Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationOctober 15, 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 week of October 15, 2010 and beyond:
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Mixing Oil and Water - A Day for the Bay THIS SUNDAY
Imagine a 2010 Gulf of Mexico type oil spill scene transposed over the pristine waters of Burrard Inlet and the shores of English Bay. Would Vancouver have an adequate response in the event of such a catastrophic environmental event?

A group of concerned citizens, notanks.org, has organized a "Day for the Bay" this Sunday, October 17 from Noon-1500H, their goal, to raise awareness and ultimately ban oil tankers off the coast of BC to protect against oil spills.
 
The JSCA, as an organization, has always encouraged ocean environment awareness and preservation but we do not support a complete ban on oil tankers. Port operations are a vital part of Vancouver's economy and many people in our city depend on this industry. What we can say is that if there is going to be a five fold increase in oil tanker traffic going through these waters that are so precious to us we want to see that the appropriate preventative and disaster response procedures are in place. We know that not all members will agree with our organizational view and many will support an outright ban, which of course is their absolute right.
 
While the JSCA applauds notanks.org for raising ocean environmental awareness we do have some concerns with the "Day for the Bay" event. The organizers were unable to obtain the required Marine Event Permit due to lack of insurance. The float plan calls for a flotilla to go into the First Narrows under the Lion's Gate Bridge which would violate vessel traffic regulations. A poster advertising the event shows an oil tanker leaving the first narrows with a flotilla of small craft including kayaks directly in it's path. Only a suicidal fool would put their craft in such a position.
 
The Port Metro Vancouver Harbour Master's office is responsible for marine vessel traffic safety and has very stringent rules aimed at not having an accident. To paraphrase the words of one official -a disruption in the First Narrows is a threat to national commerce and will not be tolerated in any way. The Harbourmaster, Coast Guard, VPD Marine and RCMP will all be standing by to ensure things do not get out of hand.
 
Jericho Rescue has agreed to be present in case a small craft requires assistance but we draw a solid line on the right side of the law and will not attempt to occupy the narrows - we strongly encourage all participants to do the same.
 
Where can one find details on the Environmental Response Plan if an oil spill were to occur? According to Port Metro Vancouver the old plan is being restructured and will appear on their website in early 2011. The current Canada wide Environmental Response Plan can be found on the Canadian Coast Guard website at http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/Environmental_Response . In view of the disorganization caused by an outdated response plan in the Gulf of Mexico it shouldn't be too much for Vancouver ocean lovers to ask for an updated more detailed plan directly pertaining to our local waters.
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 http://www.meetup.com/OceanFlow-Karma-Yoga-Kitsilano-Beach/ 
Penguin Cup Racing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October  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.
Send Us Your Pictures
 
                                                                                                                                                We are looking for Jericho Style photos to help promote the Jericho Sailing Centre.
 
 
Thanks to Sea Otter for providing us with these October 2 images of UBC Rec "Day of the Longboat" and the October 15 cover shot of James Bond aka Wayne Cox preparing to launch his Aston Martin from our main ramp - the elusive spy smooth talked our reception Adriana and slipped away without paying the Day Launch fee.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 admin@jsca.bc.ca . 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
 
Annual General Meeting             October 26, 1900H
Board of Directors                      November 9, 1900H
Annual Fleet Planning Meeting    November 30, 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. 
Board Members Acclaimed
 
JSCA Members who submitted a nomination letter to the JSCA office as of the nomination deadline on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 are, in alphabetical order:
 
1.)               Russ Brown
2.)               Ray Douthwaite
3.)               Jeri Griffiths
4.)               Andy Hunt
5.)               Mark Scott
6.)               Chris Stairs
7.)               Ian Upright
 
As there are 7 positions available on the 15 member JSCA Board these members will join the board by acclaimation at the Annual General Meeting on October 26.
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.
 
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