Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationApril 20, 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 20-27, 2011 and beyond:


In This Issue
Penguin Cup Sunday
Earth Run
School Sign-ups
Habitat 1976

Park Board asking for Public Input

No Green Option for Jericho Beach

The Vancouver Park Board has presented two options for the "ecological restoration" of Jericho Beach: (A) concrete seawall or (B) concrete seawall. That's the bad news. The good news is that the public consultation is open until April 27 and they want to hear from you.

The two concepts presented are essentially the same from the high tide mark down and only differ in terms of the upland area development which was never included in the original scope or budget of the project. Consequently, the budget is now a little short for a goal of properly restoring the natural shoreline of Jericho Beach.

The City of Vancouver has a unique and important opportunity to live up to their environmental policy statements to restore natural shoreline. Jericho Beach has been the place where nature, people and the sea have come together for thousands of years. For the last seven decades there has been a concrete wall between the middle shore of Jericho Beach, nature and people. Complete removal of the wharf, leaving no concrete seawall, and restoring the beach as, once again, a place for nature and people is a logical ecological step toward making Vancouver a greener city.

The concepts call for large boulders, known to us shore birds as "sea mines" to be placed around the intertidal zone. Insidiously hiding just under the sea surface at lower tide levels, these monsters of the shallows covered with barnacles, seaweed and slippery muck can rip the bottom out of your hull as sure as they can break a leg if you hit one.

The final restoration plan needs to recognize that this area is immediately adjacent to Vancouver's largest public small boat ocean access area and should ultimately be able to facilitate the future growth of Vancouver citizens who would like to recreate on the city's largest playground. The Board of Parks and Recreation has an important opportunity to live up to some of the policy objectives stated in the Vancouver Sport Strategy they adopted in 2008.

The concepts proposed on April 12, 2011 were supposed to be a revision of the original Concept 1C approved by the Park Board in July, 2008. 

The Park Board is asking for your input "to create an environmentally sensitive, sustainable and functional solution." To that end we have developed the following wording and encourage all users of the Jericho Sailing Centre and other natural beach lovers to participate by completing the "additional Comments" section of the Jericho Park: Marginal Wharf Site Restoration Comment Form:

"I would like to see the ecological restoration of Jericho Beach to it's natural state therefore I prefer

Concept 1C approved by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in July 2008. I favour this

concept to the others proposed because:

It is consistent with the overall ecological restoration of Jericho Park. Meets a key Vancouver City

environmental objective to restore natural shore line. Provides the opportunity for safe ocean access.

It includes No Seawall. Would not require costly ongoing maintenance".

This Sunday - Penguin Cup Race
The last Penguin Cup of Spring is this Sunday April 24. Our weekly sailing dinghy 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: 



"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:

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.
Send us Your Pictures

 We are looking for Jericho style photos to help promote Vancouver's ocean access community centre. In particular, if anyone has photos of Habitat '76, 35 years ago in Jericho Park, please send them along.


Thanks to Megan Moser who sent us this photo taken at last weekend's Discovery Sailing Club volunteer work party.

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

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. 
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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