Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationApril 13, 2011

in the wind

Ahoy Members: 

Here is what's "in the wind", coming events and items of interest at the Jericho Sailing Centre, Vancouver's Ocean Access Community Centre, for April 13-20, 2011 and beyond:


In This Issue
Flights of Spring Regatta
Earth Day Jericho Beach
School Sign-ups
Habitat 1976

Park Board Concepts Scuttle Natural Jericho Shoreline

Where's the Beach!?

If you were looking forward to sifting your small boat hull through the fine sand of newly liberated and restored Jericho Beach to enter or exit Vancouver's largest playground, you better speak up now or prepare to be bitterly disappointed.

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, at their April 12, 2011 Jericho Park - Marginal Wharf Site Restoration Open House unveiled two planning concepts for restoring the area that are only slightly more "small, natural powered craft friendly" than the decrepit, soon to be demolished wharf itself; and only marginally more natural.

In November 2010 the Vancouver Park Board, after a 3 year public process, voted unanimously to remove the Jericho Wharf for reasons of " public safety  and ecological restoration". It took a while but they got it right. Somehow since then the logical ecological notion of restoring the natural beach was unceremoniously swept away in an English Bay tide and has now become a proposed "Concrete Kayak Anvil".

Ignoring long established surrounding uses the Park Board Planning department has delivered a clear message to Vancouverites who enjoy kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, and stand-up paddling from Jericho Park -let them eat rocks! . The only two concepts they are proposing employ a heavily landlubber laden approach giving very little attention to the beach itself which, unless people speak up, will become an engineer armored, seawall protected concrete cliff at mid to high tides (with high metal railings to further limit your probability of survival in the event of a shipwreck) and at lower water levels a rock sliding, ankle twisting, bottom busting surf adventure. Absolutely no consideration is being given to the Safety of Jericho Park's thousands of recreational ocean users.

Ecologically both concepts completely miss the boat on restoring an important beach that has been a harmonic transition from sea to seashore along the Jericho shoreline for a million years or so. It's a shame the Park Board didn't consult earlier in the process with the Jericho Park Stewardship Group, Evergreen, and other "natural beach" loving community volunteer groups who have been involved in the concrete vanishing evolution of Jericho Park since its inception.  Instead they are simply proposing replacing one concrete barrier with another one.

Public input is now being requested. The JSCA is proposing an alternative concept and we invite all nature lovers to come on board and support it:

The majority of the wharf was properly demolished in 1978 and the resulting natural beach can be seen in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre. We propose that the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation develop an additional concept to demolish the wharf in that same fashion and properly restore Jericho Beach to it's natural condition.  To add your voice check out next week's "in the wind".

For more information check out:
This Weekend - Jericho Flights of Spring Regatta!
The first regatta of the season is this weekend as the annual Flights of Spring Regatta takes off April 16 & 17. The last Penguin Cup of Spring is on April 24 and then our weekly racing series commence with the first Tuesday Nite Race on May 3 @ 1815H followed by the first Sunday Race on May 8 @ 1230H.

Racers are reminded that all competitors must be properly dressed for cold water conditions and that early season racing is not necessarily recommended for in experienced sailors. Anyone interested in learning to race is encouraged to sign up for the Rookie Racing Seminar on May 15 @ 0900H


For a complete event schedule barge over to:




Earth Day in Jericho Beach Park This Saturday
Saturday, April 16: 11am-4pm -- Come celebrate Earth Day in beautiful Jericho Beach Park. This family-friendly event will also mark Evergreen's 20th Anniversary of bringing nature back to cities across Canada. Featuring green partners and exhibitors, guided nature tours, a native plant sale and art activities, as well as hand-on restoration efforts with the Jericho Stewardship Group and Evergreen. For more information:
Wednesday Racing at RVYC
 Our friendly neighbours at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club are now inviting Jericho Laser racers to their Wednesday Evening Racing program. For more information, hike over to  Wednesday Evening Racing.
Jericho Sailing Centre Schools in Session 
 Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing and Ocean Kayaking Schools at the Jericho Sailing Centre start tip toeing out of hibernation in April and find their full on sea legs in the month of May. For full Season Pass, Rental or Lesson information and registration click the link below:


Dinghy Sailing                                          

Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling    

Ocean Kayaking                                     


Compound Clean-up Work Parties
The JSCA encourages all members to participate in the 2011 Jericho Sailing Centre Compound Beautification Project by keeping your boat and storage space ship shape and by participating with volunteer work parties in 2011 to help clean up aisle ways and other common space areas. We have a "Big Blue Bradford Bin" onsite for the month of March to facilitate compound clean-up; please pitch in. Members can jettison their onsite junk into the bin on the main aisle way anytime or join in on organized volunteer work parties on Sundays in April at 1000H.
Remembering Habitat '76 in Jericho Beach Park

Holy Hippies! Its been 35 years since Habitat '76 inhabited the fledgling Jericho Beach Park. The Jericho Sailing Centre, just 2 years at the time, was part of it. Habitat 76 was a non-governmental peoples forum. It was an adjunct to the UN Habitat conference on human settlement held between May 30 - June 11, 1976.

You can learn more about Habitat '76 by attending the upcoming events:

1. Habitat Open Forum

Tuesday, April 19, 6 pm in the Vancouver Art Gallery

Admission: Free with admission (Admission is by donation on Tuesday nights the V.A.G.)

2. Jane's Walk, with Lindsay Brown - Habitat Forum Site

Meet at the bicycle rack just S. of the Jericho Sailing Centre Saturday, May 7, 11 am Admission: FREE

Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE
The annual Jericho Boat Show Open House is on Saturday, May 14 from Noon-1600H. Bring your landlubber friends, co-workers, neighbours and relatives down to the Centre on that day to check out all of the ocean access opportunities available to them. Our schools, clubs and fleets will be on hand with sign-up information and displays, there will be plenty of activity on the water and guests will receive member discounts on purchases in the Galley Patio & Grill. 
"Run for Your Planet" - 3rd Annual Earth Run/Walk

 On April 24th, join thousands across Canada and run/walk for the Planet. The 2011 runs will take place at JERICHO beach in Vancouver and at Ambleside Park on the North Shore.

These 5 & 10K run/walk events bring people together to build green communities, promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles.  There will be live entertainment, Easter Egg hunt and a Green Expo providing info on local green initiatives and products/services. 

Benefiting organizations include the David Suzuki Foundation, Surfrider Foundation and Young Naturalists' Club of BC.  Sponsored by CTV, Straight and the Peak & JRFM.

To Register or for more details visit:

On the water, 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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