Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJuly 27, 2012 
in the wind
Here is what's "in the wind", coming events and items of interest at the Jericho Sailing Centre, Vancouver' Ocean Access Community Centre, for July 27, 2012 and beyond:
In This Issue
Fireworks Safety Notice
Thursday Paddling Races
Laser Masters Regatta
Safety Your Responsibility
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Celebration of Light Fireworks  THIS SATURDAY 
The first of the annual Celebration of Light fireworks shows takes place this Saturday over English Bay. If fireworks turn you on, "Celebration" is a perfect accent to three Vancouver mid-summer night eves right in the sweet spot of summer. The fireworks are best viewed from English Bay Beach. Kits Beach offers a next best view with Jericho accommodating the cheap seats - distant view but easier parking and disembarking when the show ends. Seating at the Jericho Patio and Grill is tough to find after 2030H. The rooftop deck will be open to members & their accompanying guests (60 maximum) with security in place to enforce no alcohol or smoking. The show dates are July 28, August 1 & 4. Start time 2200H.
For more information on the Celebration of Light check out their website:
SAFETY NOTICE - Extreme Danger on Fireworks Nights 

One of the most dangerous situations for operators of small water craft in Vancouver occurs at the conclusion of each Celebration of Light fireworks show. Hundreds of powerboats are hastily heading for home in all different directions and the sea surface is filled with crossing boat chop on waves. Lights from boats and downtown reflect everywhere and a kayak, canoe, rowboat or other small vessel is almost impossible to see, even if the Skipper hasn't been drinking, and in some cases, he has.

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association, in the strongest possible way, advises our members and other small, naturally powered craft to not put themselves in this vulnerable position. If you choose to be out there, please remember that the Coast Guard and other safety boats will have their hands full and may not even be able to locate your craft within the boating frenzy if you need them. Also remember, that you the Skipper, as always, are solely responsible for your safety and that of your crew.


Come Hell or High Water

Another Take On the Canadian Coast Guard Cuts 


Film students from Royal Rhodes University visited the Jericho Sailing Centre a while back to discuss the Canadian Coast Guard cutting services in British Columbia including the closing of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.

Have a look at their excellent project:

CCG's Titanic Mistake 
Thursday Nite Paddle Races @ Jericho August 2 
 Kayaks, Surf Skis, SUP's:
If you can paddle it, you can race it!
Thursday Night Paddle Races @ Jericho
August 2, 16 & 30 1900H
Registration $5 / JSCA Members FREE
Draw prizes provided by:
MEC/Windsure/Ecomarine/Jericho Galley Patio & Grill 
Canadian Laser Masters Championships August 4-6 

The 2012 Canadian Laser Masters Championships will take place at the Jericho Sailing Centre from August 4-6.


For more information or to register online, tack over to: 










Send Us Your Photos

 We're looking for Jericho style photos to use in our newsletters, website & other promotions.


Thanks to Jericho Rescue Team Member, Nigel Cornwall for sending us the cover photo of Club Locarno Commodore, Jen Weterings, as well as these ones taken at sunset on the same evening.  










UPCOMING EVENTS @ Jericho Sailing Centre 

Locarno Rowing Regatta               August 18       info

Jericho Oceanman                         August 25       info

Vancouver SUP Challenge             August 26       info

Kayak for a Cure                             August 26       info 




As Vancouver weather resumes regular summer programming more and more people are opting for the "Lemming Route" throwing themselves into the sea for a swim.


Vancouver has some of the best swimming beaches of any city in the world, however, the stretch of Jericho Beach in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre is NOT one of them. For the past 38 years this has been Vancouver's only public beach designated for the launch of small, naturally powered craft: sailing dinghies, rowboats, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, etc.


The danger for swimmers in this area is the extreme amount of small boat traffic including many skippered by beginners and novices. For this reason swimming is strictly prohibited. Excellent, lifeguarded swim beaches are located to the west at Locarno Beach or to the east at the Jericho Beach swim area.

Jericho Folk Club - Tuesday Evenings


Jericho Sailing Centre Etiquette 

Common sense and consideration of fellow members help make the Jericho Sailing Centre a true community centre with a friendly salt water community atmosphere. Here are a few etiquette reminders to keep things sailing along smoothly:


  • Do not leave your craft unattended on the shoreline for extended periods - share the shore.                          
  • the areas adjacent to launching ramps are for craft launch/retrieval only. Do not rig, repair or otherwise loiter in this area
  • The Jericho Sailing Centre is a SMOKE FREE facility. There is No Smoking permitted in any Vancouver Park or beach area..
  • Give pathway users the right of way and bear in mind they may be distracted and not aware that you are crossing the pathway with your craft or launch rope.
  • launch dollies are for launching/retrieval only (not for storage) and must be returned to the fence immediately after use.
  • if you launch from your own dolly or trailer return it to your storage spot after launching.
  • do not use the winches unless you are familiar with their safe operation. Winch instruction is available from staff or Jericho Rescue Team members. Only members or registered guests may use winches & dollies.
  • only leashed, well behaved dogs are allowed in the compound, no dogs are allowed in the building or on the deck. Do not tie dogs to the base of stairwells or in other traffic areas. Do not leave your dog onshore while you are on the water. The City prohibits dogs on beaches. In consideration of other Jericho users please consider leaving your dog at home while visiting the Jericho Sailing Centre.
  • Please coil hoses immediately after use and conserve water.
  • Do not block aisle ways.
  • Rinse racks are for rinsing not drying.
  • Swimming is prohibited in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre.
DANGER Boats Crossing
SAFETY is Your Responsibility
There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the ocean always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe ocean experience.
It is every member's responsibility to know and observe the rules of the road when on or near the water. Here are some key rules which every Jericho member must know and practice.
1. Always wear your P.F.D. on the water.
2. Sail powered craft have the right of way over power craft, paddle and rowing powered craft.
3. All non-commercial vessels shall keep well clear of commercial vessels.
4. It is illegal and extremely dangerous to pass between a tug and it's tow.
5. A port tack sailing vessel shall keep clear of a starboard tack vessel.
6. A windward vessel shall keep clear of a leeward vessel.
7. A vessel clear astern shall keep clear of a vessel ahead.
8. Any vessel overtaking another shall keep clear.
9. A vessel tacking or gybing shall keep clear of a vessel on a tack.
10.The area south of the orange can buoys is for training or transiting only.
11.Swimming or wading on the beach in front of the Centre is prohibited and is particularly dangerous for small children.
12.It is unsafe to loiter or let children play near the bottom of launching ramps.
13. Stay well clear of the end of the Jericho Pier as fishers cast lines as far as possible
14. Be cautious of pathway traffic when launching/retrieving
15. Do not leave your craft on the shoreline for extended periods of time
Common sense goes a long way toward maintaining a safe environment. Membership in the Jericho Sailing Centre Association is contingent on members knowing and observing the Safe Ocean Sailing rules.
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