Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationOctober 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 October 28- November 10, 2011 and beyond:

In This Issue
Volunteer of the Year
Annual Fleet Planning Meeting
Safety Your Responsibility

Jericho Beach Liberated! (Almost)


Yesterday's walk along this stretch of Jericho Beach was profoundly different than all of those walks before it. Gone was the barnacle encrusted dark forest of creosote pilings and the claustrophobic, chemical soaked, toxic timber canopy they supported. No trace remained of the one and a half acre crumbling mothballed WWII military base concrete topside. The noxiously skanky, saltwater flooded cesspool smell had all evaporated into memory along with the multitude of rats- by and large, this is how it used to be here a very long time ago.

A crisp Autumn Vancouver day, 10 knot south easterly breeze, wavelets lapping the freshly enlightened shoreline, scattered fleck s of sunshine peeking through the clouds, a ribbon of blue sky between the Island mountain serrated western horizon and the Pacific edge of a damp gray low pressure system, all to the tune of gull music directly overhead (sounded like they were crying out "Chariots of Fire"). The Jericho wharf* is finally gone.


Unfortunately the public won't have the chance to experience this newly liberated section of Jericho Beach until sometime in the summer of 2012. There is still work which needs to be done in daylight during extreme low summer tides to ensure the area is safe for all users.

The opportunity for this sneak peek preview came courtesy of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Planning Department staff who, along with their Jericho Beach Restoration Project consulting crew, were gathering feedback from a natural ocean recreation perspective to assist in the development of their Phase 2 Concept Plan. The Park Board have indicated that their new concept plan, expected to be presented at a Public Meeting in late November, will balance the relative return to nature and much needed public ocean access for Vancouverites to launch naturally powered watercraft-as inhabitants have done here for the better part of the last 3,000 years.

The date of the meeting will be announced by the Park Board shortly and readers of "in the wind" will be notified and encouraged to attend and/or participate in the public consultation process.


*JSCA Planning Chair Dan Wallace, who worked here at the Jericho Beach Air Station as a Royal Canadian Air Force mechanic, maintains that it was not a wharf but actually a "concrete apron" (base drawings support his claim) which the RCAF flying boats used to taxi to floating wooden slipways attached to it, facilitating their launch into the sea.

He does concede that it was used as a wharf on one occasion when barges offloaded two warplanes which had crashed off the BC coast on the way to Alaska. As the story goes, these 2 bombers ran out of fuel while inflight because the flight crews where not told of a modified switch which would've activated their reserve fuel tanks.

Jericho Beach Restoration - Historic Slipway Unearthed!


1920 photo of a Curtiss HS-2L flying boat launching off the original slipway of the Jericho Beach Air Station.

Historic photos courtesy of Chris Weicht

During the Jericho Beach Restoration in early October the remnants of the original Jericho Beach slipway were unearthed. This slipway was used from 1920 until construction of the concrete apron (known as the Jericho wharf) was built in 1939. Crews were required to work during night time extreme low tides (0.9') in order to reach the northern most end of the slipway. 






Safety Notice - Hypothermia is Deadly- Dress Appropriately!

On October 27 two Stand-up Paddlers stroked past the Jericho Sailing Centre approximately 2 Km offshore. Neither had a PFD of any kind, one was dressed in shorts and a longsleeve technical shirt and the other was wearing nothing but boardshorts. It's not rocket science folks, hypothermia is the biggest danger we all face at this time of year, we have to be prepared.
Here is a link provided by Stefan from UBC of his favourite cold water education site:

JSCA 2011 Volunteer of the Year - Jonathan Hitchings



Forty  members attended the Annual JSCA Volunteer Appreciation and Racing Awards Dinner last Sunday. Many thanks were heaped on all of our volunteers and in particular our 2011 Volunteer of the Year: Jonathan Hitchings. Jon is a very active member of the Jericho Rescue Team logging everything from late night duty fireworks marine safety coverage to early morning ocean swim competition safety support. Jon supported many of JSCA's on water racing events and was one of our more prolific photographers. Thank you Jon for your contribution over this past year toward making the Jericho Sailing Centre the special community centre that it is.  

Send Us Your Photos 


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




Thanks to JSCA's 2011 Volunteer of the Year (see above) Jonathan Hitchings for sending us these September photos of longtime member Rolf Kullak expertly sailing his Flying Dutchman.







JSCA Annual Fleet Planning Meeting - November 29 @ 1900H
Racers, whatever your class, this is the meeting where we lay out the first draft of the 2012 JSCA Event Schedule. If you have an idea for an event, or how we can make racing programs better, come to this meeting, share your ideas and help us plan for a successful 2012.
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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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