|Jericho Oceanman - THIS SATURDAY|
Jericho Oceanman event creator and organizer Gary
Parsons is a surf short sandal clad holy man; a sun bleach blonde, shore break curly headed guru of the sea -Parson Parsons.
Eleven years ago from his lifeguard chair at Jericho Beach, just downwind of the Jericho Sailing Centre, Gary, an avid ocean swimmer, paddler and windsurfer, was daydreaming of a unique way to celebrate Vancouver's most distinctive playground and came up with the Jericho Oceanman, a 2-3 hour multi-sport adventure race, held on the beach at the Jericho Sailing Centre.
This Saturday morning you'll find Gary standing on a log on Jericho Beach presiding over the Jericho Oceanman scene like Poseidon without the Trident. (although Gary likes to point, he's not so keen on pointy things). For this day anyway, Gary is ruler of the sea, at least the portion that he can see, as his hundreds of well salted swim and paddle subjects also run for kilometers along Spanish Bank in soggy sneakers just to find out the true meaning of the "Mystery Event".
This spectator friendly event commences at 1300H with participant BBQ and live music commencing at 1600H. For more info. on Oceanman surf your soul over to http://www.oceanman.ca
|Send Us Your Photos|
We are looking for Jericho style photos to promote the activities at the Jericho Sailing Centre through our website & newsletters. If you have photos you'd like to contribute please send them along with a brief description.
Thanks to long time member Karen Ann Mott who sent us these images and the cover photo of BC Day at the Jericho Sailing Centre.
|Vehicles in Compound|
The offices has received a couple of reports this past week regarding vehicles driving or parked in the Jericho Sailing Centre compound. Our policy is that there are no vehicles permitted in the compound with the exception of authorized delivery vehicles. Any authorized vehicle may not exceed walking speed while within the compound.
|Dog Days of Summer Can Gnaw on Positive Human Relations|
As the summer wears on, the temperature rises and the Jericho Sailing Centre is at the peak of activity, sometimes small frictions can occur which can cause people to forget that the JSCA is committed to providing a sport and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The prevailing community spirit at Vancouver's ocean access community centre is largely unaffected by the odd behavioural back eddy but we'd just like to remind everyone that common courtesy and respect are important cornerstones and should be exercised at all times.
|Jericho Sailing Centre Etiquette|
Common 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 Jericho 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 Sailing Centre.
- the Jericho Sailing Centre is a Smoke Free Facility-thank you for not smoking anywhere within our compound.
- Please coil hoses immediately after use and conserve water.
- Do not block aisle ways.
- Rinse racks are for rinsing not drying.
- There is no driving permitted on the trails or grass within Jericho Park. The Vancouver Park Board will be ticketing vehicles that load or offload kayaks or other craft to the east of the Centre.
|Weekly Dinghy Sail Racing|
Sundays @ 1230H
Tuesdays @ 1815H
Free for JSCA members, register in the office
|English Bay Safety Seminar August 16|
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 August 16. 1900H RSVP JSCA office.
|Safety Notice DANGER NO SWIMMING |
Despite many "Danger No Swimming" signs marking the area between the Jericho Pier and the rock groyne to the east there are still problems with swimmers in this busy boat only area. Incredibly, some of these swimmers are JSCA members. Members, of all people, should be aware of the potential hazard and are not exempt from the Vancouver Park Board Bylaw. It is also dangerous to allow small children to wade or play near the shoreline. This is the only beach area in Vancouver dedicated exclusively to naturally powered watercraft and as such is not a lifeguarded wading, swimming, bathing area.
|Jericho Sailing Centre |
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.
- Always wear your P.F.D. on the water.
- Sail powered craft have the right of way over powercraft, paddle and rowing powered craft.
- All non-commercial vessels shall keep well clear of commercial vessels.
- It is illegal and extremely dangerous to pass between a tug and it's tow.
- A port tack sailing vessel shall keep clear of a starboard tack vessel.
- A windward vessel shall keep clear of a leeward vessel.
- A vessel clear astern shall keep clear of a vessel ahead.
- Any vessel overtaking another shall keep clear.
- A vessel tacking or gybing shall keep clear of a vessel on a tack.
- The area south of the orange can buoys is for training or transiting only.
- Swimming or wading on the beach in front of the Centre is prohibited and is particularly dangerous for small children.
- It is unsafe to loiter or let children play near the launching ramps.
- Stay well clear of the end of the Jericho Pier as fishers cast lines as far as possible
- Be cautious of pathway traffic when launching/retrieving
- Do not leave your craft on the shoreline for extended periods of time
- Know your limits, especially in winter.
- Carry a whistle and flares
Your safety is your responsibility, common sense goes a long way toward maintaining a safe environment. More information is available free to members and the public at the English Bay Safety Seminars. (next English Bay Safety Seminar August 16 @ 1900H RSVP JSCA Office)