Jericho Sailing Centre Association
December 10, 2009
in the wind

  
Ahoy JSCA Members
Here is what's "in the wind", coming events and items of interest to the 3,500 members of the JSCA and other users of the Jericho Sailing Centre for December/January and beyond.
In This Issue
Watch the O @ Jericho
America's Cup Coverage
5 Year Plan
2010 Events
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The "O" Word Comes to Jericho in 2010
There's a notable event coming to Vancouver in 2010 and the Jericho Sailing Centre is going to be a part of it. Maybe not a significant enough part to actually be able to mention the name of the event or display its symbols without getting a freedom of speech numbing, tongue tweaking from the organizers, but our organization, along with all Vancouver citizen's, will be proudly sharing the role of host.

Even if we can't really say the event name in the same sentence as Vancouver twenty ten (2010) to promote the Jericho Sailing Centre and all of our programs, facilities and services, the winter "O" word will be front and centre here at sea level between February 10-March 2 as our building will be the official clubhouse of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation's Vancouver 2010 "O" word (they're not allowed to use it either) RV Campground.

The Jericho Sailing Centre has long been Vancouver's unofficial training centre for local summer Olympians, Olympic medalists, Olympic hopefuls, Olympic wannabes and Olympic dreamers in the unfrozen water sports of sailing paddling, rowing and triathlon. We probably shouldn't be mentioning that either, at least not in the same paragraph as Vancouver 2010. Oh, oh.

We invite all of our members and their guests to join in the Vancouver 2010 winter "O" word festivities at the Jericho Sailing Centre. The Galley Patio and Grill will be open from 0800H-2200H (hours subject to change) and we are expecting guests from all over the world to take in "O" word action on our high definition big screen TV's.  Go "O" Canada!
 
February 2010
Polar Opposites Attract - 2010 America's Cup Comes to Jericho

There's the same feeling that you get driving slowly past an accident for some Jericho Sailor's when it comes to following the America's Cup-root beer budget boaters somewhat reluctantly gawking in awe like stray dogs out in the cold looking in on a royal banquet at champagne bow sprayed billion dollar syndicates fuelling highly paid professional crews to match race wind and water powered rocket ships in pursuit of the oldest active trophy in sport. Even the proudly frugalest of sailors just can't look away.

English nobleman, Henry William Paget, the Marquess of Anglesey, first laid down the canvas gauntlet in 1851 by putting up the "Royal Yacht Squadron Cup" to the winner of the Annual Regatta around the Isle of Wight. An upstart American syndicate from the fledgling New York Yacht Club picked it up and soundly slapped the English on their own waters with a dominating performance by the sailing schooner "America", victoriously claiming the prize, changing its name to the "America's Cup " and over the next hundred and twenty six years, contending from American shores, refusing to give it back- to anyone.
 
The revolving door syndicates of the "Challenger" and "Defender " of the Americas Cup have long dueled with serious resources and ground breaking boat designs and in the end it's always been about the boat design. For the past century and a half or so, the thirsty quest to drink from the America's Cup has been broad reaching the evolution of sailing.

As with accidents, sometimes the America's Cup is a curious spectacle. Like when its rules have been challenged and decided in court by sea lawyers or when the sailing craft have diverged so radically in design and performance only an Aesop's fable could bail out the second place finisher. 2010 could be one of those years as the wing powered catamaran Swiss "Defender "Alinghi will be swapping tacks and gybes with the articulating wing trimaran American "Challenger" Oracle.

A curious match-up, the venue and dates already had to be decided in court. From here this will be a Darwinian showdown that will likely see some ideas evolve and trickle down into the rest of the sailing world and some into the "has been" evolutionary scrapheap realm of the Dodo bird. As designs diverge the combined skill of the competing crews often becomes much less of an issue. The final result might be easily be guessed by the time the lead boat rounds the first mark.

At its most competitive best, watching the television coverage of the America's Cup can rekindle the feeling of sailing, stimulate some excitement for people who hold the wind and sea close, and the race course in Valencia Spain may even remind some of summer, which during the cool winter amidst the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games could be a welcome break for sailors.

It remains to be seen if the 2010 America's Cup will be as predictable and uninteresting as the 1988 skirmish that saw a catamaran on steroids versus the plodding KZ1 a traditional AC monohull (in comparison the oversize 12metre moving through the water reminded one of a square masted fully loaded whaling ship) or as exciting as the historic 1983 America's Cup which went down to the final race where the Australian's became the first syndicate to pry the Cup from American hands since it was first contested. Either way, even if by accident, most Jericho Sailor's, the lowest cost dinghy sailing pilots and crews there are, will want to take a peek.
 
