Jericho Sailing Centre Association                  May 23, 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 23, 2012 and beyond: 
In This Issue
20th JOCC Iron Race
ISAF Sinks Windsurfing
Shape up with SUP
Jericho Beach Meeting
Safety Seminar
JSCA Fund Raising
Join our Mailing List!
Kitsilano Coast Guard Base Floundering, Again
Ottawa slaps Vancouver, says "Let them eat wake!"

In the summer of 1991 the Jericho Rescue vessel "Jericho Marks" was among the first craft to respond to a" Mayday" distress call from the Canadian Coast Guard Station Kitsilano which had caught fire and was in the early stages of burning to the high water mark.  The following year the Canadian Government let it be known, during a period of intense Coast Guard budget cuts, that they had no intention of rebuilding the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. A landlubber decision if ever there was one.


A massive public outcry ensued, followed by an actual broad public consultation (not like the one imagined by ranking BC Conservative Minister John Moore last week) ending with a government commissioned review that concluded that the Canadian Coast Guard Kitsilano Station is vital to our country, for among other reasons, the security of the economic prosperity of Canada. Why? Because it is centrally located within 10 minutes of the most economically prosperous coast in the country- the First Narrows and Vancouver Harbour. Move essential Canadian Coast Guard resources 30 minutes away from the largest port in the country? Even a guy from Alberta should be able to figure this one out.


From a human safety point of view, the review also concluded that within a 10 minute radius of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station there is the highest concentration of mixed commercial and recreational marine traffic, anywhere in Canada. This is still the case today and the landlubbers in Ottawa need to wake up and smell the sea salt air.


For the millions of people each year who work, play and transport though Burrard Inlet/English Bay/False Creek and Vancouver Harbour, the Kitsilano Coast Guard station is a very well placed, essential marine rescue, fire and ambulance station. By relocating to Sea Island in south Richmond the Canadian Government is choosing to delay professional emergency response capability to the core of Vancouver's marine population by at least 30 minutes and this will most certainly cost lives.


Here is what you can do in the current fight to keep the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station:


A) Write To:


Keith Ashfield,  

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans                   


Marc Gregoire,  

Commissioner Canadian Coast Guard   


B) Sign on to the Facebook page "Save the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base"   

C) Sign the online petition:

THIS WEEKEND 20th Annual Jericho Iron Classic Outrigger Race
The 20th Annual Jericho Outrigger Canoe Club Iron Race will be held this weekend at the Jericho Sailing Centre. Teams from all over BC and the Pacific Northwest United States will do battle with oma, hull and paddle in 6 person outriggers (OC6's) on Saturday and single and double outriggers on Sunday. Start times are 0930H, 1100H and 1300H on Saturday and 1100H on Sunday.

 For the most part water traffic in and around the Jericho Sailing Centre will remain unaffected but please be alert during starts and as a courtesy give these racing crews the "right of way" throughout their race.
Windsurfing Blown Out of the Olympics
Enjoy the windsurfing coverage from the 2012 London Olympics because the International Sailing Federation has given windsurfing the old wetsuit boot from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. For details on this and the sailing classes that will be competing gybe over to

If you would like to see windsurfing reinstated you can sign the petition at: 


 windsurfing belongs in Olympics


NEW PROGRAM @ Jericho - Stand Up Paddleboard Bootcamp

A fitness class on a paddle board!  Learn to paddle as well as squat, plank and push-up your way to a strong core and toned body this summer. Classes are taught by a certified personal trainer.


Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7PM


Boards, paddles, wetsuits and life jackets are provided.

No experience necessary. PFDs must be worn at all times.


For more information, contact Windsure Adventure Watersports (604)224-0615


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

Thanks to Tony Puddicombe for sending us this image of 7 herons lined up along Spanish Bank as he canoed past.

Thanks also to Samantha Turner for providing us with the cover shot of RS 500s streaming toward Locarno Beach as well as the shot of a sailing dinghy, keel boat and deep sea vessel which accompany s our article on the Kits Coast Guard station.

Jericho Beach Restoration Update
Park Board Information Meeting May 28
Shoreline Clean-up June 3

The Vancouver Park Board is holding a public information meeting regarding the construction of the Jericho Beach restoration project on Monday, May 28 from 1630H-1830H east of the Jericho Sailing Centre.


The public is invited to meet with staff, consultants, and project partners including wildlife advocates, to comment or ask questions about the summer construction works.


It is expected that we will learn more about the scheduling of work and when the public will finally have access to the shoreline.
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.


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
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


Registration $5/
Free for JSCA Members
Registration Opens  1730H
Registration Closes
First Start @ 1900H
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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