Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJuly 6, 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 July 7-13, 2011 and beyond:

In This Issue
Pre-register for Paddlefest!
Bailiff Auction Noon Saturday
Tri, Tri Again
Locarno Life Bike
Jericho H2O Wear

THIS Sunday

MEC Paddlefest 2011 - FREE Kayak Demos All Day!

From kayakers to outrigger canoes; from surf skis, to stand-up paddling, to times when the wind unexpectedly dies and sailors resolve themselves to their alternative propulsion system -every day is a "paddle fest" at the Jericho Sailing Centre-but only THIS Sunday, July 10 is MEC Paddlefest 2011.


Mountain Equipment Co-op Paddlefest is an urban celebration of kayaking, canoeing, and the ocean environment in British Columbia. The festival will feature learning opportunities on the water and on the land. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome. There will be FREE on water course Introduction to kayaking, guided tours, forward strokes, introduction to rolling, basic rescue, towing, paddling fitness, kids kayaking. Land clinics include navigation, choosing a kayak, choosing a paddle, trip packing, injury prevention, kayaking Vancouver Island. There will be manufacturer, sport educational, and environment displays as well as the Vancouver Aquarium's mobile oceanariums-imagine, bringing sea creatures for a day at the beach.


This will be a great opportunity for anyone who wants to flex a paddle for free, but you must register in advance if you want in on a course by trekking over to

If you've never paddled but are curious to try, this is your best opportunity.

NO Sunday Racing This Weekend 

Our regular Sunday Racing program gives way this weekend to MEC Paddlefest, a perfect opportunity for all of our regular Sunday racers to demo a kayak for FREE!

Bailiff Auction THIS Saturday  @ Noon

The annual JSCA Bailiff Auction takes place this Saturday at Noon in the Plaza of the Jericho Sailing Centre. Craft & equipment seized under the Warehouse Lien Act for non-payment of fees owing as well as donated equipment and goods left in our Lost and Found since last Fall will go on the auction block. 

Triathletes Savour Summer Swim

2011 Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon 



On Sunday, July 3 over 800 athletes splashed into the sea beside the Jericho Pier for the swim section of what has been voted one of the "Top 10 Urban Triathlons on the Planet", the Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon. With perfect weather conditions and calm waters, Vancouver's stunning beauty shined through. Some raced to win, some to achieve their personal best time while others looked to complete their first triathlon.   Some athletes used this opportunity as a training race for Ironman Canada where a lucky few hope to qualify for the legendary Hawaii Ironman World Championships.

The Jericho Rescue Team set the anchors on what some athletes commented was the best marked swim event they have participated in. Together with a great crew of Vancouver Lifeguards, Jericho Rescue also provided safety support for the swim. Thanks to Jericho Rescue Team Members Mark Daigle, Jonathan Hitchings, Anton Pitts, Andrew Balakshin and Andrei Bredin for answering the 0500H crew call to set up the swim course. 

Locarno Life Bike

Jericho Rescue Team Donates Bicycle to Locarno Lifeguard Station 


Members of the Jericho Rescue Team donated a bicycle to the Locarno Beach Lifeguard station on Sunday following their combined safety coverage of the Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon.

In the event of an emergency at one beach, lifeguards from other stations can provide essential back-up. The diffence between "bicycle speed" and "foot speed" could be a matter of minutes and in a life and death situation might make all of the difference in the world.


Register Now

Summer Youth Camps @ Jericho Sailing Centre




Send your kid to camp

on the sea!







                                                                                                                         Dinghy Sailing        (604) 224-7245                                             



Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling   (604) 224-0615   


 Ocean Kayaking               (604) 689-7575






Send Us Your Photos

We're looking for Jericho ocean recreation photos to spice up our newsletter and website.


Thanks to Jonathan Hitchings who was able to keep up with the Jones'; Mark & Ingrid for our cover photo.


 Thanks to Captain David Hood for these photos of The Navy League of Canada Regatta for Sea Cadets held at the Jericho Sailing Centre on June 25.


The Canadian Coast Guard and Vancouver Police Department have asked us to remind Stand Up Paddling users of Jericho Beach that PFD's are required by law on SUP's and every craft launched out of the Jericho Sailing Centre.

PFD                                         $50

No PFD Fine                            $200

Your safety on the water:       $Priceless

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Jericho H2O Wear - Now Available in the JSCA Office


Jericho Sailing Centre staff Tristan and Lorena model the latest in Jericho Beach fashion, sporting the Jericho Sailing Centre's new H2O logo.








Focus on fashion, arrive at the beach in style sporting your Jericho Sailing Centre colours. Shirts (available in cotton & wickwear, short and longsleeve), hats & lanyards. 

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.