Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationAugust 31, 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 31- September 7, 2011 and beyond:

In This Issue
English Bay Safety
Notice of AGM
Jericho Beach Airstation
Wharf Demolition Update
Best Part of Summer Still to Come



Three quarters of the month of September occurs in the summer season. Despite that fact some regular Jericho Beach users traditionally go into maritime hibernation following the Labour Day weekend-but wait, don't put that boat away just yet. September is often the best month for ocean activity in Vancouver. The transition of seasons from summer to fall brings a bountiful harvest of wind over the bounding main. Water and air often maintain their summer composure, temperature wise, and although twilight progressively dwindles down to the shortest straw of summer days, there is still time to slip in a quick session on the briny between the end of the work day and the end of the daylight.

The Jericho Sailing Centre will be busy, supporting 8 on water event days in September including the largest of our many events this year the 3,300 participant UBC Rec "Day of the Longboat". Also on our event calendar is the Tasar BC regatta, and the UBC Sailing Club Invitational Regatta. Our schools will be busy teaching ocean kayaking, dinghy sailing and windsurfing to hundreds of Grade 11 & 12 Community Recreation students from high schools all over the Metro Vancouver area.


When the summer of 2011 officially takes it's final bow on September 21st don't be surprised if it's followed by a curtain call with the typical "Salish" Indian Summer providing great water recreation conditions well into October.


Last Blast for Regular Jericho Weekly Sail Racing Series

Last Sunday Racing September 3 @ 1230H

Last Tuesday Racing September 6 @ 1815H

Tasar BC's Regatta

Tasar BC's Regatta September 10 & 11  Notice of Race



UBC Invitational Regatta

UBC Invitational Regatta September 17 & 18 Notice of Race



English Bay Safety Seminar  Sept. 12 - FREE Shipwreck Repellent

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 on Monday, September 12 at 1900H RSVP ONLY, JSCA office.



Jericho Sailing Centre Association

 Notice of Annual General Meeting

Tuesday October 25 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 38th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2010/2011 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future.  Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.

Call for Nominations

Voting will take place to elect eight members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors.  The J.S.C.A. Board meets once a month to set policy and determine Jericho's direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 11.   The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.   For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email

Jericho Beach Airstation Presentation


The Jericho Beach Airstation was an important part of British Columbia's aviation history. Established in 1920 the Jericho Beach Airstation facilitated flying boats used to chart and map the BC Coast, survey tree stands for the fledgling forestry industry, deliver people, supplies and mail to remote coastal communities and during prohibition, worked with Canada Customs to help stem the tide of swashbuckling rumrunners.
Come to the last surviving building of the Jericho Beach Airstation, the Jericho Sailing Centre, and learn more about this colourful piece of Vancouver history. Chris Weicht, author of "Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Boat Stations" will present his slideshow of historic photographs and discuss the little known aviation history of this area on Tuesday, October 18 at 1900H. Tickets are available at the JSCA office $10 for the public or $5 for JSCA Members. Seating is limited so make sure you get your ticket asap.


Jericho Wharf Demolition UPDATE
SUP instructor, Dale Rollings, stands upside down in awe at the sight of sunlight touching central Jericho beach for the first time in 70 years.

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.

The Park Board will host a public consultation to consider the design of the upland area. Users of west Jericho Beach are encouraged to participate in this process to ensure that public safety and historical usage are properly considered. 

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

Send Us Your Photos 


Rivershed Society annual canoe trip down the Fraser River concludes amongst fleets of other craft vying for shorespace on Jericho Beach in the shadow of the wharf demolition crane.

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
















Here are some images from this past weekend, a busy one at Jericho Beach, which included: the UBC Sailing Club Fun Regatta, UBCSC Big Brothers & Big Sisters Sailing Day, City Chase, Kayak For A Cure, Sea Scout Open House and the last stop of Finn Donnelly's Rivershed Society Fraser River Canoe Trip. 

Kayak for a Cure participants launching from Jericho Beach raised $45,000 in the quest to cure cancer last Sunday.


















Sea Dragon Sea Scouts hosted an Open House on Jericho Beach last Sunday.

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.

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