Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationSeptember 24, 2010
in the wind
Ahoy JSCA Members:

Here is what's "in the wind", coming events and items of interest at Vancouver's ocean access community centre for the weeks of September 24-October 7, 2010 and beyond:
In This Issue
Hero in our Midst
Jericho Wharf Update
Windsurfing Movie
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UBC Rec Days of the Longboat Sept 25 & 26/ October 2 & 3
The drums will start banging a little bit louder this Saturday & Sunday at the Jericho Sailing Centre as The Day of the Longboat warm-up weekend celebrates a centuries old tradition of canoes launching from the shores of Jericho Beach.
Three thousand years ago original inhabitants of the lower mainland plied the waters of the Salish Sea in canoes with perfect drumbeat paddle rhythm.
Over the next two weekends 3,000 modern day Vancouverites, primarily students from across Metro Vancouver, will pick up a paddle (many for the first time)and compete in the UBC Rec Day of the Longboat. This weekend each of the ten person teams will get a 15 minute dryland instruction and 45 minute on water training. Competitors will range from novice paddlers to world class paddling athletes The competition portion of the event, for many years the largest outdoor university intramural event in Canada, will take place on the following weekend October 2 & 3.
The  paddle is the drumstick of human powered watercraft and for the next two weekends will soundly beat the waves in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre providing splashy percussion rhythm to the always harmoneous mountain framed seascape from Vancouver's south shore.
Jericho's Every Day Hero Earns VPD Certificate of Merit
Andrew (left) at the helm of Jericho Rescue with fellow rescue staff Anton Pitts.
Andrew Balakshin has earned his living as a staff member of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association in various roles over the past 3 years. In 2010 Andrew took on the role of JSCA's Safety and Racing Officer with relish, like a seagull to a clam, coordinating Jericho Rescue Team activities & training, preaching English Bay Safety Seminars and conducting numerous sailing regattas, Sunday/Tuesday Racing programs, paddling and rowing events as well as overseeing safety aspects of ocean swim competitions. If you know him, then you know what a quality character he is.
In June Andrew and Ecomarine kayaking instructor Ryan
Andrew is an active volunteer with the Disabled Sailing Association of BC
Vandercastin  were heading for a day hike on the North Shore Mountains when they encountered a distraught woman on the wrong side of the railing of the Lion's gate bridge. Andrew's rescue instincts went into autopilot "I didn't really think about it, I stopped the car, walked to the railing reached over and clamped onto her in a bear hug." With Ryan's assistance he pulled her over the railing and gave her comfort until Emergency Crews arrived.  The two mates carried on for a great day of hiking.

