Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJune 12, 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 June 12, 2013 and beyond:
In This Issue
Thursday Paddle
Jericho Beach Party!
Wet Your Whistle
SUP Boot Camp
Rooftop Yoga
Join our Mailing List!

THIS WEEKEND - Sailing Cats Flock Back to Jericho


Look out little Laser, big cats are prowling!

Every year around this time pods of Hobies, Nacras and other stray cats migrate back to the Jericho Sailing Centre for what is now known as the Jericho Catamaran Classic, one of the most popular events on the Pacific Northwest cat race tour.


This Saturday & Sunday, Jericho's finest fat cat Principle Race Officer, Andy Hunt, will attempt to herd these cats around an exciting race course on English Bay. There will be plenty of hissing and scratching; yeowlling, spitting and arching of backs. The fur (and hulls) will fly and in the end, one crew from each class will be the cats' meow. Andy still has openings for volunteers on board the race committee boat Albatross to help with starts and finishes - no experience required, lunch provided and a great view of a wet and wild cat fight.


For more information on the 2013 Jericho Catamaran Classic purrrruse your mouse over to:

Kitty Litter  


There will be no regular Sunday Racing this weekend - SR returns June 23 @ 1230H

THIS WEEK Thursday Nite Paddling June 13

Calling all Jericho Paddlers - maybe you enjoy getting out on a warm spring evening to paddle with some old & new friends at a leisurely pace and racing just isn't your thing. This program is FREE for Jericho members, a great opportunity to meet other paddlers, and you may win one of our draw prizes just for showing up.


Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho
Kayaks, outriggers, surf skis, SUP's.
"If you can paddle it, you can race it."
(or not)


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 Beach Restoration Celebration           June 19



The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation are inviting everyone to join them in celebrating the completion of the Jericho Beach Restoration on Wednesday, June 19 at 1830H (6:30pm for landlubbers). 


The Jericho Sailing Centre Association would like to invite all Vancouver ocean lovers to attend the celebration via water. The ceremony will be conducted from the viewing platform shown in the bottom right hand corner of the above poster. Live music will commence at 1800H. We ask that all vessels arrive just off the beach by 1825H and blow their whistle (or other legally required sound signalling device) upon hearing the Bosun's Pipe sound signal cue from shore (Loud cheering and wildly waving paddles optional).


Many members of Vancouver's ocean community participated between 2008 to 2012 in the public process that led to this day and we ask that you join us in this historic celebration. 


Weekly Safety Tip - Jericho Sailing Centre Whistles


All craft launching out of Jericho are required by law to have a sound signalling device on board. The easiest way to meet this requirement is to attach a whistle to your PFD. The Jericho Sailing Centre Association office is now selling the new, flattie "Fox 40 Whistle-World's Most Advanced Pealess Whistle"-in your choice of 5 fashion colours complete with Jericho logo, for only $6. It's the cheapest insurance you'll ever own and the aerodynamic design is guaranteed to improve your boat speed.


In a distress situation blow your whistle multiple (7+) times in short sharp bursts to gain the attention of others. Remember that sound carries on the wind, so if the wind is heavy, don't waste your energy trying to gain the attention of those far to windward of you if there are other options. If you choose not to own one of our cool new Jericho Fox 40 whistles, do not use an old hockey, or other whistle with a pea, as salt water immersions will turn your pea into non-acoustical soup.


For more Safety Info scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Send Us Your Jericho Photos
Close but no contact!
We are looking for Jericho style photos to share in our newsletter and on our website.
These photos were taken at last Tuesday Nite Racing from Jericho Rescue during training drills. For more photos click:  More Photos
SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Boot Camp is Back!

 Windsure AdventureSUP Bootcamp is a fitness class on a paddle board. You will learn to paddle as well as push up, squat and plank your way through a great workout all while soaking in the fabulous view of the city from the water.

No experience necessary. Boards, paddles and life jackets are provided.









For more information: or 


Check out this video!


