
a whiff of the westerly Pacific spring breeze are about to discover
that something just died on Central Jericho beach.
The July 2008 Park Board decision to retain 5,000sq ft. of the
former Department of National Defense wharf for viewing and
commemorative purposes and return the rest of Central Jericho
Beach to it's natural state is about to be suddenly capsized
as the widespread public consultation it was based on is shanghaied
The newly elected Park Board, at their March 23 meeting, beholding
to a small determined group of wharf advocates, voted 4-2 (Commissioners
Robertson & MacKinnon dissenting) to disregard the economically,
environmentally and democratically sound decision made by the
former Park Board. The democratic process, open to every citizen,
has been swept aside, tossed overboard, and a new "public"
process is being fashioned which will include only a select
few at twice the cost of the original. A cynic might say that
the outcome will be predetermined by "who" the select
Details of the new process are expected to be revealed sometime
in the next couple of weeks. They will be reported "in
the wind" and the JSCA will encourage everyone who cares
about Jericho Park's environment, natural history, flexibility
of future use, as well as responsible use of taxpayer dollars
and democratic principles, to get involved.
Meanwhile, that sloshing sound you hear is the projected annual
maintenance bill of $60-$100,000 required for a rehabilitated
wharf ebbing and flowing from taxpayer pockets through 400 ocean
toxic creosote pilings supporting 11/2 acres of wasted crumbling
concrete park space that, since the dark days of World War II
has shaded and shielded a historic culturally significant shore,
keeping the sun and citizens off of Central Jericho Beach. Couldn't
those taxpayer dollars be better spent somewhere else?
The Jericho Galley is
now open 7 days a week (weather depending)
Weekdays 1100H - Sunset
- Weekends 0930H - Sunset
Boat Wash Weekends April 4&4, 11&12 ,18&19
Time to stow the snow gear, get off the couch and get your
boat ready for the new season. No more procrastinating, the
JSCA will provide buckets, long handled brushes and a pressure
washer available to members who have paid their 2009 fees. 0930H-1700H.
|Penguin Cup Race
Series April 5 & 12
The naval conflict begins in earnest this Sunday as the JSCA
launches another season of dinghy sail racing. 1230H.
|Flights of Spring Regatta
April 18 & 19
|Ocean and Earth Day at the Jericho Sailing
Saturday April 18 1100H-1600H
"Celebrate nature and community with Evergreen's 9th Annual
Earth Day celebration. Together with the Jericho Stewardship
Group, we invite you to join in and help plant trees, shrubs
and wildflowers to restore habitat at Jericho Park.
This family-friendly event will feature an entertaining journey
with a processional band, a day-long drum circle, hands-on activities,
First Nations storytelling, fantastic food and more.
No planting experience is required. Tools and gloves will be
provided. Bus, bike or walk and leave the car at home."
|Ocean Day "Save Jericho Beach"
BBQ April 18 1600-1930H
Once all the seeds of Earth Day have been sown, the JSCA Board
of Directors invites all members and our guests to join them
for a Jericho Sailing Centre 35th Anniversary Earth Day "Save
Jericho Beach" BBQ commencing at 1600H. Plan to celebrate
the earth, the ocean, the beach and the salt of the earth people
at Vancouver's Ocean Access Community Centre.
|Jericho Rescue Team Training
Course April 25 & 26
The Jericho Rescue Team is looking for experienced sailors,
windsurfers, paddlers and rowers who are interested in developing
their seamanship and water safety skills, and are willing to
volunteer to assist their fellow boaters. The Jericho Rescue
Team provides safety and rescue support for all on-water events
facilitated by the JSCA. This year our Rescue Team members will
provide rescue coverage for the over 90 on-water event days
on our 2009 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up
for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted
on April 25 & 26. We provide training in water safety and
seamanship, Boathandling, boat rescue and first aid. Course
graduates must complete ongoing Rescue Team training including
the Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, VHF Radio Licence,
emergency first aid and CPR Certification (all provided). If
you are interested please contact Benj, Rory or myself in the
Jericho office to discuss your qualification for this program.
|Jericho Hobie Fleet #214 Kitty Litter:
Hobie Spring Cleaning & Upcoming Vancouver Regatta June
21st to 22nd
Spring cleaning not only happens in the home but at the sailing
yard! We hope to provide interesting articles once a month to
fellow cat sailors and welcome anyone interested in learning
more about catamarans whether it be socially or racing. For
those who have boats in need of repair, we have attached a link
to our most recent issue of Hobie Hotline. In it, there is an
article on page 12 to 13 called "This Old Hobie" on
Non-Skid Repair that will help give you tips needed to get you
on the water this season!
Also, Hobie Fleet 214 is looking forward to yet another successful
regatta season across the North West and will be taking part
in the Hobie North American Championships held at Lake Havasu
in November = 15 knots, warm breeze and desert lake sailing.
For those staying within town, Hobie will be hosting their annual
Vancouver regatta on the Hobie Circuit which brings out at least
30+ boats on the water and makes for a great weekend to meet
fellow skippers and hear tales of lore. This family friendly
regatta will be held on June 21st to 22nd and welcomes sailors
from as far as Oregon, Washington and Vancouver Island. If you
have any questions, you can contact us through our fleet
|JSCA's 35th Anniversary Fundraising
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***
***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
Memberships provided 3,500
Clubs accommodated 38
Guests served 15,000
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
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).
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Please consider supporting JSCA through this year's Annual Giving
Operations April 7 @ 1900H (Storage Appeals)
Food & Beverage April 8 @ 1900H
JSCA Board April 14 @ 1900H
Committee minutes and meeting schedules can be found on our
website at www.jsca.bc.ca to facilitate member awareness and
involvement in their one of a kind, world class, ocean access
|JSCA Office Hours in April - 0930 - 1730 hrs
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|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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