Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMay 26, 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 26-June 1, 2011 and beyond:


In This Issue
Jericho Beach Update
Outrigger Iron Race
English Bay Safety Seminar

Jericho Beach Ecological Restoration

Park Board Plan Denies Safe Public Ocean Access

People have paddled from the portion of Jericho Beach, soon to be liberated and ecologically restored after 71 years clad in WWII military concrete and creosote pilings, since people first lived in the area 3,000 years ago. People who want to paddle here in the future will have to get past iron bars, large boulders and strategically placed log piles if the new Park Board plan is allowed to go ahead.

Acknowledging the overwhelming public response supporting a natural beach, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation unveiled their revised concept plan for the restoration of Jericho Beach at a Public Consultation Open House held at the Jericho Sailing Centre on May 18. While the new concept plan largely respects this, it fails to consider that they also received an overwhelming response (77%) supporting safe ocean access. In fact, astoundingly, they failed to mention anything about safe ocean access at all in the presentation of public consultation results.


What is the message here that Vancouver's Park Board is sending to its naturally-powered ocean recreation community?  Park Board Planning staff were directed to "work with stakeholders to prepare a revised concept plan..." yet a distinct recreational community unique to Jericho Park has been deliberately ignored and their opinions even suppressed in a Park Board report. Denial is no longer just a river in Egypt, it's now part of the public process for the restoration of Jericho Beach.

Twenty thousand residents will launch into English Bay, Vancouver's largest playground, from the shore of Jericho Beach this year. That's significantly more than 10 years ago and, taking into account recreational trends and population growth, we can expect that number to significantly increase over the next ten years.  On busy days safe public recreational ocean access is a strong concern now, moving forward into the future it will become a far more serious issue.  Is it possible that the Park Board hasn't considered public safety?

Vancouver's Ocean recreation community, if you want to be heard, you have to speak up a little louder because so far no one is listening. You have until Noon on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 to participate in the democratic process by filling in an on-line Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Open House Comment Form. We encourage you to provide your own wording, but appreciate that we've cut into your ocean recreation time too much already, so we provide this generic cut and pastee for your consideration:

I support Safe Public Recreational Ocean Access from Jericho Park

·         Remove metal railing and other obstructions at the west and SW corner.

·         Retain grass area historically used by public for preparing paddle and wind powered craft for launch.

Here is the link to the on line survey:    

Jericho Iron Classic Race  THIS WEEKEND                May 28 & 29


The Annual Jericho Outrigger Canoe Club Iron Race will be held this weekend at the Jericho Sailing Centre. Teams from all over BC and the Pacific Northwest United States will do battle with oma, hull and paddle in 6 person outriggers (OC6's) on Saturday and single and double outriggers on Sunday. Start times are 0930H, 1100H and 1315H on Saturday and 1100H on Sunday. The teams will start just off the Jericho shore, race 2/3rds of the way to Stanley Park, round a mark heading west, around the bell can off of Point Grey and back to the Jericho Pier. (course subject to change depending on wind and weather). For the most part water traffic in and around the Jericho Sailing Centre will remain unaffected but please be alert during starts and as a courtesy give these racing crews the "right of way" throughout their race.
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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 Classic Regatta                                              June 4 & 5




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English Bay Safety Seminar                  June 6

The English Bay Safety Seminar was developed for users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to help keep them safe at play on the waters of English Bay. The seminar covers basic water safety fundamentals along with user specific information drawn from the logs of the Jericho Rescue Team who have intervened in thousands of "sea disasters" over the past 37 years.

Why make your own mistakes when you can learn from the mistakes of others? Don't challenge Darwin's theory, make sure your water safety knowledge is the fittest it can be. Your survival may well depend upon it. Find the missing links and fill in the gaps in your water safety knowledge by attending a FREE English Bay Safety Seminar June 6 & 27. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

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.


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

$8.00 Admission                                  

Willy Blizzard Delivers Indie Folk to Jericho June 7
Vancouver based indie alt/folk trio Willy Blizzard will be the feature act at Jericho Folk Club on June 7th.

The venue is a sought after performance venue known for its history and atmosphere.  Located upstairs at the Jericho Sailing Centre at the foot of Discovery Street, the club is a long standing piece of Vancouver folk history which has hosted many local and touring musicians over the years.

Bass player Andrea Law says, "The Jericho Folk Club is a perfect spot to showcase our original material coming from Canadian history and landscape.  It's funny that this venue is located above the sailing centre where we currently store our own canoes.  By coincedence,  one of our songs is actually about paddling."

Being active outdoor enthusiasts, Willy Blizzard was honored to learn their music was selected by the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario.  Proud to be associated with the respected cultural organization, the band offers the song for free download at "" 

The Willy Blizzard trio performsrootsy originals featuring vocal harmonies, guitars, banjo and stand-up bass.  The vocals of front man John Hough ("a mahogany rich voice" -- Vancouver Province) have been heard at concerts and festivals such as the Vancouver Folk Festival and the Mission Folk Festival.  His warm voice has been described as "the smoothest baritone west of the Rockies."

Giving a nod back to classic country instrumentation, while tapping into the more contemporary sound of electric, what really sets their repertoire apart is the songwriting.  Willy Blizzard's concerts convey genuine musical and lyrical warmth and add just a little more insight into the heart of Canada.

Appearing at Jericho Folk Club, Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 7:30pm
Jericho Hobie Classic Regatta                                  June 11 & 12


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The "Albatross" sitting on a gray sea under a gray sky off Point Grey all colourfully flagged up for Sailpast 2011 on May 14.

Your Safety is Your Responsibility
There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the ocean always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe ocean experience.
It is every member's responsibility to know and observe the rules of the road when on or near the water. Here are some key rules which every Jericho member must know and practice.
1. Always wear your P.F.D. on the water.
2. Sail powered craft have the right of way over power craft, paddle and rowing powered craft.
3. All non-commercial vessels shall keep well clear of commercial vessels.
4. It is illegal and extremely dangerous to pass between a tug and it's tow.
5. A port tack sailing vessel shall keep clear of a starboard tack vessel.
6. A windward vessel shall keep clear of a leeward vessel.
7. A vessel clear astern shall keep clear of a vessel ahead.
8. Any vessel overtaking another shall keep clear.
9. A vessel tacking or gybing shall keep clear of a vessel on a tack.
10.The area south of the orange can buoys is for training or transiting only.
11.Swimming or wading on the beach in front of the Centre is prohibited and is particularly dangerous for small children.
12.It is unsafe to loiter or let children play near the bottom of launching ramps.
13. Stay well clear of the end of the Jericho Pier as fishers cast lines as far as possible
14. Be cautious of pathway traffic when launching/retrieving
15. Do not leave your craft on the shoreline for extended periods of time
Common sense goes a long way toward maintaining a safe environment. Membership in the Jericho Sailing Centre Association is contingent on members knowing and observing the Safe Ocean Sailing rules.

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