Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMay 1, 2013
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 May 1, 2013 and beyond:
In This Issue
SOS Sailpast
2013 JSCA Fees Due
Safety Seminar
Join our Mailing List!
Jericho Sailing Centre - SOS - Season Opening Sail Past May 11

A centuries old sailing tradition, the "Sail Past" originated when ships amassed prior to naval conflict and sailed past the Admiral's vessel to salute him/her, pledging their allegiance and hoping to pass inspection. Despite a happy lack of recent naval conflict, the world wide boating tradition continues to this day, supported by the superstitious, mariner notion that good luck and good weather accompanies all vessels and crew who participate.


The Jericho Sailing Centre Season Opening Sailpast (SOS) is important to you, good member, to ensure that all of your ocean excursions this 2013 season are blessed with favourable weather.


At Jericho, we consider the word "Sailing" to be the verb, meaning "travel over water" which is inclusive of all small naturally powered craft native to this shore. All Jericho Members and guests are invited to sail, paddle, windsurf, row, SUP, whatever you like to do here, past our flagship, the Albatross, to salute our President Chris Stairs and crew on Saturday, May 11 between Noon and 1300H.


The SOS is also an important part of the Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE as it gives our visiting landlubber friends an opportunity to see the Jericho Sailing Centre in action - rain or shine please come out and share your Jericho spirit.

Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE May 11
   The annual Jericho Boat Show Open House is on Saturday, May 11 from Noon-1600H. Bring your landlubber friends, co-workers, neighbours and relatives down to the Centre on that day to check out all of the ocean access opportunities available to them. Our schools, clubs and fleets will be on hand with sign-up information and displays, there will be plenty of activity on the water and guests will receive member discounts on purchases in the Galley Patio & Grill. 
JSCA 2013 Fees - Due April 30 - GRACE Period through May 5

All 2013 Jericho Sailing Centre Association membership and storage fees were due by April 30, 2013. We still have a number of members who are delinquent with payments and whose accounts are now subject to a $60 late fee. In order to gracefully rehabilitate our wayward shipwrecked members, we are extending a grace period through to 2000H this Sunday, May 5.   


Payments can be made in person at the Jericho office or by credit card over the phone (604) 224-4177: or, (604)224-4566 right up until 2000H May 5. The late fee of $60 will apply on May 6 with no further mercy available; a $90 late fee will apply on June 1. Our inclement Bailiff Auction process goes into effect for any fees unpaid after June 30, 2013. The annual Bailiff Auction will be held on Saturday, July 20 at Noon.

Jericho Park Access Disruption - Sunday May 5 Vancouver Marathon
Vehicle traffic to and from the Jericho Sailing Centre will be severely pinched on Sunday, May 5 between 0830H-Noon to facilitate the BMO Vancouver Marathon. Event routes and road closure information are available on the web at  
Send Us Your Jericho Photos
 We are looking for Jericho style photos to share in our newsletter and on our website.
Thanks to Locarno Fleet Captain Peter Bodifee who sent us the cover photo of his trusty wave steed at rest on Jericho Beach after a perfect spring sailing session last week.  
English Bay Safety Seminar - May 6

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 38 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 May 6, June 3 & 24, July 22 or August 19. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

MAYDAY Kitsilano Coast Guard Station - Casualty ONE

 Scores of mariners along the south coast of British Columbia heard the desperate, emotionally choked distress call over Channel 16, the marine emergency channel monitored by all radio equipped vessels: a trembling, heavily accented voice that clearly communicated an anguished final appeal; an overseas Captain's plea to the Canadian Coast Guard for immediate medical assistance to save his dying crew member. Six weeks previously, before Stephen Harper's Conservative government pulled the plug on Canada's most prolific lifesaving station for negligible and questionable savings, the Captain wouldn't have had to make that call and his crew member might have survived.


