Jericho Sailing Centre Association
September 11, 2009
in the wind

Ahoy Members
Here is what's "in the wind". Coming events and items of interest to members of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association for the week of September 11-18, 2009 and beyond.
In This Issue
Junior Sail Racing
Jericho History
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Emerging Sea Power:
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Jr. Regatta Experiences "Big Mac" Attack
There was a noticeable murmur at the awards banquet of the Royal Vancouver
Yacht Club's "Commodore's Cup" dinghy sailing regatta last week as the names of trophy winning junior sailors and their respective member organizations were announced. Among parents of the 8 area yacht club participants represented "Where is this 'MacSailing'?" was heard as a steady stream of smiling young JSCA junior members approached the RVYC
Commodore to shake hands and receive their award. Of the 19 trophies awarded that evening, 6 went to MacSailing Junior Sail Race Team crews who sailed out of the Jericho Sailing Centre. As Butch Cassidy once said to
the Sundance Kid: "Who are these guys?!"

Three years ago MacSailing co-owner Dave Thomas set a goal to develop a successful Junior Sail Race Team at the Jericho Sailing Centre. With a limited number of boats Dave
funnelled promising graduates from the MacSailing Youth Summer Optimist, Escape and CYA Bronze IV programs into ongoing race training programs including "Drop-in" sail race coaching sessions. The older kids, with an eye to becoming future sailing instructors, volunteered heaps of time as boat caddys, preparing equipment for regular sailing classes and in return receiving valuable experience and ongoing boat access. Dave, a former Coach of very successful Canadian Olympic Sailing Teams, attributes much of this team's success to MacSailing's young coach/instructors and their volunteer "instructor wannabe" Team members who help mentor the younger kids.

One of the most remarkable things about the success of the MacSailing Junior Sail Race Team is that it hasn't been achieved using the top end
equipment utilized by their yacht club competitors. These young sailors have been using rag tag equipment right out of the (think low cost, accessible programs) MacSailing rental & lesson fleet. The regularly abused and repaired, often ancient equipment, where duct tape is sometimes
structural and sails are stretched to the max puts this junior sailing team at a distinct racing disadvantage.

Dave's goal for next year is to further develop the MacSailing Junior Sail Racing Team by involving more kids and providing more and better equipment will be a key component to continued future success. To that end Dave is offering a 2 year MacSailing season's pass to anyone who donates a race able boat (Optimist, Laser, 420, Pirate) to the Junior Race Team. The JSCA is also considering ways to give the program a boost. If you would like to support a Junior Sail Race Team out of the Jericho Sailing Centre you can contact Dave at

MacSailing Junior Race Team Commodore's Cup Results:
1st Nicholas Loewen
2nd Ross Morrison
1st Maren Bradbrooke
3rd Max Cameron
2nd Christopher Chou & Justin Yo
3rd David Bach & Roman Topic

Rounding out the MacSailing Junior Race Team presence at the 2009 Commodore's Cup Regatta were: Paul Burril, Kevin Wright, Jonas Bradbrooke, Chris Troyens, Shona Massey, Roslyn Massey, Kia Meiklejohn, Charlotte Rogers, Chris Kovacs, Cristian Edmonds, Julian Fawkes, Braden Gaerber, Luke Ruston, Hans Senger, Kitty Luo and Hayley Cotter.
JSCA Volunteer Work Party - Saturday, September 12 @ 1130H

Beach clean-up and blackberry removal.
Sunday Racing

Last Sunday Race of the season this weekend, Sept. 13 at 1230H
Jericho Beach Airstation Presentation - September 22 @ 1900H
The Jericho Beach Airstation was an important part of British Columbia's aviation history. Established in 1921 the Jericho Beach Airstation facilitated flying boats used to chart and map the BC Coast, survey tree stands for the fledgling forestry industry, deliver people, supplies and mail to remote coastal communities and during prohibition, worked with Canada Customs to help stem the tide of swashbuckling rumrunners.
Come to the last surviving building of the Jericho Beach Airstation, the Jericho Sailing Centre, and learn more about this colourful piece of Vancouver history. Chris Weicht, author of "Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Boat Stations" will present his slideshow of historic photographs and discuss the little known aviation history of this area on Tuesday, September 22 at 1900H. Tickets are available at the JSCA office $10 for the public or $5 for JSCA Members. Seating is limited so make sure you get your ticket asap.

Longboats Coming!

The largest annual event to take place at the Jericho Sailing Centre is the UBC Rec "Day of the Longboat" which actually takes place over 4 days. The clinic weekend where each of the 3,500 participants receives one hour of dryland and on water training is September 19 & 20. The big event takes place September 26 & 27 from 0800H-1700H. For more information or to register for Day of the Longboat paddle over to
JSCA Annual General Meeting Date Set

Jericho Sailing Centre Association
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 27 at 1900H
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 36th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 1900H in the English Bay Banquet Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2008/2009 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 community centre.
Call for Nominations
Voting will take place to elect eight members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors.   The J.S.C.A. Board meets once a month to set policy and determine Jericho's direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 13.   The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.   For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email
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
Upcoming Meetings:

JSCA Board September 14
Correction Notice: Friendly Fire

In last week's "in the wind" we mentioned that one of our members who paddled within 100M of a Canadian warship at anchor in English Bay had an "M16" rifle pointed in his direction as a crewman ordered him to move away. Thank you to Lt. Commander Andrew Kerr of our Sea Cadet group who pointed out that the Canadian Navy does not use M16s and that the weapon was likely a C7. In any event we would like to remind all members that you must stay at least 100 M away from any ship anchored in the Port of Vancouver.
Safety is Your Responsibility - Shorter Days and Cooler Temperatures

As we enter the last two weeks of summer Jericho members are reminded that we lose a couple of minutes of daylight (sunset tonight is 1935H) each day so keep an eye on the time of sunset and remember that the wind often shuts off abruptly within an hour of dusk. Don't sail any further from the centre than you would like to paddle and remember your paddle. Also, as we approach Fall, water temperatures are noticeably cooler-make sure you and your crew are appropriately dressed for cold water immersion.
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