Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationAugust 8, 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' Ocean Access Community Centre, for August 8, 2012 and beyond:
 
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SOS Stephen Harper
Racing Sunday
Thursday Paddling Races
Upcoming Events
Safety Your Responsibility
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Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Closure Update

Vancouver MAYDAY

The Conservative Government's Titanic Mistake 

 

 Members of Vancouver's marine safety network: police, fire, ambulance and volunteer rescue responders; met with Canadian Coast Guard management last week to discuss recently announced changes to CCG services and operating procedures after the impending closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, the very anchor of Vancouver's marine safety network.

 

Canadian Coast Guard management presented annual statistics at the meeting by call type for Kitsilano Station for the past 4 years with monthly call statistics for 2011 & 2010.

 

If the snapshot statistics were intended to justify the closure of the station they certainly do not. One thing they make crystal clear is that: the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station saves lives: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. And that much heralded seasonal Inshore Rescue Boat that the Federal government assured us will help fill the massive hole they are creating in Vancouver's marine safety network? The majority of serious marine distress situations the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station responded to in the past 2 years occurred outside of the proposed seasonal rescue boat operational period.

 

When asked how Conservative Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield could truthfully say "The level of search and rescue service in Vancouver will not be affected and will remain the same." Coast Guard management lamely replied that he was referring to service "policy" rather than actual service.

 

The Canadian Coast Guard is clinging to their policy "mandate", their mission to actually save lives in Canada's busiest waterway virtually abandoned in favour of fine print, which says they only need to maintain a 30 minute standby posture. Their expectation, despite their overriding federal jurisdiction, is to leave the remainder of Vancouver's marine safety network holding the bag to attempt to fill in the substantial gaps at the peril of the Canadian public.

 

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Ashfield's claims that "the top priority of the Canadian Coast Guard is the safety of mariners" and that the closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station is required to save the $900,000 needed to appear "fiscally responsible" are tragically absurd.

 

Marine safety is disaster driven. As retired Canadian Coast Guard Captain Mike Kelly said, "Coast Guard bases don't just fall out of the sky, they are paid for in blood." The Kitsilano Coast Guard Station has been saving the lives of Canadians for the past 50 years. One hundred years after the most famous disaster in maritime history, Stephen Harper's Conservatives are in the process of authoring their own sea disaster as they rip the anchor out of Vancouver's marine safety network; a penny wise/pound foolish, landlubber maneuver which will ultimately prove to be a Titanic mistake. 

 

Send Us Your Photos

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

 

It's been a busy summer of events and eventful sailing days for the Jericho Rescue Team including 5 regattas, regular Sunday & Tuesday Nite racing,  and of course the annual Celebration of Lights safety coverage. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Nigel Cornwall (top left with the Cheshire grin) for sending us these photos of Jericho Rescue Team members Jeff Lee, Alex Harvey and Kyle Kotowick along with Vancouver beach lifeguards providing safety support at the August 1 Celebration of Lights fireworks display.  

 

 

 

Thanks also to David Fearn for this shot of the 2012 Canadian Laser Masters Championships this past weekend as seen from under his flying hull.

 

 

  

DANGER - NO SWIMMING 

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.

Sunday Racing THIS WEEKEND @ 1230H 
 
Thursday Nite Paddle Races @ Jericho August 16
 Kayaks, Surf Skis, SUP's:
 
If you can paddle it, you can race it!
Thursday Night Paddle Races @ Jericho
August 16 & 30 1900H
Registration $5 / JSCA Members FREE
Draw prizes provided by:
MEC/Windsure/Ecomarine/Jericho Galley Patio & Grill 
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 

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
On the ocean 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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