|In The Wind
|Newsletter of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association
||September 18, 2009
Here is what's "in the wind", upcoming events and items of interest to the 3,500 members of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association.
Jericho Beach Air Station Presentation
Tuesday, September 22 @ 1900H
The Jericho Sailing Centre (former Jericho Beach Air Station Marine & Stores Building) proudly hosts author Chris Weicht's presentation on the history of the Jericho Beach Air Station 1921-1947.
From the shores of Jericho these brave aviation pioneers launched and flew their "Dr. Seuss-like" flying machines to map and chart the BC coast, deliver people, supplies and mail to remote communities, survey for the forestry industry and work with Canada Customs to stem the tide of rum runners.
Come find out more about this little known piece of Vancouver history and view Chris' comprehensive collection of historic photos. Seating is limited, get your tix in advance at the JSCA Office- $10 Public, $5 for JSCA Members.
|Longboats Here This Weekend
The big event happens September 26 & 27 but the Jericho Sailing Centre will be fairly busy this weekend as 3,500 participants in UBC Rec's "Day of the Longboat" each receive a 1 hr. training session. They don't all come at once so don't let this change any of your launching plans.
Jericho Beach Air Station - 1937
Nice Beach, Now Where's the Wharf at?
The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
will be resuming further public consultation
on the future of the concrete wharf
just east of the Jericho Sailing Centre commencing in the next few weeks. The previous Park Board decided to remove all but the 5,000 sq. ft. eastern most section returning the historic beach to it's natural state. Concrete wharf advocates have complained that the complete wharf should be preserved for historical purposes, yet for the majority of the history of the Jericho Beach Air Station, operations were actually carried out from the natural beach
as evidenced in this 1937 photograph from the Vancouver Archives. "in the wind" will update JSCA members and other nature lovers
of the process as it is revealed. For more info on the process to date flip flop over to www.savejerichobeach.ca .
Jennifer Goes Strait
Weterings launched her rowing shell from Naniamo on a grey September 5 morning
and never looked back. Well actually, she never looked forward. Jen's epic oar
odyssey across Georgia Strait
took place after 5
months of rigorous training and was completed in a hand blistering, bum numbing
nine hours. Her average speed was 8 knots and she received a warm welcome on
the way into English Bay by a few of her fellow Jericho rowers and paddlers.
Describing her voyage as "absolutely
fantastic!" Jen said, "I had a fabulous support team, with Corby (Armstrong) and
his brother Niels running the escort boat the 'Forte' and Kari Streufert
providing ongoing coaching and reassurance and the best dog ever....Mason.
What an experience, it was really something."
Jen's Strait crossing raised over $1,000 toward a new dock for the Disabled Sailing Association of BC and it's not too late for you to jump on board. Skull over to http://www.canadahelps.org/gp/5026
In Jen's words "Thank you and everyone for the fabulous support."
Jericho Sailing Centre Etiquette
sense and consideration of fellow members help make the Jericho Sailing Centre
a true community centre with a friendly atmosphere. Here are a few etiquette
reminders to keep sailing along smoothly:
· the areas adjacent to
launching ramps are for craft launch/retrieval only. Do not rig, repair or
otherwise loiter in this area.
· launch dollies are for
launching/retrieval only (not for
storage) and must be returned to the fence immediately after use.
· if you launch from your own
dolly or trailer return it to your storage spot after launching.
do not use the winches unless you are familiar
with their safe operation. Winch instruction is available from staff or Rescue
Team members. Only members or registered guests may use winches & dollies.
· only leashed, well behaved
dogs are allowed in the compound, no
dogs are allowed in the building or on the deck. Do not tie dogs to the
base of stairwells or in other traffic areas. Do not leave your dog onshore
while you are on the water. The City prohibits dogs on beaches. In
consideration of other Jericho
users please consider leaving your dog at home while visiting the Jericho
· the Jericho Sailing Centre
is a Smoke Free Facility-thank you for not smoking anywhere within our
· Please coil hoses
immediately after use and conserve water.
· Do not block aisle ways.
JSCA Annual General Meeting Date Set
Jericho Sailing Centre Association Notice of Annual General
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 email@example.com.
|Fall Compound Clean-up Volunteer Workparty October 10 & 17 Noon-1600H
The JSCA welcomes all members to attend our Fall Compound Clean-up volunteer workparties October 10 & 17. We will be going through the boat storage compound with a fine tooth comb removing any refuse or non-boat junk. Members who have belongings other than their boat in their Jericho Sailing Centre compound storage space are advised to move it prior to October 8 or possibly lose it.
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