Jericho Sailing Centre Association                  May 30, 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 30, 2012 and beyond: 
In This Issue
Town Hall Kits CCG
Jericho Classic Regatta
Volunteer Beach Clean-up
Shape up with SUP
Safety Seminar
JSCA Fund Raising
Join our Mailing List!
Securing Vancouver Harbour After CCG Station Kitsilano 
Ottawa's NEW Plan to Protect Canada's Economic Prosperity

Billions of dollars worth of world trade annually flows through the frequently treacherous waters of the First Narrows, under the Lion's Gate Bridge, to and from Vancouver Harbour. Economically, there is no more critical piece of coast that the Canadian Coast Guard has to guard than the entrance to Canada's busiest port. When considering whether to rebuild the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station after it burned to the waterline in 1991, the Canadian Government realized that any possible marine  incident in the First Narrows could be a matter of national economic importance  and should therefore warrant a "rapid and substantial response" .The Kitsilano Canadian Coast Guard Station was rebuilt, stocked with 3 cutters, a full complement of highly trained, professional crew and, thereafter, always within 10 minutes of providing a substantial marine response to the area.


A lot of water has flowed under the Lions Gate since then, and with it, a Tsunamic increase in marine traffic through the First Narrows. The deep sea ships have become far larger and far more frequent. Port Metro Vancouver is immensely larger and more prosperous than its previous incarnation; the "Port of Vancouver", was in the last decade of 1900's. Yet in that time the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station has been seriously eroded and reduced to a skeleton crew of 3-when they go on a call, there's no one left manning the fort. Over the next few years, and sailing further on into the future, the First Narrows will continue to be a critical marine navigation point required to facilitate, among other things, Canada's slaking of China's insatiable thirst for Alberta tar sands oil.  


The impending closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station to save $900,000 on a 12 crew rotation who work 24/7/365 at the ready to, among other important duties, protect this golden goose of Canadian Coastline was, until last Friday, baffling  to say the least. It always seemed like such a good investment; reasonable insurance for Canadian economic prosperity.


Last Friday, Jody Thomas, Deputy Coast Guard Commissioner, held a press conference all the way from Ottawa providing some clarity to ranking BC Conservative Minister James Moore's previous week's claim that there had been broad consultation before the decision to close the economically vital Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, when she revealed that, actually, only the Department of National Defence had been consulted. Very puzzling:  why not CCG's other federal partners concerned with the strategically important First Narrows: such as Ports Canada, Transport Canada or Port Metro Vancouver?  Then it all began to make sense. The Harper Government is strapped for cash and so the simple plan for the future is to divert $900,000 by replacing the rapid and substantial Kitsilano Canadian Coast Guard Cutter response to the First Narrows with a rapid and substantial response by the DND's newly acquired F-35 fighter jets. Nice going Ottawa, problem solved.






CCG Kits Station Centrally Located to Support Human Safety  

 Almost 5 million people annually transport, work and recreate within a critical response radius of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base: the highest concentration of, mixed use, marine traffic in Canada. The Kitsilano Coast Guard Station is the centrally located "fire department and ambulance service" in this area and the relocation to Sea Island, 30 minutes away in south Richmond will most certainly cost lives in the future. Please take a moment to send an email to: 


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"   


PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! - it is different than the one that appeared in last week's newsletter. It was created by JSCA Board Member Ian "Mr. Jericho Wind" Upright and has close to 2,000 signatures. 


C) Sign the online petition:





Town Hall - Kits Coast Guard Station Closure
This Thursday, May 31 @ Jericho Sailing Centre


 Jericho Classic Regatta - THIS WEEKEND June 2 & 3

The pinnacle of sailing dinghy racing each year at the Jericho Sailing Centre is the Jericho Classic Regatta which takes place this weekend. A longtime fixture on the sailing dinghy regatta circuit in the Pacific Northwest, the Classic draws racers from throughout BC and Washington State. Registration takes place Saturday morning in the Sailor's Lounge between 1000H-1130H. Skippers Meeting will be held at 1200H with racing commencing at 1300H precisely. The entry fee is $30 for single-handed boats and $50 for double-handed boats. Additional dinner tickets are available at registration for $15. Our regular Sunday Racing Program will not be conducted June 5 or 12 (Hobie Regatta) and will resume on Father's Day June 19. 


For the Notice of Race sail over to:




Jericho Beach Restoration - Volunteer Workparty
Shoreline Clean-up June 3

A site inspection at a recent 0.7' tide revealed some low water hazards that must be dealt with to ensure safe recreational use of the freshly uncovered shoreline of Jericho Beach. 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..      




20th Annual Jericho Iron Classic Outrigger Race
The 20th Annual Jericho Outrigger Canoe Club Iron Race was held last weekend at the Jericho Sailing Centre in perfect weather and fantastic racing conditions.

A feast followed highlighted by this excellent cake marking 20 years of the race and the Jericho Outrigger Canoe Club.



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




Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films Launches 3rd Year

On June 8th and 9th, the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films will open its doors at the Vancity Theatre to highlight 10 amazing films focused on the beauty of our oceans, and some of the threats to its health.  During 3 screenings, filmgoers will have the chance to see films from Canada, Ireland, Spain, and the United States.


"Whether viewed through a recreation or conservation lens, it's time to profile the natural capital that is our oceans," said David Labistour , CEO, Mountain Equipment Co-op. "To that end, we are proud to support the 3rd annual Festival of Ocean Films-support that we hope will establish the event as a much-anticipated fixture in the Lower Mainland. From the adrenaline experience of searching for the ultimate wave to the tranquility of viewing bears in the wild from calm waters, these films provide a glimpse into the wonders of our oceans."


In addition to raising interest and awareness of the ocean as a place for positive recreation, sustainable and responsible commerce, and a wilderness to be respected, the Festival is also raising funds for the conservation of our local oceans, with partial proceeds supporting regional charity Georgia Strait Alliance.


"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with The Festival as their efforts to raise awareness about the importance of the ocean to our lives are very much in line with our work in the Georgia Strait region," says Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director, Georgia Strait Alliance. "We hope people will be inspired by these films to become more engaged in protecting our waters because we need everyone to be a 'Steward of the Strait'".


Formed in 2009, The Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films ( aimsto inspire and stimulate people to explore their relationship with the ocean by bringing together local and international filmmakers and presenters in a multimedia event and film competition.


Formed in 1990, Georgia Strait Alliance ( is the only citizens' group working to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters and communities, the place where 70% of British Columbians live, work and play.


Program available online. To purchase tickets, please visit

For more information, please contact

  Peter Alfred, Founder, Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films


Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director, Georgia Strait Alliance
604- 633-0530 (o)
604-862-7579 (c)




Upcoming Events
Hobie Classic Regatta                         June 16 & 17 
Sea Cadet Navy League Regatta        June 23 
MEC Paddlefest                                   July 7 
Subaru Vancouver Half Iron Triathlon   July 8
Spring School Sign-ups @ Jericho
Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing and Ocean Kayaking Schools at the Jericho Sailing Centre are signing up students for Spring & Summer programs. 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 Please 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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