Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationNovember 16, 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 November 16, 2012 and beyond:
In This Issue
2013 Annual Action Plan
2012 Volunteer of the Year
SOS Kits CG Station
Cold Water Survival
Safety Your Responsibility
Join our Mailing List!

Movie Night Fundraiser:

             Racing Around the World Alone        

 November 26 @ 1930H

 Racing Around the World is the story of the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe race. 30 skippers, including Canadian Derek Hatfield, embark on a quest to be the fastest to sail 27,000 miles around the world, non-stop, without assistance and alone on 60 foot sailboats. This is one of the most extreme challenges a human being can face. The sailors are alone at sea for months and physical and emotional strength are essential. Growlers (icebergs), sea mammals, and massive waves are a constant danger. On any day the forces of nature can bring an end to the best sailor's well made plans. They harness the wind, hope for safe passage over the sea and push hard to win. They are a testament to the audacity of the human spirit.

This event is a fundraiser for the Northwest Youth Racing Team, consisting of 14-year-old Jericho member Calum Macdonald and three Vancouver high school-age team mates. The young sailors have been invited to race an Elliott 7-metre keelboat in the Harken International Junior Match Racing Championships in Auckland in late February. The team has been training and fund-raising enthusiastically in order to be the first junior match racing team from Western Canada to compete internationally. Please come and show your support, and take in a great sailing movie at the same time. Suggested donation $10. For more info on the team visit their website at .

Racing Around the World was produced by WInd Athletes Canada and is shown with their kind permission. More information on the movie is available at .


Special Match Racing Clinic hosted by the Northwest Youth Racing Team Saturday, November 17, 0900H @ Cooper Boating Centre Granville Island.

Developing the JSCA`s 2013 Annual Action Plan

The 2012/2013 JSCA Board met for the first time this past Tuesday, elected their Executive (President, Chris Stairs; Vice-president, Tony Martin; Treasurer, Chad Larson; Executive Secretary, Kevin Wilder) and established the initial Committee Meeting Schedule. Members are encouraged to participate on the committees to help us ensure that the JSCA best serves all members. . If you are unable to personally attend but have some ideas you'd like to see happen please email me and I will take them to the appropriate committee meeting. One of the primary challenges we'll face in 2013 is adapting to the new beach area opening up just east of the Jericho Sailing Centre, The following is a list of JSCA standing committees and a summary of their functions:


SAFETY COMMITTEE (Next Meeting November 22 @ 1600H)

To oversee the operation and maintenance of all J.S.C.A. power craft and accessory equipment. Be responsible for training and testing all operators of J.S.C.A. power craft. Oversee the Jericho Rescue Team Program. To maintain a safety conscious atmosphere for J.S.C.A. users, both on the water and in/around the compound.

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE (Next Meeting December 4 @ 1900H)
To serve as the Jericho Sailing Centre's Technical Maintenance Committee for the building, compound, ramps and beaches. To consider requests for annual allocation and restricted use of club/meet­ing rooms, craft storage, and locker space. To receive and consider members' appeals of administration decisions in reference to storage and space allocation, and make recommenda­tions in writing to the Board.

PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE (Next Meeting November 26 @ 1900H)

To develop policy for all J.S.C.A. Special Events, including: room bookings, compound bookings, race equipment bookings, food and beverage requirements, fee structure of room rental, security, insurance, etc. To ensure that existing policies regarding special events are maintained. To consider and recommend approval of specific major events to be held in future years. To coordinate and provide adequate volunteers for all J.S.C.A. sponsored events such as our Open House, Jericho Classic, etc.
To oversee all aspects of racing at J.S.C.A including development of the annual racing schedule and ensuring training for an adequate number of volunteers. To oversee the production of the J.S.C.A. newsletter to ensure it is produced and distributed with reasonable frequency and adequate quality. To oversee the development and maintenance of the JSCA website.

PLANNING COMMITTEE (Next Meeting January 29 @ 1900H)

To provide a structure for the on-going function and development of the physical plant of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association.


DATE CHANGE: 2013 Annual JSCA Fleet Planning Meeting   NOV. 26
Please note that the 2013 Annual JSCA Fleet Planning Meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, November 26 at 1900H.

Members of the JSCA will get together to plan the 2013 Fleet racing and event schedule on Monday evening, November 26 at 1900H. All members are invited to bring their ideas and energy to help us plan the successful delivery of racing and on water event programs for 2013.

JSCA's 2012 "Volunteer of the Year"
Normally the Jericho Sailing Centre Association recognizes one volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to our oganization over the previous year. Selecting one individual from among the many who make strong, positive contributions is often a daunting subjective task, as it would've been this year if we'd chosen to navigate the familiar route.
In 2012 an unprecedented number of JSCA members joined voices in harmony to staunchly oppose the closing of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. While Stephen Harper's Conservative government is doing their best to ignore us; our strenuous objections are having a significant effect.
The 2012 JSCA "Volunteer of the Year" is every member who took the time to write Members of Parliament to voice their strong opposition to the closing of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station: thank-you, and please stay tuned for further developments.
If you are not included within our "2012 Volunteer of Year" definition, there is still time to climb onboard. See the article below to find out how you can help save the busiest Coast Guard Station in Canada.
Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Closure Update




What Can You Do To Help Save

Kitsilano Coast Guard Station? 


