Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMay 4, 2011

in the wind

Ahoy Ocean Lovers: 

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 May 4-10, 2011 and beyond:


In This Issue
Habitat 1976 Walk
RACING This Sunday
Jen's Atlantic Row
SOS Sailpast May 14
Jericho Beach Update
THIS SATURDAY - Habitat '76 Walk in Jericho Beach Park

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

This walk will tell the story of the Habitat Forum site at Jericho Beach. Habitat Forum was a massive public event held in 1976 in 5 vintage WWI seaplane hangars next to the current Jericho Sailing Centre. Buckminster Fuller, Mother Teresa, Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Mead were among the thousands of guests who visited the buildings, which had been beautifully refurbished by volunteers as part of the 1976 UN Habitat Conference on Human Settlements. During a meandering walk around the site, the talk will also briefly touch on the fascinating history of the Jericho Beach Air Station.

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


Sunday Racing This Weekend

Regular Sunday Racing commences on May 8 at 1230H and runs on every non-regatta Sunday through to September 18. Weekly Tuesday Nite Racing is every Tuesday at 1815H through to September 6.

For a complete event schedule barge over to: 


Jen's Transatlantic Rowing Odyssey - Encore Presentation May 11


ClubLocarno Commodore, Jennifer Weterings, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean earlier this year and gave an informal presentation on her odyssey last Saturday in the Sailor's Lounge to a packed room. Several disappointed people were turned away so Jen has kindly agreed to do an encore presentation on Wednesday, May 11 at 1900H. Here's a sampling of things she'll be covering:


" '15 Minutes!'. It's 1:45 AM and I have barely slept and it's time to start my next shift. Struggling to identify my foulies (foul weather gear) from the sopping heap of stuff in the cabin. Then the ichy, disgusting feeling of pulling on wet gear and knowing, really it doesn't get worse than this, somehow isn't comforting.  Hearing the captains call to 'stroke (rowing position)', I struggle, crawling my way along a crowded deck as Britannia III hurls and rocks in the battering of wind and waves.  


The journey was 42.5 days of rowing 12 hours per day, we covered 2700 nautical miles and rowed from the Canary Islands to Barbados.  


 I'd like to invite you to an informal chat on this wee adventure along with some video and photos.  Topics highlights include;

- Bucket Surfing

- The Racing Snail

- Colin Gray and his million dollar idea

- The Advent of Currency Decimalization

- Beth! you're wearing clothes!

- Flying fish poker

just to name a few..."


All JSCA members are welcome to attend. There is no charge, however this sort of salt water adventure discussion tends to make Jen very thirsty. 

SOS - 2011 Season Opening Sailpast Saturday May 14

The first sail past launched from Jericho Beach may have taken place almost three thousand years ago when original inhabitants of this area set their canoes into the Salish sea and left their village behind to discover, hunt, trade or pillage.

The next sail past from Jericho Beach will be on Saturday, May 14, 2011. All JSCA members are invited to carry on this longstanding tradition. Sail, paddle, windsurf, row - whatever you like to do here, come out and do it on Saturday, May 14 between Noon and 1600H.

The SOS is important to you to ensure that all of your ocean excursions this season are blessed with favourable weather. The SOS is also an important part of the Jericho OPEN HOUSE as it gives our visiting landlubbers an opportunity to see the Jericho Sailing Centre in action. 


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. 

Jericho Beach Ecological Restoration

Park Board Open House May 18

Update from the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Planning Department

The Park Board received more than 330 written responses about the new concept plans for the Jericho Park Marginal Wharf area restoration project received following the Open House on April 12, 2011.

An overwhelming majority of residents support natural beach and shoreline restoration, and removal of the sea wall that is presently located behind the marginal wharf in particular.

Based on this input, the priority going forward will be removal of the wall, and naturalization of the beach and shoreline, in a phased approach in keeping with the available budget. Historical interpretation will be included.

The Park Board is currently working with the consulting team to revise the plan and details for the area, for your review and comment at the next open house:

What:   Open House for Jericho Park Marginal Wharf area Restoration
When:  May 18, 2011
Where: Jericho Sailing Centre
Time:   5:00-8:00 P.M.

Staff and consultants will be present to share information about the revised design, project budget, timelines and phases at this event.

We look forward to working collaboratively with residents to finalize the plans for the Jericho Park Marginal Wharf area restoration project.

Experienced Kayakers Needed - NEW Program for People with Disabilities

The Disabled Sailing Association is going to add kayaking as an activity at Jericho this summer. They have the use of a double-handed kayak complete with pontoons to take clients out for an hour or two in English Bay. The plan is for this pilot project is to offer four times each weekend, 1100 and 200. Clients have to book 72 hours ahead. What is needed are some experienced kayakers to help out as volunteers both in the DSA kayak and in the volunteer's kayak. The experience you have would include a course that included paddler rescue from a tipped kayak. Your assistance would be requested at least two days prior to going out. If you think you would be able to help out please call Eric Molendyk 604.688.6464 ext 117 or email He is compiling a list of volunteers. An information meeting of interested volunteers will be scheduled for a weekend in early June.


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                                     


Jericho Folk Club Tuesdays in the Surf & Turf


Tuesday evenings from from now through September 27 are Jericho Folk Club Nights in the Surf & Turf room of the Jericho Sailing Centre. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy Celtic, singer songwriter, sea shanties, and traditional music.


May 10th Little Mountain Band

           Kitty King, Dave Lidstone and Rob McGregor have played music together for about 30 years. These days they are pursuing their eclectic musical tastes with blues, Jazz and originals on acoustic bass and guitar and mandolin.


7:30pm Jam Session    8:00pm Open Stage   9:20pm Feature Performer                                

$8.00 Admission                                  

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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