Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJanuary 28, 2011

in the wind

Ahoy JSCA Members 

Here is what's "in the wind", coming events and items of interest at the Jericho Sailing Centre, your ocean access community centre, for January 28-February 11, 2011 and beyond:

In This Issue
Boat Show Volunteers
Coyote Ugly
2011 Annual Invoices
Join our Mailing List!
Pacific North West ORCA                                               THIS SATURDAY 

 The first on water event of 2011 kicks off from the Jericho Sailing Centre this Saturday at 1100H as the Jericho Outrigger Canoe Club hosts the Vancouver leg of the Pacific North West ORCA series.


The race is a mass start in single and double outrigger canoes from the Sailing Centre. Race course will be determined race day depending on tide, wind and weather conditions. Estimated distance: 10k. This is the 2nd of 7 races in the Winter Series, with the first 5 place finishers in each division earning points for end of season awards.

ALSO THIS SATURDAY              Ravens Rugby
Jericho Sailing Centre's home team, the UBC Old Boys Rugby Football Club "Ravens" host the defending BC Champion James Bay for a ground rumbling BC Premier League match. For more info. on this, drop click over to 

After a long drought the "Ravens" rebuilding program has paid off as they won the Lower Mainland Championship in December at the Premier and 1st Division level propelling them into the Top BC Premier league fo the second half of the season. Good on ya lads!


The Old Boys invite all of their fellow JSCA members and other action fans to come out Saturday afternoon and enjoy what should be a great game.

Vancouver Boat Show February 9-13 - Volunteers Wanted


We still have several openings for JSCA members to help crew the Jericho Sailing Centre Association's display booth at the Vancouver International Boat Show February 9-13 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Members who volunteer for a two hour "watch" will gain free admission to the show and the admiration of show going seafarers from all over. A great place to meet people and shoot the breeze about the Jericho Sailing Centre and all of the low cost ocean access opportunities we provide. The following berths are available; please email us if you'd like to sign on:

Wednesday, February 9:   1100-1300H; 1500-1700H; 1900-2100H.

Thursday, February 10:1100-1300H; 1300-1500H; 1500-1700H; 1700-1900H; 1900-2100H.

Friday, February 11:  1100-1300H; 1300-1500H; 1500-1700H; 1900-2100H.

Saturday, February 12: 1000-1200H; 1200-1400H; 1400-1600H; 1600-1900H.

Sunday, February 13: 1000-1200H; 1200-1400H; 1400-1700H.

Coyote Notice 
A coyote has become a regular visitor to the Jericho Sailing Centre's 4.5 acre compound over the past week or so. Unless you are a rabbit, rat or small off leash dog he should pose no danger to you. This situation could change if people feed the coyote. The Stanley Park Ecology Society reports that the majority of coyotes that have bitten children have been fed by adults. Please, let nature take it's course and DO NOT FEED the coyote. If a coyote approaches you can: appear as aggressive as possible; shout in a loud and deep voice or throw objects at the coyote keeping in mind that you will be responsible for any resulting damage or injury.
Send Us your Photos - Jericho Sinking 
Thanks to Allan Strain who sent us these shots and our cover photo taken Boxing Day morn 2010 on a 16.4' high tide. There was an untidy tide line (wood chips, seaweed, etc.) inside the north compound fence left as evidence of this oceanic intrusion.   
2011 JSCA Annual Invoices  
 By now you should have received your invoice for 2011 JSCA Membership and Storage fees in the mail. The invoices are not due until April 1, however, you will receive a 2% discount if you pay before February 15 - check your investment portfolio and you won't find a better return on your hard earned treasure than 2% over six weeks. For your convenience Visa or MasterCard payments can be made over the phone (604)224-4566.

If you haven't received your invoice in the mail please contact the office asap.

Correction Notice: The increase for craft and equipment storage is 5%, not 4% as reported in the previous newsletter.

Winter Water Safety - Experienced Seafarers Only! 


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, dial *16 (alternatively you can dial the Victoria Rescue Coordination Centre at 1-800-567-5111) will put you in touch with the Canadian Coast Guard's Rescue Coordination Centre.