Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationAugust 10, 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 August 11-17, 2011 and beyond:

In This Issue
Canadian Outrigger Champs
Wharf Demolition
Sign up for Lessons

Canadian Outrigger Racing Canoe Championships

This weekend the Canadian Outrigger Racing Canoe Championships take centre stage on Jericho Beach as up to 300 paddlers compete in six person outriggers on Saturday and 1 & 2 person outriggers, as well as surf skis on Sunday. The first race on Saturday will start at 0930 and is expected to start off the Jericho Pier going around the Point Grey bell bouy and back. The second and third races start at 1130H and 1430H respectively and are expected to go around Passage Island and back (weather depending). For more info on the event, paddle over to:

Safety Notice - No Swimming

As Vancouver weather resumes regular summer programming more and more people are opting for the "Lemming Route" throwing themselves into the sea for a swim.


Vancouver has some of the best swimming beaches of any city in the world, however, the stretch of Jericho Beach in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre is NOT one of them. For the past 37 years this has been Vancouver's only public beach designated for the launch of small, naturally powered craft: sailing dinghies, rowboats, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, etc.


The danger for swimmers in this area is the extreme amount of small boat traffic including many skippered by beginners and novices. For this reason swimming is strictly prohibited. Excellent, lifeguarded swim beaches are located to the west at Locarno Beach or to the east at the Jericho Beach swim area.

1st Annual Vancouver SUP Race a Great Success

The first annual Vancouver SUP Race, organized by "Jericho Oceanman" Gary Parsons was enjoyed by heaps of competitors last Sunday, August 7. 


There were various courses including a 4km marathon.


In this image Freiderich Buxbaum, as he often does in sail racing, leaves the competition eating his wake in a head to head match race.


SUP is enjoying a strong rise in popularity and you can expect to see many more events in the future.  

Jericho Wharf Demolition

Demolition of the Jericho Wharf, just to the east of the Jericho Sailing Centre, commenced on August 2 and is expected to continue through to the end of September.

More information on the project can be found on the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation website at:

Jericho Oceanman - Photo Gallery

 Here are some images from the 12th Annual Jericho Oceanman held last Saturday, August 6.


Jericho Beach Packed with Boats











Jericho Oceanman himself, Gary Parsons, preaching to his flock
















Send Us Your Photos 


We're looking for photos of
Jericho activity to spice up our newsletters and website.




Thanks to David Hadley for sending us these images of his buddy Wade Sabados crewing onboard David's Nacra 20.



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Summer Youth Camps 

@ Jericho Sailing Centre


Optimist lesson guppies waiting for the tide to rise




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on the sea!












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:


  • Do not leave your craft unattended on the shoreline for extended periods - share the shore.                          
  • the areas adjacent to launching ramps are for craft launch/retrieval only. Do not rig, repair or otherwise loiter in this area
  • The Jericho Sailing Centre is a SMOKE FREE facility. There is No Smoking permitted in any Vancouver Park or beach 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.