Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJuly 3, 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 July 3, 2013 and beyond:
In This Issue
MEC Paddlefest
Jericho Summer Schools
Canada Day, eh.
reLeash Your SUP
Wet Your Whistle
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CELEBRATE THIS SATURDAY July 6             MEC Paddlefest 2013


This Saturday 3,500 paddlers will infest the newly liberated area of Jericho Beach just east of the Jericho Sailing Centre for MEC Paddlefest 2013 . It will be 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

CELEBRATE SATURDAY NIGHT - UBC Sailing Club - Nautical Beach Party  


Jericho Youth Camps - Chillin' Through Waves of Heat

  When the heat is on there is nothing cooler than being in school - windsurfing, kayaking, dinghy sailing, SUP or skimboarding, school at the Jericho Sailing Centre, Vancouver's Ocean Community Centre.


Jericho'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


Canada Day Weekend @ Jericho - Fantastic, eh?

Many people took advantage of record summer temperatures on the Canada Day long weekend to cooly sail, windsurf, row, SUP & kayak from the Jericho Sailing Centre, the undisputed "naturally coolest" community centre in Vancouver.














































































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


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

                       Jericho F18 Regatta


August 25        Kayak for a Cure

JSCA Operations Committee Meeting July 10

The next meeting of the JSCA Operations Committee has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 at 1730H in the Surf & Turf Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre. The primary focus of the agenda will be the proposed relocation of the SUP rack currently being used by JSCA's SUP school/rental operation.


The rack is currently along the fence directly north of the grass rigging/picnic area just west of the school and although it is in the best place to serve school needs, several concerned members have asked us to reconsider another option which would not obstruct the ocean view. Our Operations Committee Chair, Storage Manager and I have reviewed the needs and the area, and consider an option proposed by some concerned members - approximately 30' west along the fence-to be the best compromise. The committee is open to other suggestions and all member input is welcome.


If you would like input but are unable to attend the meeting please send your suggestions by reply email. If you would like to discuss this further prior to the meeting, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thursday Nite Paddling @  Jericho                                                    July 11
Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho
Kayaks, outriggers, surf skis, SUP's.
"If you can paddle it, you can race it."
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

Sail Racing at Jericho

                 Sunday Racing
           1230 H
            Non-regatta Sundays
                  through September 15


"Eat our wake, gentlemen"





Tuesday Nite Racing

1815 H

Every Tuesday

through September 10













"Oh, carp!"




          Tuesday Nite  Racing


          July 2 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 - SUP Safety Leashes

Common seafarer wisdom says: "always stay with your craft, even when she capsizes". If she sinks, you still want to stay with the floating debris field; gather up everything that remains afloat so that you are more bouyant and easier to spot in the water.


 A craft that is most unlikey to sink is a Stand Up Paddleboard, but staying with it could be a challenge without a safety leash. A routine fall can result in kicking out the board in such a way that you may not be able to get back to it. For this reason, safety leashes are mandatory in many places, including Hawaii, the birthplace of the sport, where PFD's are not required.


Transport Canada made carrying a PFD on board a legal requirement but does not require a safety leash. The JSCA recommends PFD's be worn and a safety leash be attached while enjoying SUP. Other craft where safety leashes are recommended are sit on top kayaks and high performance Surf Skis which are extra light and extra tippy and can be borne away on wind and wave faster than an Olympic swimmer. 


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.

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.


To date members have donated in excess of $500 to Ross. Thank you and please keep the donations coming.

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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