Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationNovember 5, 2010
in the wind
Ahoy Members:
Here is what's "in the wind", coming events and items of interest to the 3,500 members of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association and other Vancouver ocean lovers.
In This Issue
Bon Voyage Gail!
JSCA Board Vacancy
Winter Boat Damage
Join our Mailing List!
Aloha Gail Owen 
After a decade of exceptional volunteer service to the Jericho Sailing Centre Association, Gail Owen (skippering Jericho Rescue at left; kayaking in the cover photo) has paddled off to live in the Okanagan, bidding her many Vancouver sea level friends "Aloha" .

In her wake, Gail leaves an extraordinary record of volunteerism, serving tirelessly on virtually every JSCA committee at one time or another since 2001, chairing several, starting a Jericho kayaking fleet and completing 4 years (including 2010) as JSCA President. As a senior member of the Jericho Rescue Team, Gail has trained many of our current Rescue Team members ensuring her salt water safety legacy continues on.
Gail says that while she has moved away from Metro Vancouver she will visit frequently and will maintain her membership, friendships and paddling visits to the Jericho Sailing Centre so this really isn't goodbye, but rather Aloha. From the bottom of our hulls, thank you Gail and bon voyage.  
JSCA Board Vacancy 

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association Board of Directors is looking for someone to fill the remaining year of the seat left vacant by Gail Owen's departure. Members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their interest and experience to the JSCA office no later than 1630H on November 15, 2010. Candidates are invited to attend the November 16 JSCA Board meeting at 1900H. If you would like more information please contact Mike Cotter via reply email or phone (604)224-4177.

 JSCA Annual Fleet Planning Meeting - November 30 
Racers, whatever your class, this is the meeting where we lay out the first draft of the 2010 JSCA Competitive Event Schedule. If you have an idea for an event, or how we can make racing better come to this meeting, share your ideas and help us plan while there is room on the schedule. In 2010 the Jericho Sailing Centre hosted 79 on water event days, we're likely to do more in 2011, the time to plan is now.
Jericho Galley Patio & Grill 
Open Weekends 1100H-Dusk (Weather Permitting)
Upcoming JSCA Meetings 
JSCA Board November 16 & December 14 @ 1900H
Programs/Annual Fleet Planning November 30 @ 1900H
Winterize Your Boat  & Check it Regularly

Every "off season" vicious wind storms rip through the Jericho Sailing Centre compound looking for loose tarps, boat covers and poorly stowed gear. When they find a loose tarp they can turn a docile hibernating boat into a flying projectile which can cause damage to neighbouring craft. Members are responsible for ensuring they have "battened down the hatches" on their equipment stored at the Jericho Sailing Centre and checking their craft after gnarly windstorms. We encourage you to check your craft regularly year round, remove any parts or equipment that can be easily removed (most thefts occur between Oct.-April) and make sure water doesn't collect inside your hull (if it freezes and expands it can cause major damage).  

JSCA November Office Hours 
Open 0930H-1730H 7 days a week
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  

Inactive Craft Ineligible for 2011 Storage at Jericho 

As we transition from one year to the next we ask all members to consider their craft usage plans for 2011.

There is a waiting list of 22 JSCA members wanting to get their craft in to the Jericho Sailing Centre compound. Members storing craft in the compound which appear to have been inactive in 2010 will be sent letters later this month notifying them that their craft will be ineligible for storage after the current storage agreement expires on March 31, 2011. Members who receive these letters do have the right to appeal, however, no member has the right to store an inactive craft at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

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 apr├Ęs 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 will put you in touch with the Canadian Coast Guard's Rescue Coordination Centre.

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