Write to BC Conservative MP's to tell them you object to the closing of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. Here are some of the reasons you might consider including in your email:


  • The closure will endanger the lives of mariners.
  • There was NO "careful consideration" of the risk to mariners. 
  • There was no SAR Needs Analysis or Risk Assessment Analysis done.
  • There was no consultation with any of the other members of Vancouver Marine Safety Network prior to the decision.
  • "Extensive Analysis" shared with "Rescue Partners" in July only included the past 2 years of SAR data which clearly show 66% of serious rescues were done outside of the proposed IRB season.  City of Vancouver Report
  • "Rescue Partners": Marine police & fire; volunteer rescue organizations; BC Ambulance Service; BC Coroners Service; local civic governments and the Province of BC have all gone on record opposing the closure because it will endanger the lives of mariners. 
  • The most qualified SAR experts within the Coast Guard, the Maritime Coordinators of the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, were not consulted, and their subsequent written report to management strongly objecting to the closure was carelessly ignored.
  • Sea Island hovercraft do not have "all weather" capabilities and may not be able to reach Vancouver when needed most.
  • Conservative MP's are misinformed as they keep referring, in error, to long established, pre-existing Vancouver Marine Safety Network resources as if they are additional resources to jusitify this ill advised decision.

Here are the email addresses of local Conservative MPs:
















Also, there is a "Petition to the House of Commons In Parliament Assembled" at the Jericho Sailing Centre. This is a recent petition which we have collected over 900 signitures for since September 22. It must be signed in person.


Send Us Your Photos -  2012 SUP Migration?



Thanks to Shannon Bell (@left on cover shot) for sharing photos of the first Paddle Canada SUP instructor program held at the Jericho Sailing Centre at the end of October. With the ever increasing popularity of Stand Up Paddling and the opening of a new paddling beach at Jericho, expect to see some of these instructors eagerly training a flock of new ocean recruits next spring. 


ANNUAL FLIGHT OF THE ALBATROSS - The first true sign that winter is coming!


Thanks to JSCA Safety Chair and Rescue Team member Mark Daigle for providing these photos of the annual migration of the Albatross, JSCA's race committee boat, south for the winter. The Albatross will nest in the hanger for the winter where she will undergo her annual refit prior to migrating back north for a full schedule of events in 2013. Thanks also, to all the members of the Jericho Rescue Team who came out to help pull the big bird out of the water.  






 The Albatross is a 30' balsa core catamaran designed and built by JSCA volunteers in 1978 with the assistance of Haas, the designer and builder of the Haas rowing shells. She is based on a sailing cat design and is the envy of every other sailing organization around for her stable platform and ample deck space which combined, make managing on water events, a breeze. Every winter she  "flys" south to roost in the hanger where she is carefully inspected, dried out and undergoes a thorough refit. A familiar Jericho landmark, she will be on her mooring again in April in time for the commencement of our spring racing programs.  


Dress Appropriately for Cold Water Conditions
There are many people, particularly Stand Up Paddlers, launching from Jericho Beach these days who are new to cold water ocean recreation. Here are some things they must know about:

Appropriate Attire - Dress for Cold Water Immersion
The water temperature is well below the level where it is safe to recreate without a proper (no shorties) wetsuit or drysuit. People who get into serious trouble at this time of year have often made the mistake of dressing for the air temperature not the water temperature, which is fine until something goes wrong and they suddenly find themselves immersed in the water. 


Use Your Head
Significant heat loss is through your head. When you consider that hypothermia is the most significant danger experienced ocean recreationalists face and a neoprene cowling cost $15 at MEC, you don't need a calculator to do the math. A wool toque or hat will also work quite well.


Always Stay with Your Craft
When a sailing dinghy, windsurfer or kayak capsizes they are usually within a couple of swim strokes of their crew. Some craft, particularly SUP's and surf skis, require a safety leash (in good condition and properly attached) as they can easily get away in a capsize situation. Never leave your craft in an emergency situation as it is far easier to spot than a person in the water. 

Use the Buddy System 
Always sail, paddle, row with someone else, especially in cold water conditions. Let a reliable friend or relative know when and where you are going and when you expect to return. Diligently contact them upon your safe return. If you are launching from Jericho Beach stop in at the JSCA office to let us know when and where you are going and when you expect to return.

Be Aware of Sunset
Recently, JSCA staff have witnessed people launching within a few minutes of sunset. This is a dangerous practice. If something goes wrong for you: equipment failure; changing conditions; fatigue, etc., you are very difficult to find in the dark. Make sure your safety float plan includes plenty of time to get off of the water before sunset.

Here is a link provided by Stefan from UBC of his favourite cold water education site:   
Batten Down the Hatches - Storm Season Approaching

Every "off season" vicious wind storms rip through the Jericho Sailing Centre compound looking for loose tarps, boat covers and poorly stowed gear. When they find a loose tarp they can turn a docile hibernating boat into a flying projectile which can cause damage to neighbouring craft. Members are responsible for ensuring they have "battened down the hatches" on their equipment stored at the Jericho Sailing Centre. If your boat causes damage to neighbouring craft you can be held liable. We encourage you to check your craft regularly year round (particularly after gnarly windstorms), remove any parts or equipment that can be easily removed (most thefts occur between Oct.-April) and make sure water doesn't collect inside your hull (if it freezes and expands it can cause major damage).

(Long-time Jericho Hobie sailor Clayton Sprung has asked me to remind all cat sailors that removing your tramp for the winter is not only prudent preventative maintenance - your tramp will last much longer - but a boat without the tramp installed will provide less wind resistance in the face of a tempest.)


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.
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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