Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJune 26, 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 26, 2013 and beyond:
In This Issue
THINK Surf Ski Demo
Thursday Nite Paddle Prizes
Jericho Summer Schools
Bon Voyage Ross Risby
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Demo a Think Surfski & SUP This Thursday 5-7 @ Jericho!

 Have you ever wanted to try a surf ski or a racing SUP? Then come join us at Jericho this Thursday before the bi-monthly race.

From 5 to 7 pm, the entire Think Kayaks line-up of surf skis and SUPs will be available for demo.
...former USA World Cup paddler Dion Maxwell will be on hand to give tips, help out and just be awesome!


The $5 race fee for non-JSCA members has been waived, so join us for the race at 7 pm - spend your $5 on beer on Vancouver's best patio!  Hope to see everyone on Thursday.

Thursday Nite Paddling @  Jericho June 27 - This week: FREE 4 ALL!

We've had slight turnouts for the first 3 TNP@J's and our Draw Prize pool floweth over - so far, everyone who has attended has won a draw prize and with sponsors like O'Neil (Windsure), MEC, Ecomarine & the Galley Patio & Grill, we have some pretty good swag. Join us from 5-7 for a THINK Surf Ski & SUP Demo with champion paddler Dion Maxwell and join in the race at 7pm - this week: FREE 4 ALL!  

Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho
Kayaks, outriggers, surf skis, SUP's.
"If you can paddle it, you can race it."
June 27
July 11 & 25
August 8 & 22

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

Jericho Youth Camps - Weather Resistant Recreation

 Summer school is in session at the Jericho Sailing Centre rain or shine. Kayaking, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, stand up paddling and skimboarding can all be enjoyed in Vancouver's liquid sunshine because we dress to get wet, rain or shine. 


JSCA's affiliated schools: Ecomarine, Windsure & MacSailing provide the best in professional, recreational marine instruction for kids (and adults) of all ages for le$$ than you might expect. 


For more info click:


Windsurfing Camps                                


Dinghy Sailing Camps


Kayaking Kamps


JSCA Affiliated Groups Infuse the

Jericho Sailing Centre with Community Spirit

40 Brother SUP Lesson Courtesy of Windsure

The weather was soggyish and grey but the prevailing spirit of the Jericho Sailing Centre shone through this past Sunday as the Companionway and Discovery Sailing clubs hosted a "Jericho Sailing Centre event" for Big Brothers of Canada. The weather just didn't matter as the kids and their big brothers enjoyed SUP & Windsurfing lessons, sailing trips across the bay, yoga and a BBQ picnic. On behalf of the entire JSCA community, thank-you to Rohan Roy and his fabulous crew from Companionway and Discovery for organizing this special day. Thanks also to the Sea Dragon Sea Scouts for their knot tying prowess and instruction. JSCA's business partners: Windsure Adventure Sports, MacSailing and the Galley Patio & Grill all came through donating their services to support this event.

Future Jericho Rescue Team Member Victor & Big Brother Thomas on board Jericho Rescue

Later this summer the UBC Sailing Club will host another crew from Big Brothers and the Galley Patio and Grill will host the annual Canuck Place Staff Retreat for the 5th time as Vancouver's ocean community centre exercises our community spirit.

Bon Voyage and Thank You Ross!


"Water is wet!"

After 27 years of exceptional service to the members of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association, our Groundskeeper, Ross Risby has had to leave the Jericho Sailing Centre staff for health reasons.


Ross's always sunny disposition, hard work ethic and witty "Rossisms" ("If you don't put food in your belly, you get hungry." & "Water is wet!") will be sorely missed around Jericho and we all wish him well as he navigates into the next chapter of his life.


In 1993, Ross's quick and decisive action saved the Jericho Sailing Centre building from possibly burning to the ground after discovering a fire embedded in the roof above our sprinkler and detection system.



Ross's financial prospects for the future are seriously challenged by his health so the JSCA has started a special fund to help him and we encouage members to make a donation through the JSCA office.