Recently Andrew was informed that he will be receiving a Certificate of Merit from the Vancouver Police Department for his actions. All of the staff and volunteers from the Jericho Sailing Centre who work with Andrew are tremendously proud of him. Good on ya, mate! 
Jericho Wharf Update 
It's the Ocean Environment, Stupid!
Of course the natural tidal twist on Bill Clinton's first US Presidential election campaign home run slogan is probably inappropriate to describe the current political seascape but, like the economy then, the environment requires more attention and action from Vancouver 's elected civic officials now.
A recently released Department of Fisheries and Oceans report supports what was already known in 2008 when the previous, environmentally friendly, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation voted to demolish the 1.5 acre former DND concrete apron known as the Jericho wharf: a badly decaying former military monolith on 400 creosote soaked pilings looming over a historically significant beach is bad for the marine environment, especially the fishies, and other marine creatures such as kayakers, canoeists, windsurfers, rowers, skim boarders, dinghy sailors, swimmers, etc.
Years before Vancouver's current civic leaders identified the restoration of local natural foreshore areas as a stepping stone toward the goal of becoming the world's "Greenest City" by 2020, our friendly neighbours just down the Salish Sea in Washington State had already taken positive action implementing a program to remove creosote pilings in old ocean protruding structures-not just saying it, but actually doing it. 
It is hard to imagine why the natural restoration of Jericho Beach would have to wait much longer. The last Park Board took appropriate action. The current Park Board put the sea anchor out on that action in favour of further consultation which, as anticipated in a Park Board staff report, resulted in the same environmentally friendly outcome. 
More than 20,000 Vancouver citizens have thrown themselves into the ocean from the Jericho Sailing Centre this year. Tens of thousands more in the Jericho Beach swim area just down the chemical stream from the concrete apron. Wiped out windsurfers, capsized kayaks, overturned sailing dinghies, upside down swimmers, fallen stand-up paddlers, who among the many users of the toxin fractured shores of Jericho Beach has not passed Vancouver seawater through their nose? (If you haven't yet and you play in the sea , it's only a matter of time). Wouldn't you like to know it is as clean as we can possibly make it?  Every user and potential user of Jericho Beach should shake the polluted water out of their ear, become more aware of their marine environment and take an active role in making it as clean as it can be.
Just over a year away from the next civic election could the Jericho wharf be a bell weather sign when evaluating the current leadership's environmental actions in contrast with their words?  More than two years after removal was voted to be the most economically and environmentally responsible decision the rotting, crumbling and sagging  WW II relic still stands as a concrete barrier between the naturally restored Jericho Beach Park and the sea. The time has come: (to recycle and revise the words of another prominent American politician) Mayor Robertson, tear down this wharf!
UBC Sailing Club Presents The Windsurfing Movie 2
The UBC Sailing Club welcomes you to The Windsurfing Movie 2 A film by John Decesare and Jace Panebianco - A Poor Boyz Productions
Location: The Jericho Sailing Centre - 1300 Discovery Road, Vancouver, BC
Time: 8:00 pm Wednesday Sept 29th 2010
Ticket sales: $7 - Starting at 6:45 pm at door. (CASH ONLY) - The
proceeds will go to the Poor Boyz Productions for their excellent
Food and Beer can be purchased from The Galley up until the showing of
the movie at 8:00 pm.
Please dont forget to invite more and more windsurfing, and non
windsurfing friends.
If you have any questions, please contact Maryam at 
Wednesdays are "OceanFlow" Yoga Days at the Jericho Sailing Centre
Come to the Jericho Sailing Centre on Wednesdays to enjoy yoga from 6-715pm in a sea side setting. Sessions will be held on the rooftop deck, weather permitting or in the Surf & Turf room when the weather doesn't permit. All levels, from first time yogis to advanced practitioners are welcome. OceanFlow yoga is Vinyasa style. Participation by donation. For more info stretch over to
Penguin Cup Racing
October 10, 17 & 24 @ 1230H
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Racing Awards Nite

All members are invited to attend the annual JSCA Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, October 24 at 1700H. Tickets are $10 and available in the JSCA office up until Saturday, October 23. There will be a slideshow presentation and awards bestowed upon our notable racers and volunteers. As our way of showing appreciation for our volunteers, they receive complementary tickets.
Race Scoring
Our volunteer Jericho Race Results Scorekeeper Richard Spencer is compiling the 2010 final results in preparation for the Volunteer Appreciation Racing Awards dinner and is making the last call for individuals who have not provided their names. Richard's good, but he's still not good enough to conjure up the names of unregistered racers. To register, race over to
Send Us Your Pictures
Rhilo & Sandra event Champs.
Thanks to Tasar racer Julian Hannabuss who sent us these pics of the recent Tasar BC's/North American Championship
Peter Wall & Maya Fashion Splashin.
Richard and Lori
reeling in Jonanthan McKee.
Brian & Kevin Something Sirius.
Paperless Invoices
Your 2011 Jericho Sailing Centre Association invoice for membership and storage fees will be sent to you in January 2011 (due April 1, 2011 with a 2% discount if paid by February 15).
Many members indicated when they paid their 2010 fees that they would like to receive paperless invoices from us in 2011- as long as your email has not changed, no action is required on your part to receive a paperless invoice.
If you would like to receive a paperless invoice but have not previously indicated this to the JSCA please email us along with the address you'd like to receive it to . Please include "Paperless Invoice" in the subject line.
Thank you for helping the JSCA reduce costs and our impact on the environment.
Upcoming JSCA Meetings
Safety Committee                     September 28, 1900H
Operations Committee              October 5, 1900H
Board                                       October 12, 1900H
Annual General Meeting             October 26, 1900H
Notice of AGM
Jericho Sailing Centre Association
 Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday October 26 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 37th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2009/2010 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 seven 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 12.   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
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.
Links to previous issues
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