Fifteen minutes earlier on April 11, 2013 the Captain of the Osakana, a 200 metre containership out of Singapore on Anchorage 14, dead smack in the middle of Vancouver Harbour; just a short tack directly north of Jericho Beach, 1 nautical mile west of Stanley Park; and agonizingly, easily within sight, only 2.5nm NW, of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station; had contacted the Canadian Coast Guard to request emergency medical assistance for his First Mate who was suffering a heart attack. Kitsilano Coast Guard Station crew could have been on board this vessel with hands on the casualty within 10 minutes of that first call.


Conservative Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashford's baseless claims that the Canadian Coast Guard's first and foremost priority is, and always has been the safety of mariners; and that, the closure of Canada's busiest coast guard station would not negatively impact the safety of mariners in Canada's busiest and most prosperous waterway, is a shameful, disgraceful falsehood. It is as the experts have been saying all along: the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station has been saving lives for 50 years, without it, lives will be lost.


When questioned about the Osakana incident by NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly in Parliament, Mr. Ashfield evaded answering the question directly, instead stating that there had been 37 life at risk calls involving 47 people since the Kits closure and that the Sea Island hovercraft had responded with an average "reaction time" of less than 10 minutes. Reaction time is the time it takes the Coast Guard vessel to leave dock - Kitsilano averaged less than 3 minutes. The question this brings to mind is "How much is the government actually saving?" In December, the Coast Guard Commissioner reported to Parliament that the savings were $700,000; down from the original projected savings. However the hovercraft, which has been in English Bay far more frequently than ever before, burns more than 3 times the fuel than the Kits cutter did and requires a crew of 4 rather than 3. Far more expensive to operate and an extra hour round trip just to get here and back.


Local Conservative MPs have been negligent in representing British Columbians, chosing instead to parrot Minister Ashfield's perposterous claims. Please continue to share your concerns with them and ask them: what are the actual savings in this matter of public safety?


The JSCA, along with many others in our marine community will continue to strenuously object to this ill fated closure. In the past two months we have collected over 5,000 letters to Stephen Harper objecting to the closure. We encourage users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to continue to write to local MPs and the Prime Minister to voice their objection. Form letters are available onsite at the Jericho Sailing Centre as well as on our website.

Jericho Racing Gaining Boatspeed
Sunday Racing                             
Non-regatta Sundays@ 1230H
May 5-September 15
Tuesday Racing
Every Tuesday @ 1815H
May 7-September 10
Jericho Classic Regatta          June 1 & 2
Rookie Racing Seminar
June 23 @ 0900H  - register at the Jericho office

For a complete event schedule barge over to:   

Bi-Weekly Paddle-a-thon @ Jericho Commencing May 16


Thursday Nite Paddle Races @ Jericho
Kayaks, outriggers, surf skis, SUP's.
"If you can paddle it, you can race it."


May 16 & 30
June 13 & 27
July 11 & 25
August 8 & 22

Registration $5/
Free for JSCA Members

Registration Opens 1730H         
Registration Closes
First Start @ 1900H
Draw Prizes
Sponsored By:
MEC Paddlefest 2013, the Jericho Galley, Ecomarine & Windsure Adventure Sports

Jericho Galley NOW Open 7 Days a Week  (weather permitting)







Week Days:



Week Ends:


Club Sign-up Time @ Jericho

One of the best ways to enjoy recreational ocean access on Vancouver's largest playground is to join one of the community based clubs based out of the Jericho Sailing Centre. These low cost, not for profit, volunteer driven organizations provide a wide variety of boat access and training programs for dinghy sailing, paddling, windsurfing, SUP and rowing programs as well as social opportunities. Clubs looking for new crew include:


Club Locarno -        


UBC Sailing Club-   


Viking Sailing Club -


Discovery Sailing Club -


For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to


Jericho School Sign-ups

Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing and Ocean Kayaking Schools at the Jericho Sailing Centre gain their full on sea legs in the month of May. For full Season Pass, Rental or Lesson information and registration click the link below:


Dinghy Sailing                                         

Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling             

Ocean Kayaking                                       

NEW-Pay Parking in Effect April 1-October 31
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.   
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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