Jericho Sailing Centre Association                  June 7, 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 June 6, 2012 and beyond: 
In This Issue
Sunday Racing This Sunday!
Kits CCG Station Closure
Jericho Classic Regatta
Volunteer Beach Clean-up
Shape up with SUP
Safety Seminar
JSCA Fund Raising
Join our Mailing List!
THIS SATURDAY "Boardstock" SUP Festival    


This Saturday participants will gather together for a stand-up paddle through BC's best paddleboarding playground. This fun, non-competitive social event will offer exposure for active Vancouverites to the budding sport of stand-up paddleboarding.


Beginning at Jericho Beach, participants will be able to demo several paddleboards offered from the best brands in the sport before departing together at 11:30AM. The group will head on a leisurely 8km paddle along the shoreline towards Marinaside Quay in Yaletown. After taking a short breather at Coopers Park, the group will head on land to Yaletown Brewery for an after-event burger and beverage on one of the best patios in the city before being transported back to Jericho Beach via the Vancouver Trolley Company.

Not just social, you're paddling for a good cause too


Proceeds of Boardstock will go to Surfrider Foundation's Respect the Beach Program. This is an award-winning coastal education program that implements a strategy to teach children and youth the value of our ecosystem, how we can save species, and protect our waters.


 Click here to Register now to be a part of the largest social paddle in Western Canada!

The Route

Boardstock is a 8km paddle that will begin on the beach slightly east of the Jericho Sailing Centre, through English Bay and False Creek, ending at Marinaside Crescent for an after event social gathering at the Yaletown Brewing Company. We will be providing complementary transportation back to Jericho Beach via The Vancouver Trolley Companyp

THIS SUNDAY Regular Sunday Racing @ 1230H
Kits Coast Guard Station Closure        
Emergency Town Hall Packs Jericho Sailing Centre
More than 100 members of Vancouver's marine community packed the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre to voice their concerns about the Canadian Coast Guard's planned closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. The Emergency Town Hall was hosted by MP Fin Donnelly, the NDP's DFO Critic.
The meeting received good media coverage including this CBC report by Allan Waterman that went Canada wide on The National 
and this report by Charlie Smith in the Georgia Straight which was the most comprehensive coverage of the event. 
CCG Kits Station Centrally Located to Support Human Safety  

 Almost 5 million people annually transport, work and recreate within a critical 10 minute 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                   


Copy your local Member of Parliament   


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



C) Sign the online petition:

 Jericho Hobie Classic Regatta - June 16 & 17

For the Notice of Race sail over to:

Jericho Beach Restoration - Volunteer Workparty
Thanks to our great crew! Next workparty July 1 

Thanks to a great crew who helped clean-up the new beach space on June 3.  



The next Jericho Beach Shoreline Clean-up Volunteer Workparty will be on on Sunday, July 1 from 0930H-1130H  





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 17: August 5 & 26; and, September 9.



For a complete event schedule barge over to:  

English Bay Safety Seminar  June 25

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 25 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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