Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJuly 24, 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 24, 2013 and beyond:
In This Issue
Thursday Nite Paddle Prizes
Extreme Danger Warning
Jericho Summer Schools
Safe Launching
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                                      Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho                              July 25

Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho
Kayaks, outriggers, surf skis, SUP's.
Draw Prizes-a-plenty!  
"If you can paddle it, you can race it."
July 25
August 8 & 22

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

THIS Saturday

Celebration of Light Fireworks

 The first of the annual Celebration of Light fireworks shows takes place this Saturday over English Bay. If fireworks turn you on, "Celebration" is a perfect accent to three Vancouver mid-summer night eves right in the sweet spot of summer. The fireworks are best viewed from English Bay Beach. Kits Beach offers a next best view with Jericho accommodating the cheap seats - distant view but easier parking and disembarking when the show ends. Seating at the Jericho Patio and Grill is tough to find after 2030H. The rooftop deck will be open to members & their accompanying guests (60 maximum) with security in place to enforce no alcohol or smoking. The show dates are July 27 & 31, and August 3; Start time 2200H.


For more information on the Celebration of Light check out their website: 


EXTREME DANGER WARNING - Celebration of Light Fireworks

One of the most dangerous situations for operators of small water craft in Vancouver occurs at the conclusion of each Celebration of Light fireworks show. Hundreds of powerboats are hastily heading for home in all different directions and the sea surface is filled with crossing boat chop on waves. Lights from boats and downtown reflect everywhere and a kayak, canoe, rowboat or other small vessel is almost impossible to see, even if the power vessel Skipper hasn't been drinking, and in some cases, he has.

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association, in the strongest possible way, advises our members and other small, naturally powered craft to not put themselves in this vulnerable position. If you choose to be out there, please remember that the Coast Guard and other safety boats will have their hands full and may not even be able to locate your craft within the boating frenzy if you need them. Also remember, that you the Skipper, as always, are solely responsible for your safety and that of your crew.

UBC Sailing Club Hosts Big Brothers & Sisters

Future Jericho Rescue Team member Jack lets out a Yippie Ki Yay! as Big Brother Scott monitors progress on the GPS of Jericho Rescue
The UBC Sailing Club hosted some special guests last Saturday as they took Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada sailing out of the Jericho Sailing Centre. The weather was hot & sunny as the kids and their big brothers enjoyed sailing excursions on the Bay and a BBQ picnic. On behalf of the entire JSCA community, thank-you to Maranatha Coulas and her awesome crew for making this an exceptional day for these kids.



Jericho Youth Camps - Register Now, Programs Filling Fast

   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 







Sail Racing at Jericho - Sunday Racing this Weekend!

 Sunday Racing                     
1230 H
Non-regatta Sundays
 through September 15

Tuesday Nite Racing

     1815 H

       Every Tuesday

       through September 10


Tuesday Racing Photos July 23






















































































Race Registration Update! 

Racers - please check and update your registrations


If you race at Jericho on Sunday or Tuesday night, you can see your finishes in each race, and overall for each day you race, at To see your name as well as your sail number, and to be included in the series results, you need to register.


Online registration is fairly straight forward at, but please watch a couple of things:


1. If you sail club boats. When you register, the default Start and End dates for your registration are set to January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. This is fine if you always sail the same boat. However, if you sail a club boat, using different sail numbers on different days, you will probably have to register each time you sail, entering the correct sail number, and setting both the Start and End dates to the day you sailed that boat. You can register as often as you need to, but each registration must have the correct class, sail number, and dates. (I plan to make it easier to do this, but for now, please do it by registering each time you sail, and changing the default dates.)


2. A new crew for a day. If you normally have the same person as crew, but a different person crews for you on one day, you need to do a couple of things. First, you will need two registrations for your regular crew. The first registration should have an End date a day or so before your alternate crew sailed. The second registration should have a Start date a day or two after that date. Then you need to register your alternate crew (or they can register themselves) for the day when they sailed (i.e. Start and End dates set to that day). If you register your alternate crew, without changing the registration for your regular crew, you will see three people listed for your boat on the day you had the alternate crew.


Please help us keep the race and series results up to date, complete, and correct by checking and updating your race registrations as required.


Thanks for your help with this.

Richard Spencer




Weekly Safety Tip - Launch & Transiting Area 

The waterspace in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre between the Jericho Pier and the rock groyne from the shore to the orange barrels is a training and transiting zone only. This area gets extremely congested on busy days and we ask you, when leaving shore to be very aware of traffic and plan your route through it. Delaying your launch from shore by a minute or two may be your best strategy.


If you are an experienced sailor, windsurfer, paddler or rower, please move though this area and do not loiter. If you are new to your sport please consider launching and/or practicing from the new beach area immediately east of the Jericho Sailing Centre. Paddlecraft are encouraged to use the new beach launch area which is unaffected by waves from the west and provides placid lake-like launch conditions.


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

English Bay Safety Seminar - August 19

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 39 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 on August 19 at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

Vancouver SUP Challenge                                                                        August 24

Kayak for a Cure                                                                                            August 25

Jericho F18 Rum Runner Regatta                          August 24 & 25

Just when you thought it was save to go back on the water....
August 24 the BIG cats are back!




Coming Up - SPECIAL EVENTS @ Jericho Sailing Centre


August 17               Locarno Rowing Regatta


August 24               Vancouver SUP Challenge

                       Jericho F18 Regatta


        August 25               Kayak for a Cure 


September 22        Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up








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. 

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 $1,600 to Ross. Thank you and please keep the donations coming.

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


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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