Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJune 15, 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 June 15-June 21, 2011 and beyond:


In This Issue
Safety Seminar
Support Big Sisters
Try SUP!

Stand Up Paddling is growing more popular each year at the Jericho Sailing Centre and around the world.  Offering a "no wind" surfing alternative to windsurfing, SUP is a sport that is easily learned and a good all around fitness workout.

If you would like to give it a try, Windsure Adventure Sports is offering a limited time special to JSCA members for a 1 hour lesson. Regularly $30, show them your current JSCA member card when you book and pay just $20. Lesson times are daily at 0830H; 1630H and 1730H. This special goes until June 30.


The Jericho Rescue Team have reported numerous instances of local Stand Up Paddlers not wearing a Personal Floatation Device. The Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver Police Department have asked us to remind users of Jericho Beach that PFD's are required by law on SUP's and every craft launched out of the Jericho Sailing Centre.

Rookie Racing THIS SUNDAY June 19

There is no better way to improve your sailing skills than to get out and race. Come out to the JSCA's Rookie Racing Seminar on Sunday, June 19 at the crack of 0900H. We take the legalese mumble jumble of Sail Racing Rules and explain them in the simplest barnacle brain terms. This program is free as the wind to JSCA members or $83 +GST for non-members.

Send Us Your Pictures

We are looking for Jericho style photos to spruce up our website & newsletters.


Tallships "Lady Washington" and "Hawaiian Chieftain" duked it out in a mock seabattle on English Bay last Sunday. The "Lady Washington" appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies as the HMS Interceptor "the fastest ship in the British Navy". In our cover photo Jericho Rescue Team member Jonathan Hitchings acts as referee from on board Jericho Rescue.


Support Your Local Lifeguards - Donate a Bike
 Whenever there is a medical emergency at the Jericho Sailing Centre our protocol, after calling 911 is to contact our friendly, neighbourhood lifeguards. The guards at the Jericho and Locarno Beach Lifeguard Stations have provided excellect support over the years and have helped make the Jericho Sailing Centre a safer place for all users.
When they come they usually get here in mere minutes travelling by bicycle, however, over the off season their bicycles have disappeared.
If you have an unused bicycle (preferably mountain bike) in good condition that you would like to donate to the lifeguards please bring it down to the Jericho Sailing Centre on your next visit.
English Bay Safety Seminar June 27

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 27. 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

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Become a Big Sister

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is going to have a information session at JSCA.
They will present their mission about enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of girls through supportive friendships with caring women.
You want to share a little Magic, you heard about Big Sisters before, you know a Big Sister, and you want to know more about it,
please join the presentation Wednesday June 29th at 7pm in the Surf and Turf room at JSCA.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Subaru Vancouver Triathlon  July 3

Volunteers - we need you! Approximately 800 elite and recreational tri athletes from around the world and from our own local communities will gather to test their endurance, compete for prizes and medals and enjoy the magnificent settings of these five great events. Some of the athletes will be preparing for the famous Hawaii Ironman this fall.   Becoming a volunteer will help make each of the event a success - the athletes need your help and it is very inspiring! Many positions are available and Volunteers will receive a great K-Swiss Technical race shirt, prizes and food & beverages! You can register as a volunteer at

General Event Information:

Set-Up: Friday afternoons noon to 6 pm
Pre Check in/Expo, Saturdays, 9:00 am to 6: 00 pm
Race day: Sundays, 5 am to 2 pm Take down 2 pm to 6 pm

Large Group Honorariums:

If your sport team, school group, church members etc can bring a large group to volunteer than we can offer an honorarium.  .

Please give us a call or email if you can give some time.

250-220-2259  or


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.


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

$8.00 Admission                                  

Jericho Sailing Centre Etiquette

Common sense and consideration of fellow members help make the Jericho Sailing Centre a true community centre with a friendly salt water community atmosphere. Here are a few etiquette reminders to keep things sailing along smoothly:                          

  • The Jericho Sailing Centre is a SMOKE FREE facility. There is No Smoking permitted in any Vancouver Park or beach area.
  • the areas adjacent to launching ramps are for craft launch/retrieval only. Do not rig, repair or otherwise loiter in this area.
  • Give pathway users the right of way and bear in mind they may be distracted and not aware that you are crossing the pathway with your craft or launch rope.
  • launch dollies are for launching/retrieval only (not for storage) and must be returned to the fence immediately after use.
  • if you launch from your own dolly or trailer return it to your storage spot after launching.
  • do not use the winches unless you are familiar with their safe operation. Winch instruction is available from staff or Jericho Rescue Team members. Only members or registered guests may use winches & dollies.
  • only leashed, well behaved dogs are allowed in the compound, no dogs are allowed in the building or on the deck. Do not tie dogs to the base of stairwells or in other traffic areas. Do not leave your dog onshore while you are on the water. The City prohibits dogs on beaches. In consideration of other Jericho users please consider leaving your dog at home while visiting the Jericho Sailing Centre.
  • Please coil hoses immediately after use and conserve water.
  • Do not block aisle ways.
  • Rinse racks are for rinsing not drying.


Danger! Boat Crossing

Over a busy weekend thousands of people stroll the beach path past the Jericho Sailing Centre. Many are focused on all of the on water activity and are not looking for people, boats and equipment suddenly emerging from our chain link compound. Please be extra aware and cautious of lollygagging landlubbers on the beach path as you exit the gates with your equipment.

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.