Register NOW for MEC Paddlefest 2013 on July 6


 MEC Paddlefest is an urban celebration of kayaking, canoeing, SUPing and the ocean environment in British Columbia. The festival will feature learning opportunities on the water and on the land. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome. There will be FREE on water course Introduction to kayaking, guided tours, forward strokes, introduction to rolling, basic rescue, towing, paddling fitness, kids kayaking. Land clinics include navigation, choosing a kayak, choosing a paddle, trip packing, injury prevention, kayaking Vancouver Island. There will be manufacturer, sport educational, and environment displays. This will be a great opportunity for anyone who wants to flex a paddle for free, but you must register in advance if you want in on a course by trekking over to

Buy your tickets now - UBC Sailing Club - Nautical Beach Party  July 6 


Coming Up - JULY & AUGUST SPECIAL EVENTS @ Jericho Sailing Centre

July 6              MEC Paddlefest

                       UBC Sailing Club Nautical Beach Party


July 14            Subaru Vancouver Half Iron Triathlon


July 27/31        Celebration of Light Fireworks 

August 3


August 17        Locarno Rowing Regatta


August 24        Vancouver SUP Challenge


August 25        Kayak for a Cure

Backwind- Navy League of Canada Sea Cadet Regatta

 Last Saturday Sea Cadets from 7 different BC communities participated in the 5th annual Navy League Regatta at the Jericho Sailing Centre.  This event is a partnership between The Navy league of Canada, the Department of National Defence and the Jericho Sailing Centre Association.  Corporate sponsorship was provided by Port Metro Vancouver, Western Stevedoring and the BC Supercargoes Association.


The Navy League provided a BBQ lunch, Jericho provided the race committee and race equipment, and staff from the Lower Mainland Sail Centre provided training and supervision to the Cadets.


 This event is aimed at providing a fun race environment for beginner to intermediate level sailors to practice their existing sailing skills. The emphasis of this event is to provide an introduction to sail racing skills including procedures, rules and on water tactics.  Some of the cadets who particpated in this event will go on to race in provincial or national level races as they progress in their sailing levels and abilities.

Sail Racing at Jericho

                 Sunday Racing
           1230 H
            Non-regatta Sundays
                  through September 15





Tuesday Nite Racing

1815 H

Every Tuesday

through September 10













          Tuesday Nite  Racing

                      Photo Album

















ClubLocarno Celebrates 25th Anniversary


ClubLocarno is celebrating it's 25th Anniversary as ClubLocarno.  We take pride in our club, it's people, fleet, and community at Jericho.  But we also take pride in our history, steeped with intrigued and crazy escapades.  This August 17th we are celebrating this Anniversary with ClubLocarno's 4th Annual Regatta and Beer Garden.   In preparation for this we are looking for some support.   If you know were involved in the early days of ClubLocarno's creation or the days of SFU sailing club and have stories to tell; if you can donate prizes for our event; or provide material support in any way - we'd really like to hear from you. Please email


Weekly Safety Tip - The Agony of Defeet Easily Solved by Footwear

Foot injuries are all to common in and around the Jericho Sailing Centre. It doesn't matter if the injury is caused by man eating barnacles, broken shells, sharp rocks or some less than natural object like a rusty old piece of metal: the agony is in de feet. The common thread we see with foot wounds at the Jericho Sailing Centre is bare feet. Although it may seem like a good idea to sift your toes through the sand, a piece of broken glass slicing through the arch of your foot could ruin your whole day. Remember to wear your footwear in and around beach areas, it could just save your soul.  


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

Jericho Sailing Centre Whistles - Fashion & Function Only $6

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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. 

English Bay Safety Seminar - July 22

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

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.



July 7 - July 28 (4)


August 11-August 25 (3)


The water element moves beneath your feet, the earth element grounds you, the sky/air element surrounds you, and the fire burns above you. And you are as one, in the centre of the energy!


Classes will focus on centering, grounding, balance and connectivity.





Drop in    $12.00 (Pre registration available at the JSCA Office on the Ground floor)



FOR MORE INFORMATION or confirmation please call Graham 778-899-1481


See you there! Namaste  Graham

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!


Testimonial from yoyoyama:


Great for Moms!



Jericho members receive 30%off


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

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



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:


  • No Alcohol is permitted within the Jericho Sailing Centre other than that served by the Jericho Galley Patio & Grill or by a duly authorized affiliated club with a Special Occasion Permit. At no time is alcohol permitted outside of a licensed area.                   
  • 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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