Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJuly 20, 2011



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 21-28, 2011 and beyond:

In This Issue
UBC Sailing Beach Party
Jericho Oceanman
SUP Race!
Paddling The Georgia Straight
English Bay Safety Seminar
Rainproof Kids Camps
Rainy Day Recreation Suits Vancouver Perfectly 

 When tennis balls reach their fuzz saturation point and fling sprinkler bursts spiraling from their soggy smashing wakes; when hard core golfers don hip waders to navigate their balls through whole hole water hazards; when jogging shoes slosh in squishy squashy rhythm and grass field users lose all of their traction; when even the most hardened cyclists dread the water ski wake of passing cars; whenever Vancouver gets rinsed by relentless rain, from deep within the very nature of Vancouver, ocean sports swell and rise to the occasion.

 At the top of the short list of outdoor recreation lessons that don't get cancelled in the rain, ocean kayaking, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, skim boarding and stand-up paddling are all at the peak of poor weather high performance.   Dressed for the wettest possible conditions, bobbing on the briny, a little precipitation just means you shower as you go.

Global warming, bad luck, the constantly slowing rotation of the earth, Murphy's Law or climatic admonishment for harbouring so many sore Stanley Cup losers, whatever the reason, most Vancouverites are "suffering" what appears to be the worst spring/summer weather combo on record. Many of those who refuse to stay indoors and suffer often find themselves launching small craft from Jericho Beach.

As with sunnier times, the sea mammals of Jericho are all going to get wet anyway. They simply wipe away the sky tears, and appreciate the natural beauty of a thousand different shades of grey, the ripple pattern of rain craters on the ocean face, the adventurous feel of being wind powered or the pulling of water into wake, coasting the slipstream trails that hulls blaze through the surface of the sea, and as a bonus, at the end of a rainy recreational Vancouver day, it doesn't take nearly as long to rinse all of the salt off of the equipment.

THIS SATURDAY UBC Sailing Club Beach Party

Come down and flap your flip flops at the UBC Sailing Club "Beach Party" this Saturday, July 23 at 2000H. Live entertainment featuring The Tranzmitors. Tix are available from the UBC Sailing Club or the Jericho Sailing Centre office for $12. Advance sales only-no tix available at the door. Jericho Sailing Centre/Vancouver Park Board NO SMOKING policy strictly enforced.

Send Us Your Photos 

Thanks to our regular contributor, Jericho Rescue Team member, Sylvia Jordi, for sending us this Tuesday Nite Racing photo of  JSCA VP Tony Martin happily demonstrating Dronsfield's Axiom of Sailboat Racing.







"Dronsfield's Axiom- In racing, there is nothing more pleasurable than seeing disaster strike the boat ahead of you!"


Jericho Oceanman August 6

The annual Jericho Oceanman competition takes place on Saturday, August 6. For details and to register surf over to  . 

Vancouver SUP Race August 7

The first annual Vancouver SUP Race takes place at the Jericho Sailing Centre on Sunday, August 7 starting at Noon. For detailed info. and to register click on  Vancouver SUP  .

Georgia Straight Splashes SUP

Click here to see where The Georgia Straight stands regarding SUP .

English Bay Safety Seminar - July 25 @ 1900H

Skippers are completely responsible for their safety and that of their crew when out on the water. If your knowledge is lacking here is your chance to fill in the gaps. The English Bay Safety Seminar is based on the "sea disasters" experienced in English Bay over the last 37 years as written in the logs of the Jericho Rescue Team. RSVP JSCA Office (604)224-4177.

Register Now

Rainproof Summer Youth Camps @ Jericho Sailing Centre





Send your kid to camp

on the sea rain or shine!







                                                                                                                         Dinghy Sailing        (604) 224-7245                                             




Windsurfing, SUP, Skimboarding   (604) 224-0615   


 Ocean Kayaking               (604) 689-7575















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.

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