JSCA Members-Come watch the 2010 America's Cup in High Definition on the Big Screen of the Sailor's Lounge at the Jericho Sailing Centre Feb 8; 10; 12 *times TBA, schedule subject to change.
Follow the America's Cup at www.americascup.com
 
2010 JSCA Membership Fees

The JSCA Membership Fees for 2010 have been set by your Board of Directors and are as follows:-Single $79; Family $113 and $47 Junior. Craft and equipment storage rates will increase by 3%. Invoices will be mailed out to current members on January 15 with fees due by April 1. Members who pay on or before February 15 will receive a 2% discount. Members who pay after April 1 will be charged a $30/month Late Fee commencing April 2. Your 2010 invoices contains a tick box option to facilitate you receiving paperless invoices in the future-please be sure to indicate your preference and also make sure that we have your correct email address.
 
Wharf Update

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation recently completed a facilitated process as part of their further public consultation on the future of the former RCAF concrete apron which lies immediately to the east of the Jericho Sailing Centre. The result of this process and the steps to be taken from here will be made public over the next few weeks and will be further publicized to JSCA members and other users of the low cost, publically accessible, non-profit, non-taxpayer funded Jericho Sailing Centre through the "in the wind" newsletter. Please pay attention to this issue and be ready to take action as the future of the marginal concrete wharf is critical to the future of low cost recreational ocean access for the people of Vancouver.
 
JSCA 5 Year Plan "Steering Toward 2015"

The current JSCA 5 year Plan "Navigating to 2010" is all but in the sail bag and the JSCA Board approved the Member's Planning Forum recommendation for the next plan "Steering Toward 2015". General member satisfaction indicates our organization is moving in the right direction and perhaps the most interesting challenge was the discussion of a name to replace "Navigating to 2010". Members at the Planning Forum were unanimous in rejecting "Drifting toward 2015". To check out the JSCA 5 Year Plan "Steering Toward 2015" check it out on our website at 5 Year Plan
 
2010 JSCA Events Posted

The 2010 JSCA Event Calendar is now on our website www.jsca.bc.ca. All of our regular programs Sunday Racing, Tuesday Nite Racing, Rookie Racing & English Bay Safety Seminars are back along with fixture regattas: Jericho Classic, Flights of Spring Regatta, Tasar BC's and the Hobie Classic Regatta. Highlights for the New Year include hosting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games RV Park, MEC Paddlefest 2010 and Homolsom Rock Paddling Odyssey, Women on the Water Weekend and the Disabled Sailing Association Vancouver 2010 Mobility Cup Regatta.
Buy & Sell Back on Line

Two years ago the JSCA website's Buy & Sell was doing a great job getting small craft buyers and sellers together until it was shanghaied by low tide dwelling spam pirates. Thanks to our webmaster the But & Sell has been refitted, refloated and is now ready to serve people looking to acquire or divest themselves of boats.
To check it out barter your mouse over to http://www.jsca.bc.ca/phpBB3/ .
 
Check Your Boat

If you haven't checked out your boat lately, now is a good time to clear out the cobwebs in your hay loft, saddle up, take a scenic trot to Jericho Beach and check your trusty wave steed to make sure it's still in the stable.
 
Jericho Sailing Centre Annual Compound Water Shutoff

The compound water has been shut off for the next two months or so. When volunteers dug the trenching for our waterlines back in the 1970's they found they were limited by massive amounts of military surplus concrete and were not able to install the pipes deep enough to operate year round without freezing and breaking. The system is turned off and flushed out each season during the period when multiple days of freezing temperatures are likely. In the meantime boats and equipment may be rinsed at the hosing station on the SE corner of the building.
 
No Inactive Craft Permitted at the Jericho Sailing Centre in 2010

Faced with a waiting list of 42 boats wanting to get in to the Jericho Sailing Centre compound the JSCA will be lowering the boom on craft which were inactive in 2009. Storage agreements for these craft expire on March 31, 2010 and will not be renewed. Owners of these craft will receive a "Notice to Vacate" in the mail at the end of January along with a photo of their craft and an explanation of an appeal process.
The JSCA Board is encouraging all members to participate in the 2010 Jericho Sailing Centre Compound Beautification Project by keeping your boat and storage space ship shape and by participating with volunteer work parties in 2010 to help clean up aisle ways and other common space areas.
 
UBC Old Boys 2009 Vancouver Rugby Union Spray League CHAMPIONS!

Congratulations to our affiliated UBC Old Boys Ravens Rugby Club who have won their first league title since 1996. Good on you, mates!
 

JSCA Office Hours

December/January Hours 0930H-1630H The office will close at 1630H on December 23 and will reopen on January 2 at 0900H. Staff will be onsite throughout this period to check for messages and ensure security of our facility. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx. 1615H).
 
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 (one member has reported that when *311 did not work with his phone service *16 did - alternatively you can dial the Victoria Rescue Coordination Centre at 1-800-567-5111) will put you in touch with the Canadian Coast Guard's Rescue Coordination Centre.
Fair winds,
Mike
 
  
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