Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationDecember 14, 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 December 14, 2011 and beyond:

In This Issue
Jericho Beach Concept
Xmas Shop Jericho
2012 Jericho Events
DSA Dock Donations
Save the Planet
Safety Your Responsibility

Jericho Beach Restoration Phase 2 Concept 

The final proposed design concept for theJericho Beach Restoration Phase 2 was presented at a public meeting at Aberthau last Wednesday, December 7. Over 60 members of the public, including many members of the JSCA,  attended to ask questions and provide feedback to Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Planning staff and consultants. 

The latest design concept takes into account and respects Jericho's historic use as Vancouver's primary marine access park facilitating traffic flow to and from the shore including easy, unobstructed access to the parking lot and the Jericho Sailing Centre, Vancouver's, non-taxpayer funded, publically accessible, ocean access community centre.
With the continuing growth in popularity of paddlesport recreation in Vancouver, this area will become a favourite destination for many citizens-it will likely be the best paddling beach in Vancouver.  We encourage all users of the Jericho Sailing Centre and other interested paddlers, rowers and SUPers to support it by filling out the Park Board survey at the following link:


If the design is received favourably by the public, the newly elected Park Board is likely to approve it in January 2012 with work commencing in the spring. For more complete information on the Jericho Beach Restoration Phase 2 Concept, drift over to:


In order for this to become the best paddling beach in Vancouver the Board of Parks and Recreation must officially designate it for such use in a separate process. More on this in future editions of "in the wind".

Looking For a well seasoned Christmas Gift?

Give your loved ones the Sea.


Gift certificates to enhance ocean access in 2012 are now available from our affiliated schools:


Dinghy Sailing                                          

Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling   

Ocean Kayaking                                       


2012 Jericho Sailing Centre Association Memberships are also available in gift certificate form by contacting our office at

2012 JSCA Event Schedule

The 2012 JSCA Event Calendar is now on our website All of our regular programs Sunday Racing, Tuesday Nite Racing, Rookie Racing & English Bay Safety Seminars are back along with fixture regattas: Jericho Classic, Flights of Spring Regatta, Tasar BC's and the Hobie Classic Regatta. Highlights for the New Year include hosting the Canadian Laser Masters Championship, MEC Paddlefest 2012 and the Locarno Rowing Regatta. For the complete event calendar, so far, paddle over to 

2012 Vancouver Boat Show

The 2012 Vancouver Boat Show will take place from February 8-12 at the newly renovated BC Place Stadium. The JSCA will have an informational display at the show and is looking for JSCA member volunteers to crew our booth. The show hours are 1100H-2100H Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 1000H-1900H on Saturday; and, 1000H-1700H on Sunday. We are looking for volunteers for two hour shifts. Volunteers will receive free admission to the show. To sign up email Holly at .   For more info on the 2012 Vancouver Boat Show, showboat your mouse over to .


Jericho Sailing Centre Association Office Hours

December/January Hours 0930H-1630H The office will close at 1630H on December 23 and will reopen on January 2 at 0900H. Staff will be onsite throughout this period to check for messages and ensure security of our facility. Gates open at 0700H and are locked at Dusk. (approx. 1615H). JSCA Members are able to purchase a key for $5 which will provide for facility access outside of office hours.


Donate to the Disabled Sailing Association Floating Dock Fund

Are you considering making a charitable donation this year? Did you know that the first Disabled Sailing program in Canada started right here at the Jericho Sailing Centre? It is now one of 30 in our country and the only one without an accessible floating dock facility? In 2011, the Disabled Sailing Association of BC (DSA) launched close to 900 sails from the Jericho Sailing Centre but many more people were left on shore due to the inaccessibility of ramp-launched craft at lower tides. An accessible floating dock facility would effectively increase DSA's capacity by 50% allowing more people to escape their earthly bonds and experience the freedom of sailing over the sea.

The Disabled Sailing Association has set up a designated fund to assist with financing a new dock facility. It is now possible for people to make donations and receive charitable receipts via the DSA website at
. Click "Donate Now through Canada Helps" and under "Fund/Designation" click "Jericho Floating Dock Project."  A charitable tax receipt will be sent via email. For more information you can contact Duane Geddes at the Disability Foundation (604)688-6464, ext. 103.

2012 Paperless Invoice Option

Your 2012 Jericho Sailing Centre Association invoice for membership and storage fees will be sent to you in mid January 2012 (due April 1, 2012 with a 2% discount if paid by February 15).
Many members indicated when they paid their 2011 fees that they would like to receive paperless invoices from us in 2012 - as long as your email has not changed, no action is required on your part to receive a paperless invoice.

If you would like to receive a paperless invoice but have not previously indicated this to the JSCA please email us along with the address you'd like to receive it to . Please include "Paperless Invoice" in the subject line.

Thank you for helping the JSCA reduce costs and our impact on the environment.

Safety Notice - Hypothermia can be Deadly- Dress Appropriately!

If you recreate on the ocean at this time of year you must be aware of the danger of hypothermia and take approriate steps to guard against it.
Here is a link provided by our member Stefan from UBC of his favourite cold water education site:   
Compound Water Shut Stations Winterized

As our facility has evolved from the RCAF Jericho Beach Air Station, much of the Jericho Sailing Centre's compound water system is at or near the ground surface to avoid costly trenching through concrete. Below freezing temperatures last week initiated our annual winterization which includes flushing the system dry and shutting off the water main for the next few months.


In the meantime, the water hosing station on the SE corner of the building is insulated and operational throughout the winter. 

Winterize Your Boat

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 and checking their craft after gnarly windstorms. We encourage you to check your craft regularly year round, 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).  
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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.
1.1 SUPers MUST use a safety leash. Also recommended for surf skis and other sit on top craft.

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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