Jericho Sailing Centre Association
October 17, 2011
in the wind

Ahoy Members:
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 October 17, 2011 and beyond:
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Volunteer/Racing Awards
Last Penguin Race
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JSCA Annual General Meeting Review 2011/Preview 2012

On Tuesday, October 25 at 1900H, the members of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association will gather at their 38th Annual General Meeting to review the year gone by and consider the future course of their unique organization.
The AGM is the time to take stock, consider the state of the union, consider how well the JSCA is carrying out its mission to meet the needs of the people it serves and to discuss future direction. Members of the JSCA Board will report on the organizations accomplishments over the past year and challenges for the future. Eight members will be elected to the 15 member JSCA Board. All members of the JSCA are encouraged to attend and participate in their ocean access community centre's AGM.
Members Answer the Call for Nominations
Nine JSCA members put their hats in the ring for the election of JSCA Board of Directors at the 2011 Annual General Meeting. Eight seats are available for a two year term. A list of candidates and a brief statement from each are available for viewing on our website at : . All current JSCA members are entitled to vote at the AGM. Please bring your 2011 JSCA Membership Card or other valid picture identification to register for a ballot. Each candidate will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves at the start of the meeting and answer any questions from the members present. Voting will commence at 1800H and will conclude at 2000H unless extended by the Chair at the meeting. Sorry, there is no provision for proxy voting.
Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Oct. 23 @ 1700H

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 racers and volunteers. As our way of showing appreciation for our volunteers, they receive complementary tickets. If you volunteered for the JSCA in 2011 and haven't received your invitation please contact the JSCA office.
LAST Penguin Cup Racing Series this Sunday

The 2011 Fall Penguin Cup Race Series concludes this Sunday. Racing starts at 1230H. Everyone welcome.
SUP Tragedy Reinforces the Requirement for Safety Leash & PROPER PFD
The recent death of a Stand Up Paddler in Washington State calls attention to the importance of using a safety leash and a PROPER PFD while enjoying the sport. According to the news report, the 35 year old male victim is thought to have drowned within 40 yards of a dock after falling off of his rented SUP board which drifted to shore close by. He apparently was not using a safety leash but was wearing a US Coast Guard approved fanny pack PFD.

A safety leash is attached to the SUP board on one end and has a velcro ankle clasp on the other end. It is a simple and effective safety feature borrowed from traditional surfing designed to keep the craft and crew together in the event of a wipe out.
At the risk of offending those who think differently (send your dissenting views by reply email and I'll include the best one in the next email) I have never liked the fanny pack PFD for the simple reason that when they are needed they require action on behalf of the wearer in order to be effective. (Imagine leaving your seatbelt unbuckled on your lap waiting to be connected as soon as you slam on your brakes or hear squealing tires behind you). While we may not know all of the particulars in this case, we do know the victim was wearing a US Coast Guard approved fanny pack PFD which was not deployed. A proper PFD requires no action by the user. 
If you wear a PFD while Stand-Up Paddling, Transport Canada Regulations do not require you to use a safety leash. If you choose to place your PFD on the deck of your SUP you are required to use a safety leash and have a sound signalling device (ie. whistle).  The JSCA strongly recommends that SUPers use a safety leash, carry a whistle, and wear a proper PFD for safe enjoyment of the sport.
Cold Water Ocean Recreation Safety

There are many people, particularly Stand Up Paddlers, launching from Jericho Beach these days who are new to cold water ocean recreation. Here are some things they must know about:

Appropriate Attire - Dress for Cold Water Immersion
The water temperature is well below the level where it is safe to recreate without a proper (no shorties) wetsuit or drysuit. People who get into serious trouble at this time of year have often made the mistake of dressing for the air temperature not the water temperature, which is fine until something goes wrong and they suddenly find themselves immersed in the water. 
Use Your Head
Forty percent of your heat loss is through your head. When you consider that hypothermia is the most significant danger experienced ocean recreationalists face and a neoprene cowling cost $15 at MEC, you don't need a calulator to do the math. A wool toque or hat will also work quite well.
Always Stay with Your Craft
When a sailing dinghy, windsurfer or kayak capsizes they are usually within a couple of swim strokes of their crew. Some craft, particularly SUP's and surf skis, require a safety leash (in good condition and properly attached) as they can easily get away in a capsize situation. Never leave your craft in an emergency situation as it is far easier to spot than a person in the water. 

Use the Buddy System 
Always sail, paddle, row with someone else, especially in cold water conditions. Let a reliable friend or relative know when and where you are going and when you expect to return. Diligently contact them upon your safe return. If you are launching from Jericho Beach stop in at the JSCA office to let us know when and where you are going and when you expect to return.

Be Aware of Sunset
Recently, JSCA staff have witnessed people launching within a few minutes of sunset. This is a dangerous practice. If something goes wrong for you: equipment failure; changing conditions; fatigue, etc., you are very difficult to find in the dark. Make sure your safety float plan includes plenty of time to get off of the water before sunset.
Jericho Beach Restoration Update

The restoration of the Jericho Beach shoreline will be completed within the next 2 weeks. Park Board planners are still developing a concept for the adjacent upland area to be presented in a Public Consultation meeting expected to be held in late November.

In a recent meeting, Park Board planners indicated that they are striving to accomodate both recreational access (in the form of sand beach paths) and nature (in the form of vegetated beach areas).

We will continue to keep readers updated on Jericho Beach restoration in future issues of "in the wind". 
JSCA October Office Hours

0930H-1730H everyday. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx. 1820H).
Batten Down the Hatches Pacific Storms Heading this Way!

Every "off season" vicious wind storms rip through the Jericho Sailing Centre compound looking for loose tarps, boat covers and poorly stowed gear. When they find a loose tarp they can turn a docile hibernating boat into a flying projectile which can cause damage to neighbouring craft. Members are responsible for ensuring they have "battened down the hatches" on their equipment stored at the Jericho Sailing Centre. If your boat causes damage to neighbouring craft you can be held liable. We encourage you to check your craft regularly year round (particularly after gnarly windstorms), remove any parts or equipment that can be easily removed (most thefts occur between Oct.-April) and make sure water doesn't collect inside your hull (if it freezes and expands it can cause major damage).

(Long-time Jericho Hobie sailor Clayton Sprung has asked me to remind all cat sailors that removing your tramp for the winter is not only prudent preventative maintenance - your tramp will last much longer - but a boat without the tramp installed will provide less wind resistance in the face of a tempest.)
On the Water, Your Safety is Your Responsibility

A reminder to members who play on the bay at this time of year-place an extra emphasis on boat safety for yourself and your crew. Jericho Rescue and other boaters are notably scarce at this time of the year so you must take extra care to ensure a safe on water session. It starts with a check of the weather forecast and tidal activity. Let a friend or family member know you are going, where you are going and when you expect to be back on shore (follow-up with an apr├Ęs sailing phone call). Do a meticulous pre-launch check of your craft and equipment. Recognize when conditions are beyond your ability and choose not to launch. Make sure you are properly dressed-wetsuit/drysuit/hat/booties/gloves-including your PFD. Double check your safety equipment-paddles, bailer, whistle, flares. Know when the sun is setting and understand that the wind often shuts off abruptly in the hour before sunset. Don't go farther from shore than you care to paddle back if you or your equipment should fail or the wind shuts off.
One final tip: enclose your fully charged cell phone in two sealed sandwich bags and keep on your person. In the event of a sea disaster you can't solve yourself, dialing *16 will put you in touch with the Canadian Coast Guard's Rescue Coordination Centre.
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