Jericho Sailing Centre Association                  May 16, 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 16, 2012 and beyond: 
In This Issue
Safety Seminar
JSCA Fund Raising
Join our Mailing List!
Victoria Day Weekend @ Jericho

Saturday - Volunteer Workparty 1300H   

Annual invasive plant species removal - Battle of the Blackberries.

Work gloves & refreshments provided. Meet @ JSCA office.  


Sunday - Sunday Racing @ 1230H




Send Us Your Jericho Photos & Videos


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

It was a great sailing day last Saturday at the Jericho Sailing Centre's annual Open House enjoyed by many Jericho members and landlubbers alike. Can you spot Lloyd in this photo?

Jericho Beach Restoration Update  - June 3 Shoreline Clean-up

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is still in the process of tendering the contract for Phase 2 of the Jericho Beach Restoration which will include upland landscaping as well as extension of the rock groyne south to stop further beach erosion.


Park Board staff have indicated that they understand the desire of the public to access the beach area as soon as possible but say that site accessibility is subject to the successful contractors site safety plan - we should know more about this in a week or two.


In the meantime, a site inspection at a recent 0.7' tide revealed some low water hazards that must be dealt with to ensure safe recreational use. This photo shows piling remnants from an old pier which extended from the recently removed wharf. What you can't see are thousands of pieces of rusty metal, some quite sharp, as well as creosoted bits of wood which weren't included in the Phase 1 Jericho Beach Restoration contract and, for which, the Park Board has no identified funding. Most of the bits can be removed by hand and to that end the JSCA is organizing a Jericho Beach Shoreline Clean-up Volunteer Workparty on Sunday, June 3 from 1000H-1200H Footwear must be worn.





Upcoming Events
JOCC Outrigger Classic                      May 26 & 27
Jericho Classic Regatta                      June 2 & 3 
Hobie Classic Regatta                         June 16 & 17 
Sea Cadet Navy League Regatta        June 23 
MEC Paddlefest                                   July 7 
Subaru Vancouver Half Iron Triathlon   July 8
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.



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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