Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationSeptember 28, 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 September 28- October 12, 2011 and beyond:

In This Issue
Longboats Coming!
Send Us Your Photos
Safety Notice
Volunteer/Racing Dinner
Jericho Beach Airstation
Notice of AGM


          UBC REC "Day of the Longboat" Celebrates 25 Years...

                                       ....and 30 Centuries of Paddling from Jericho Beach

The drums will be banging a little bit louder than usual this Saturday & Sunday at the Jericho Sailing Centre as the 25th annual "Day of the Longboat" celebrates a centuries old Jericho Beach tradition.

Three thousand years ago original inhabitants of this area plied the waters of the Salish Sea from this shore in cedar canoes with perfect drumbeat rhythm.

This weekend more than 3500 modern day Vancouver natives will pick up a paddle (many for the first time) to compete in the UBC Rec Day of the Longboat event. Participants, ranging from novice paddlers to world class paddling athletes, will compete in several divisions.

The paddle is the drumstick of people powered watercraft and, especially this weekend, will provide a splashy percussion rhythm off Jericho Beach in harmony with the mountain framed seascape that is Vancouver, as it has here since the beginning of human time.


For information & more images of UBC REC Day of the Longboat paddle your mouse over to:

Safety Notice - Day of the Longboat - Heavy Traffic Around The Shore


This weekend, regular users of the Jericho Sailing Centre must exercise more caution than usual when transiting to and from the shore. Heats of up to 8 longboats will start, approximately every 8 minutes,  from the shore between ramps 2 and 3. After

rounding Mark #1 and picking up a baton from Jericho Beach (east of the beach restoration site) the boats will round Mark #2 and Mark #3 approximately 200M offshore before heading back to finish on the shore between ramps 1 & 2.


Please be aware of impending longboat starts as well as boats out on the race course. If in doubt, Jericho Rescue Team members, Jericho staff and UBC REC personnell will be able to advise you. Racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 0800H-1700H.

Jericho Beach Restoration Update 

As of this week the only sign of the wharf that has stood here for the past 70 years are a few crumbling sections of the concrete retaining wall that joined it to the land. The retaining wall will be removed and the concrete over the land will be cut back this fall to allow for a more naturally shaped beach.


The rock in the foreground of this photo (left) was brought in to shore up the east side of the groyne which was exposed when the wharf was removed.

We have requested that the Park Board finish this unique SW corner area in such a way that it enhances, rather than obstructs, safe recreational ocean access for the people of Vancouver.






More project information is available on the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation website at:

Jericho Beach Liberated








Send Us Your Photos 


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

Naval tradition calls for strict discipline, which is why you must never forget your paddle!




Thanks to Andrew Kerr, Lieutenant (Navy), for sending us the cover shot and this image of the Sea Cadet program out of the Jericho Sailing Centre.









Thanks to Robert Fougere for sending us these images of the UBC Sailing Club Invitational Regatta held on September 17 & 18.





















Safety Notice - Dropping Ocean Temps - Dress Appropriately

As the autumn progresses Jericho members are reminded that we lose a couple of minutes of daylight (sunset tonight is 1858H) each day so keep an eye on the time of sunset and remember that the wind often shuts off abruptly within an hour of dusk. Don't sail any further from the centre than you would like to paddle and remember your paddle. Water temperatures are noticeably cooler-make sure you and your crew are appropriately dressed for cold water immersion. 

Penguin Cup Racing Series

The Fall Penguin Cup Racing Series dates are Sundays: October 9, 16 and 23 at 1230H. If you are an avid sail race fan but not into chilly temperatures we always have room on the Albatross Race Committee boat for extra helpers.


Volunteer Appreciation & Racing Awards Dinner 

All members are invited to attend the annual JSCA Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, October 23 at 1700H. Tickets are $10 and available in the JSCA office up until Saturday, October 22. There will be a slideshow presentation and awards bestowed upon our notable volunteers and racers. As our way of showing appreciation for our volunteers, they receive complementary tickets.

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 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

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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 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.


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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