Jericho Sailing Centre Association
May 12, 2010
in the wind
Ahoy 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 May 13-19, 2010 and beyond:
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Open House and Sailpast This Saturday!

The first thing every newcomer should know is that the "Sailing" in "Jericho Sailing Centre" is literally in the verb tense which means "travel over water in any craft" and can include anything from a skimboard to a B.C. Ferry.  Although sailing in dinghies is one of the anchor features of the Jericho Sailing Centre (we are home to Canada's largest dinghy sailing school, renowned dinghy sailing racing programs and several fine community based, low cost sailing clubs)-the verb "Sailing" in Jericho Sailing Centre describes so much more. Outrigger canoeing, windsurfing, rowing, stand-up paddling, performance paddling, skimboarding and ocean kayaking are all vital components of the Jericho Sailing Centre's curriculum- in short, low cost, naturally powered ocean "sailing" fun.

Welcoming newcomers is one of this Saturday's main themes as the Jericho Sailing Centre invites the public to join us as we celebrate the "official" launch of the 2010 season at our OPEN HOUSE and Sail Past.

We ask all members to invite friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, acquaintances and friendly strangers to the Jericho Sailing Centre between Noon and 4pm this Saturday to discover all of the bountiful natural powered low cost recreation programs, facilities and services we have to offer. While they are here they can buy you lunch in the Jericho Galley Patio and Grill and receive member discounts. They can also join you in the Sail Past or take your picture and cheer you on from the roof top deck.

The Sail Past is handed down from ancient maritime tradition where the fleet would Sail Past the Admiral's ship for review and each skipper would salute the Admiral. The Sail Past is a great opportunity for all of the Fleets of the Jericho Sailing Centre to come together, meet one another and celebrate the sports they love and our unique ocean access community centre. Jericho Members and their guests will sail, paddle, windsurf, row, past our flagship committee boat, the Albatross and salute our "Commodore" JSCA President Gail Owen and honorary guests. We encourage all members to sail past and salute which will bring you good luck throughout the 2010 season.
Here is Saturday's Sail Past schedule:

Noon -1230H      Sailing Dinghies
1230H-1300H      Windsurfers
1300H-1330H      Paddlers;
1330H-1400H      Rowers, Sailing Canoes and Stand Paddlers

If the Jericho Sailing Centre was a yacht club, and of course it's not, it would be traditionally mandatory for all members to either participate or send your regrets, in writing, to the Commodore. If you are unable to attend, but feel so compelled to uphold salt encrusted maritime tradition, our President, Gail Owen, the closest thing we have to a Commodore, will gladly receive all your groveling, sniveling, low tide regrets and excuses to her email (click "I'm Bailing out of the")... but really, she'd rather see you out there!
Volunteers Wanted for Open House

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Jericho Sailing Centre's Open House on Saturday to help with set-up and greeting our guests. Anyone interested in helping out can contact me via return email.
Rookie Racing Seminar

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Jericho Sailing Centre's Open House on Saturday to help with set-up and greeting our guests. Anyone interested in helping out can contact me via return email.
Next English Bay Safety Seminar May 17 at 1900H

The English Bay Safety Seminar was developed for users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to help keep them safe at play on the waters of English Bay. The seminar covers basic water safety fundamentals along with user specific information drawn from the logs of the Jericho Rescue Team who have intervened in thousands of "sea disasters" over the past 36 years.

Why make your own mistakes when you can learn from the mistakes of others? Don't challenge Darwin's theory, make sure your water safety knowledge is the fittest it can be. Your survival may well depend upon it. Find the missing links and fill in the gaps in your water safety knowledge by attending a FREE English Bay Safety Seminar May 17, June 7 & 28. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.
Weedy Wednesdays-JSCA Volunteer Workparty

We are looking for volunteers to help remove Scotch Broom and other invasive plants from the area surrounding the Jericho Sailing Centre. Dawn Hanna from the Jericho Stewardship Group will be on hand to direct the work party and assist us in distinguishing between friendly plants and the undesirables. We'll meet on Wednesday, May 19 at 1800H just outside the west fence of the Jericho Sailing Centre compound.
Boat Storage Notice - All 2010 Paid Craft Now Decalled

As of May 15, all craft in the Jericho Sailing Centre Compound must bear the pink 2010 decal. Craft without this decal are being flagged and are moving toward our Bailiff Auction on July 10 at Noon. If your craft does not have a 2010 decal please contact the JSCA office immediately.
Send Us Your Photos:

We are looking for "Jericho style" photos to spice up our website, newsletter and promote the Jericho Sailing Centre.

Thanks to Dale Rollings who sent us the images of "Moby Lost", the Grey Whale that visited the waters off Jericho last week snapped from his stand-up paddle board.

Please send us your photos with a brief description.

Racer's Forum Tuesday, May 18 ~ 2030H

This season, commencing June 1, every Jericho Racer must be a current member of the Canadian Yachting Association. The $22 CYA/BC Sailing Membership Fee goes toward the Provincial and National organizations which govern sail racing. This requirement allows the JSCA to maintain it's status as a CYA Affiliated Organization which enables us to host sanctioned regattas and use the International Sail Racing Rules in our programs.

There will be a Jericho Racers Forum immediately after Tuesday Nite Racing on May 18 to discuss this and any other issues or ideas sailors have for improving our racing programs.

CYA Olympic Sailing Team Coach, Kevin Black, will conduct 3 race coaching clinics for racers in conjunction with Tuesday Nite racing. The clinics will be held June 8, 15 and 23 starting at 1730H.
Dinghy sailing racing every Tuesday Nite at 1815H and every non-regatta Sunday at 1230H.
Upcoming Regattas

Jericho Classic Regatta                  
June 5 & 6

Hobie Classic Regatta                    
June 12 & 13

Upcoming Meetings
JSCA Planning     May 12 @ 1900H
JSCA Board          June 14 @ 1900H
Committee minutes and meeting schedules can be found on our website at to facilitate member awareness and involvement in their one of a kind, world class, ocean access community centre.
Your Safety is Your Responsibility

There are elements of risk 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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