Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationAugust 29, 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 29, 2012 and beyond:
In This Issue
Thursday Paddling Races
Racing Sunday
Upcoming Events
Safety Your Responsibility
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LAST ONE of 2012! Thursday Nite Paddle Races @ Jericho August 30
 Kayaks, Surf Skis, SUP's:
If you can paddle it, you can race it!
Thursday Night Paddle Races
@ Jericho
August 30 1900H
Registration $5 / JSCA Members FREE
Draw prizes provided by:
MEC/Windsure/Ecomarine/Jericho Galley Patio & Grill 
Windsure is providing a Doyle Kevlar SUP paddle worth over $200 for this last blast of the season. Odds of winning are awesome!  
September is Still Summer 
Three quarters of the month of September occurs in the summer season. Despite that, many members traditionally go into maritime hibernation following the Labour Day weekend-but wait, don't put that boat away just yet. September is often the best month for ocean activity in Vancouver. The transition of seasons from summer to fall brings a bountiful harvest of wind over the bounding main. Water and air often maintain their summer composure, temperature wise, and although twilight progressively dwindles down to the shortest straw of summer days, there is still time to slip in a quick session on the briny between the end of toiling for dollars and the end of useful daylight.
The Jericho Sailing Centre will be busy, supporting 10 on water event days in September including the largest of our 80+ events this year, the 3,500 participant UBC Rec "Day of the Longboat". Also on our event calendar is the Tasar BC regatta (Sept. 8 & 9), and the UBC Invitational Regatta (15 & 16). Our schools will be busy teaching ocean kayaking, dinghy sailing and windsurfing to hundreds of Grade 11 & 12 Community Recreation students from high schools all over the Metro Vancouver region.


When the summer of 2012 officially takes it's final bow on September 22nd don't be surprised if it's followed by a curtain call with an Indian Summer providing more great water recreation conditions well into October.
Sunday Racing THIS WEEKEND @ 1230H 
"A Cautionary Tale"
 Jericho "Love Boat" Claims Two More!

Hi Mike,


Two years ago this summer the Jericho Sailing Centre was the site of a chance meeting that changed my life.

While rigging my Nacra 20 for yet another perfect summer day of sailing, I met Lori who had just finished her Locarno sailing course and was rigging a club Vanguard for an afternoon sail with a friend.

After the attempts on my part to strike up a conversation with this beautiful woman were seemingly ignored, my buddy and I launched and headed upwind towards Lighthouse Park. 

In Lori's version, she was concentrating on all that she had recently learned in her classes to prepare for a successful launch and was not aware of my greetings.

Regardless, Lori managed a successful first sail, while my buddy and I, after a great spinnaker run home, and with unplanned, but wonderful timing, happened to be returning to the beach at just the same moment that Lori and her friend were doing the same.

With pre-sail stress now gone, introductions were made in waist deep water as we derigged the boats. After the boats and gear were stowed, the deck of the club house with the spectacular view of the city became the site of our first date, and the rest, as they say, is history.


 Last week, Lori and I were married on Vancouver island and the tale of how we met and the role that  the Jericho Sailing Centre played in our chance meeting was told during the wedding toast.


We now sail and paddle together and look forward to many years of active involvement at Jericho.


So thanks to Jericho and to all the people that make it the fantastic, social, sailing centre it has become!


David Hadley 

Send Us Your Photos

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


Thanks to the Oceanman, Gary Parsons, for sending us the covershot of his son, Oceanboy, Ocean Bell Parsons, competeing in his first SUP race last Sunday at the Jericho Sailing Centre.


Thanks to Jericho Rescue Team member, Nigel Cornwall for sending us this shot of himself (L), Anton Pitts and Andrew Balakshin at the public rally to save the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station last Saturday. Thanks to Jeri Griffiths for sending us this crowd shot of the rally.   





JSCA Notice of AGM

Jericho Sailing Centre Association

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Tuesday October 23 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 39th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2011/2012 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.

Call for Nominations

Voting will take place to elect seven members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors.   The J.S.C.A. Board meets once a month to set policy and determine Jericho's direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 9.   The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.   For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email



New Motorcycle Parking Regulations @ Jericho

Effective immediately, only current JSCA members are eligible to park motorcycles in the designated area just inside the main entrance to the Jericho Sailing Centre.


In order to park in the designated area, members must register in the JSCA office. Once the designated area is filled, motercycles must be parked in the regular parking lot. Unregistered bikes parked in the Jericho Sailing Centre compound will be towed at the owners expense. 

Jericho Sailing Centre - New Waste Management Program

 The Jericho Sailing Centre Association has instituted a new waste management program to help us reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill. For this to work we need everybody to pitch in.


Please help us by ensuring you use the correct container for your refuse.   



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.

UPCOMING EVENTS @ Jericho Sailing Centre 

Tasar BC's Regatta               September 8 & 9    

UBC Collegiate Regatta       September 15 & 16

Day of the Longboat           September 22/23/29/30     INFO 

UBC Sailing Club Party                & nbsp;                & nbsp;                & nbsp;      September 15

The UBC Sailing Club Hangar Parties are back and better than ever! Enjoy an awesome evening of live music, great beer and amazing people at the best indoor/outdoor venue in BC. The first hangar party proved that we can still throw an amazing party, if you missed the first one you have to come to this one to see what all the buzz is about!

We're super excited to have The Ponderosas playing at this year's party, we also have DJ Deezel back to keep the party going between sets. 

Amazing beer, by Howe Sound, great burgers on premium buns, house made Sangria and amazing music. The Ponderosas bring their folky sound to the Jericho Sailing Centre and between sets DJ Deezel lays down the beats for an amazing hangout or dance environment. These parties have something for everyone!

Doors are at 8pm and we don't have to kick you out until 2am.

Tickets are being printed now and will be on sale by Aug 15 - only $12 bucks and they can be bought at the Jericho Office or from any UBC Sailing Club Exec. We can only sell tickets to members of the Jericho Sailing Centre but they're welcome to bring guests so if you're not a member and you want to come hit up your friends who are members.

Check out the facebook event here:


Pictures from the last party (Thanks Adrienne!)

Hear the band:

Jericho Folk Club - Tuesday Evenings
Jericho Sailing Centre Association Planning Forum - September 17
The JSCA Planning Committee welcomes all members to attend the 2012 Annual Planning Forum on September 17 at 1900H. We'll be taking a look at opportunities for the future of the Jericho Sailing Centre for next year and beyond. Please plan to attend and bring your ideas for improving the Jericho Sailing Centre. If you are unable to attend but have ideas to share please send them along via return email no later than September 12.


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.                           
  • RAMPS, and the areas adjacent to launching ramps, are for craft launch/retrieval only. Do not rig, repair or otherwise loiter in this area.
  • Do not leave or rig your craft in the rinsing areas adjacent to hosing stations. 
  • 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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