Jericho Sailing Centre Association                  May 9, 2012

in the wind
Ahoy Vancouver 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 May 9, 2012 and beyond: 
In This Issue
SOS 2012
Safety Seminar
JSCA Fund Raising
Join our Mailing List!
SOS 2012 - Season Opening Sailpast THIS SATURDAY May 12
Welcoming newcomers is one of this Saturday's main themes as the Jericho Sailing Centre invites the public to join us as we celebrate the "official" launch of the 2012 season at our annual OPEN HOUSE and Sail Past.
We ask all members to invite friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, acquaintances and friendly strangers to the Jericho Sailing Centre between Noon and 4pm this Saturday to discover all of the bountiful natural powered low cost recreation programs, facilities and services we have to offer. While they are here they can buy you lunch in the Jericho Galley Patio and Grill and receive member discounts. They can also join you in the Sail Past or take your picture and cheer you on from the roof top deck. 
The Sail Past is handed down from ancient maritime tradition where the fleet would Sail Past the Admiral's ship for review and each skipper would salute the Admiral. The Sail Past is a great opportunity for all of the Fleets of the Jericho Sailing Centre to come together, meet one another and celebrate the sports they love and our unique ocean access community centre. Jericho Members and their guests will sail, paddle, windsurf, row, past our flagship committee boat, the "Albatross" and salute our "Commodore" JSCA President Chris Stairs and honorary guests. We encourage all members to sail past and salute which will bring you good luck throughout the 2012 season. 


Jericho Club Sign-ups 

One of the best ways to enjoy recreational ocean access on Vancouver's largest playground is to join one of the community based clubs based out of the Jericho Sailing Centre. These low cost, not for profit, volunteer driven organizations provide a wide variety of boat access and training programs for dinghy sailing, paddling, windsurfing and rowing programs as well as social opportunities.  Clubs looking for new crew will be in attendance at the annual Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE Noon-1600H this Saturday - take the plunge and sign up then.




 For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to  


Spring School Sign-ups @ Jericho
Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing and Ocean Kayaking Schools at the Jericho Sailing Centre will be signing up students for programs at the Jericho Open House, Saturday, May 12 from Noon-1600H. For full Season Pass, Rental or Lesson information and registration click the link below:


Dinghy Sailing                                        


Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling


Ocean Kayaking                           

NEW PROGRAM - Thursday Nite Paddle Races @ Jericho


         Thursday Nite Paddle Races
                        @ Jericho

                    Kayaks, outriggers, surf skis, SUP's.
                    If you can paddle it, you can race it.

June 7 & 21
July 5 & 19
August 2, 16 & 30

First Start @ 1830H

Registration $5/
Free for JSCA Members 

Draw Prizes
Sponsored By Ecomarine & Windsure Adventure Sports

Weekly Sail Racing Programs @ Jericho 

Tuesday Nite Racing every Tuesday through to September 4 @ 1815H. 


Sunday Racing will be 1230H every Sunday through to September 4 except for June 4 & 10: August 5 & 26; and, September 9.


Anyone interested in learning to race is encouraged to sign up for the Rookie Racing Seminar on June 17 @ 0900H. 


For a complete event schedule barge over to:  

English Bay Safety Seminar  June 4

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 June 4 & 25. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.



Send Us Your Jericho Photos & Videos


We are looking for Jericho style photos & Videos to spruce up our newsletters and website.

In this photo young Angelo shows his friend the finer points of paddling an SUP including proper attire-wetsuit and PFD.

Cats Pounce! 
Check out this clip of a cat start during last weekend's Sunday Racing.
2012 Fund Raising Campaign
As the Jericho Sailing Centre approaches 40 years of providing Vancouver citizens with low cost, ocean recreation programs, services and facilities, she is feeling her age and requiring infrastructure renewal and upgrades.

On the JSCA's radar are: compound plumbing replacement and upgrades; electrical service replacement and extension to the east end; roof repairs; rack and dolly replacement; winch replacement; fence repairs; new gates to better access beach areas; compound paving; and developing alternative energy sources such as solar hot water heating. The "Albatross" required extensive work this year during her annual refit. The large "heritage" hanger doors required expensive re-fabrication. Our auxiliary rescue and event support boat, "Jericho Marks" requires replacement in the next year or so. All this to say that, if the JSCA is to continue successfully meeting our "low cost" mandate in the future we must explore and develop alternative methods of fund raising.

The JSCA has launched a 2012 Fund Raising Campaign to assist us in achieving our goals. If you would like to donate or know of another person, or organization who would like to support distinctly Vancouver recreation, please contact us in the JSCA office.
For more information you can surf over to:

Or contact Mike Cotter, General Manager, Jericho Sailing Centre Association.

Your Safety on the Water is Your Responsibility - Pre-launch Checklist
Quite often users of the Jericho Sailing Centre experience equipment failure early in the season after their equipment has been unused for several months. While it is important to carefully check all of your equipment every time prior to launch, it is even more important at this time of year. Here is a sample Pre-launch Checklist:
  • Personal Flotation devices - make sure they are in good condition, properly fitted and worn by every crew member.
  • Operator Competency - have you taken a boating safety course? Are you aware  of the risks involved?
  • Weather - check the marine area forecast and monitor current conditions.
  • Float Plan - tell a person you trust where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Safety Equipment - know and carry all of the safety equipment required by law for your craft always check your required safety equipment to ensure it is in good condition.
  • Local Hazards - make sure you are aware of all local safety hazards. (Ex. tides, shipping lanes, keel boat races, Jericho Pier fishers, tugs and tows, etc).  
  • Boat Condition - check the hull for cracks or other damage, check your propulsion system (sails, paddle or oars), check your steering, make sure your drain plug is in place.
  • Safety Briefing - As skipper you are legally responsible for your crew. Explain the possibility of capsize and how you will recover, show them where the safety equipment is and how to use it.
  • Use Common Sense  - do not launch into conditions beyond your capabilities.
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