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Jericho Sailing Centre Association
April 29, 2009
in the wind

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 April 30-May 7, 2009 and beyond:

In This Issue
Racing begins

Safety Seminar

Learn to Race
Jericho Website
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Racing with the Wind
Weekly Sail Racing Programs Start this Sunday

It most probably started with the creation of the world's second sailboat, or possibly the first boat's need to outrace a herd of inclement clouds. Whatever it's beginning, the lure of sail racing is well routed in the charts of nautical history and the call has been heard and heeded by sailors all over the globe throughout all of the written pages of time.

History is filled with billowing white sailed ships that raced to first explore the planet and plant their country's flag. Sailing ships raced to get their perishable cargo to developing world markets first. Galleons once raced their enemies for the "weather gage", that advantageous position upwind from which to let loose their cannons and hoist the flag of victory.

To sail race successfully one must be completely in tune with all of the elements of wind and sea despite and against the annoying flock of competitors around you. You have to read every breath of wind on the water and react. Bearing down in puffs, heading up in lulls. Tack on the wind shift headers; let her fly on the lifts. Bring the wind and the sea into harmony to most effectively propel your hull's path through every wave, every piece of chop. Even the ripples are golden as you milk Mother Nature for every drop of her precious energy to make boat speed, the sweetest nectar of the sea, while employing centuries old tactics, using even older technology to skillfully demolish those friends and foes who are unhappily
eating your wake.

This Sunday at 1230H the call will be answered at the Jericho Sailing Centre And while they hope to gather within herds of galloping white seahorses herded by a sunny twelve knot westerly breeze, they will come whatever the weather, because the pre-start has begun and they must answer their call.

"In racing, there is nothing more pleasurable than seeing disaster strike the boat in front of you." Neil Dronsfeld former JSCA Racer

Sunday Racing 1230H every non-regatta Sunday through Sept 13
Tuesday Nite Racing 1815 every Tuesday May 5-Sept.8

MacSailing Volvo Ocean Racing Challenge

MacSailing School Co-owner, Dave Thomas, former Canadian Olympic Sailing Team Coach, has his virtual Volvo Ocean Series racing yacht tied up in Boston Harbour awaiting the next leg of the race and is extending the following challenge to those who might be tempted to skipper their desk across the Atlantic to sail racing glory:
A friendly challenge from MacSailing.

Check out this online game. Race the Volvo boats on your computer against 190K other sailors.
Care for a friendly wager? MacSailing has a friendly wager for beers after Tuesday night racing for all of you 'investors'.

The wager is:

Beat all four members of Dave's four boat team on the next leg and he will buy you a pitcher after the Tuesday night racing on 'coaching night'. Beat only one or none of us and you invest in one for Dave's team. To accept the challenge send Dave an email at

English Bay Safety Seminars May 4 @ 1900 H

This 2 hour seminar covers all the known hazards in English Bay as experienced by members over the past 35 years and chronicled in the logs of the Jericho Rescue Team. Why learn the hard way in nature's harsh elements? Learn from the mistakes of others in a nice dry classroom. RSVP JSCA Office.

Rookie Racing Seminars June 13 @ 1000 H

Want to learn how to sail race? Come to the Rookie Racing Seminar on June 13 from 1000H-1200H in the NE Meeting Room. Our Tuesday Nite Racing PRO, Benj Rummen, will simplify the rules and explain basic strategies and tactics. This program is free to JSCA members, $75 for non-members. Please RSVP JSCA Office.

Save Jericho Beach

This 2 hour seminar covers all the known hazards in English Bay as experienced by members over the past 35 years and chronicled in the logs of the Jericho Rescue Team. Why learn the hard way in nature's harsh elements? Learn from the mistakes of others in a nice dry classroom. RSVP JSCA Office. Other dates for this program are June 1& 22, July 13 &7, August 10.  

Jericho Folk Club

The JFC injects music into the soul of the Jericho Sailing Centre every Tuesday between now and the end of September. 1930H Session; 2000H Open Stage; 2120H Feature Artist. $8 admission. For more info call (604) 222-4113

SOS Season Opening Sailpast May 23

" an important tradition linking us to history as < mariners> generally, and as members of Jericho Sailing Centre in particular."
The SOS is important to you to ensure that all of your ocean excursions this season are blessed with favourable weather. There was a skimpy turnout in 2008 and it rained on 7 out of 8 summer weekends-let's not make the same mistake again. The SOS is also an important part of the Jericho OPEN HOUSE as it gives our visiting landlubbers an opportunity to see the Jericho Sailing Centre in action.

Jericho Members-sail, paddle, windsurf, row, whatever you like to do here, come out and do it on

Saturday, May 23 between 1300H and 1500H .
Sailing Dinghies 1300H-1330H;
Windsurfers 1330H-1400H;
Paddlers 1400H-1430H;
Rowers, Sailing Canoes and Stand Paddlers 1430H-1500H.

35th Anniversary Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE

The annual Jericho Boat Show Open House on Saturday, May 23 is from Noon-1600H. Bring your landlubber friends, co-workers, neighbours and relatives down to the Centre on that day to check out all of the ocean access opportunities available to them. Our schools, clubs and fleets will be on hand with sign-up information and displays.

Send us your Jericho Sailing Centre Photos

We are looking for "Jericho style" photos to spice up our website, newsletter and promote the Jericho Sailing Centre. Please send us your photos with a brief description.

UNPAID Craft Flagged - Subject to Loss of Storage Privileges

Haven't paid your JSCA fees yet? Consider this: JSCA Storage Policy states that when storage and/or membership fees become overdue 30 days they may be removed from the compound at the owner's expense. Any craft removed from the compound must go on the waiting list before coming back in. With an ever growing waiting list for ground storage, the JSCA will be following this course.

Jericho Rescue Team Training Course
This past weekend 14 JSCA members went through the annual Jericho Rescue Team Training Course. Many thanks to our fine senior instructors Ray Douthwaite and Andrei Bredin. Honorable mention to our rescue dummies Stephen Chessor and Tegan Peacock.
Your Safety, and that of Your Crew, is Your Responsibility

There are elements of risk to ocean recreation that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the ocean always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe ocean experience.

It is every member's responsibility to know and observe the rules of the road when on or near the water. Here are some key rules which every Jericho member must know and practice.

1. Always wear your P.F.D. on the water.
2. Sail powered craft have the right of way over power craft, paddle and rowing powered craft.
3. All non-commercial vessels shall keep well clear of commercial vessels.
4. It is illegal and extremely dangerous to pass between a tug and it's tow.
5. A port tack sailing vessel shall keep clear of a starboard tack vessel.
6. A windward vessel shall keep clear of a leeward vessel.
7. A vessel clear astern shall keep clear of a vessel ahead.
8. Any vessel overtaking another shall keep clear.
9. A vessel tacking or gybing shall keep clear of a vessel on a tack.
10.The area south of the orange can buoys is for training or transiting only.
11.Swimming or wading on the beach in front of the Centre is prohibited and is particularly dangerous for small children.
12.It is unsafe to loiter or let children play near the bottom of launching ramps.
13. Stay well clear of the end of the Jericho Pier as fishers cast lines as far as possible
14. Be cautious of pathway traffic when launching/retrieving
15. Do not leave your craft on the shoreline for extended periods of time

Common sense goes a long way toward maintaining a safe environment. Membership in the Jericho Sailing Centre Association is contingent on members knowing and observing the Safe Ocean Sailing rules.

Fair winds,

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