Jericho members receive 30%off


Dawn (McNevin) Joseph, BHK, BCRPA
Personal Trainer
Group Fitness
c:  604.369.4612

Yoga up on the roof of the Jericho Sailing Centre




Come enjoy yoga with Panoramic City Scapes on the Roof Top Deck of the Jericho Sailing Centre.


(Weather permitting-no class in the rain) Please bring your own Mat and dress in comfortable layers to accommodate weather changes. Please bring a friend. Classes will be All Level with plenty of options. Safe alignment and practice will be emphasized. All students welcome, from beginners to experienced yogis. Elements of Hatha, Yin, and Restorative Yoga will be incorporated.


SUNRISE SUNDAY:      MAY 26-JUNE 23  8:30-9:45AM            5 classes   

WIND WEDNESDAY:    MAY 29-JUNE 26   10:00-11:15 AM       5 classes

RATES: Drop in       $12       5 classes.   $50      



My name is Graham. I look forward to meeting you and the opportunity to introduce you to some very interesting yoga! Come and enjoy the elements of Wind, Sea, and Sky being part of your practice! Please contact me at Or call 778-899-1481


"A child moves alone in the grey that is half fog, half wind blown ocean"   Jane Hirshfield

Jericho Racing
Sunday Racing                             
Non-regatta Sundays@ 1230H
Through September 15
Tuesday Racing
Every Tuesday @ 1815H
Through September 10





Hobie Classic Regatta

June 15 & 16
Rookie Racing Seminar 
June 23 @ 0900H  - register
at the Jericho office

For a complete event schedule barge

over to:   

English Bay Safety Seminar - June 24

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 June 24, July 22 or August 19. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

Register Online for Sunday & Tuesday Nite Series Racing 

 Jericho is using a new race scoring program which not only shows race results, but also shows overall, cumulative results for the Sunday and Tuesday night Series. All results are at , where you can see results for every boat that took part in every race scored so far. However, you will only see competitors' names if they have registered.

Registration is available online for Series events. A link at will take you to a form with two boxes: a drop down list of names, and an empty box. If you have already registered, select your name from the drop down list. If this is your first time registering, enter your name in the empty box.

Click "Enter" to see a registration form with rows for up to four new registrations. Any existing registrations are shown in rows below. If you need to enter more than four new registrations, click Enter to get four new, empty rows for adding more registrations.

You must register for the dates you race in each boat you sail. If you always sail the same boat (or at least use the same sail number) it's simple - just register for that class and sail number, with start and end dates that cover the season (the default is January 1 to December 31). If you sail different boats (classes and/or sail numbers), you need to register for the day or days you race each boat.

If you sail a co-op owned boat, you should register each time you race a particular boat. (Make the start date and end date the same). You can put in a date range, as long as it doesn't cover the days when someone else raced the same boat. (Google's "Chrome" browser will pop up a convenient calendar for editing dates. In other browsers you can edit the dates directly.)

Note that Sail "numbers" don't actually have to be numbers. If you raced a boat with no sail number, and the results show it as (say) "Red Laser", you should enter "Red Laser" as the sail number when you register.

You can choose the role of either skipper or crew (the default is skipper). In a two person boat, "skipper" will be listed before "crew" in the results. (A couple of other roles are there for future development.)

You can edit any field (name, class, sail number, dates, or role) in any existing registration. Changing a name (e.g. to correct a misspelling) changes it for all registrations. To delete a specific registration, delete the sail number (no other registrations will be affected).

Once you register, your name will be shown in the Sunday or Tuesday night results, and you will be added to the cumulative results for that Series and class (e.g. Sunday Series, Laser). The results are updated by the program when you register, and you can register at any time (but the sooner the better!)

One final point. This program is still in beta, and you may see some changes over the season. You may also have problems with it, or see something that isn't right. If so, please send an email to and I will do my best to resolve the issue. Suggestions for improvements are also welcome.


Richard Spencer



UBC Sailing Club - Nautical Beach Party 


Jericho Sailing Centre Etiquette 

Common sense and consideration of fellow members and other users 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 dollys 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 leave dollys on the beach.
  • 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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