Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJuly 31, 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's Ocean Community Centre, for July 31, 2013 and beyond:
In This Issue
Happy BC Day Weekend
Extreme Danger Warning
NEW Race Registration Procedure
Wear Your PFD
Join our Mailing List!

"Be Sea" Day, This Monday

 There is something distinctive about life here on the left coast of Canada in this province of British Columbia that easily inspires people to follow their noses along the salt scented Pacific air pathway to mess around in boats down at the liquidly source of all life- it is our very essence.

It's not something that started in this generation or the last, or even in the time since British Columbia first boarded the good ship Canada in 1871. As long as people have lived near these sand swept, rock reinforced Pacific Ocean shorelines they have felt an intimate connection with the sea and nowhere is this more apparent today than at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

 From the relatively landlocked hub bubs of Toronto, Montreal and other Canadian population centers it's hard for non-Pacific inhabitants of our country to imagine we BC left "Coasters" without sandals, surf shorts, super shades, sunscreen, sun tanned skin and hair blowing in the wind, well bent on a good time at the beach. (Perhaps the leading catalyst for Easterners who jump ship west). On BC Day the beach is where many of us will "be".

 If the weather turns out as long range advertised for our provincial holiday ( and for the real Jericho junkies even if it doesn't), the waves of English Bay will be streaked with the wakes of a thousand tiny ship trips launched from Jericho Beach out of Vancouver's low  cost ocean community centre. The kayak, rowboat, sailing dinghy, windsurfer, stand-up paddleboard, skim board, SUP or other naturally powered craft you command could be among the flotilla.

 This Monday make plans to exercise your "Be Sea" essence. Live it up to the beat of the provincial motto "Splendor without Diminishment", throw on your surf shorts and sandals, slap on some sunscreen and your shades, turn your back to the east with a smile and come celebrate BC Day at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

Wednesday & Saturday 

Celebration of Light Fireworks

Celebration of Light fireworks shows continue tonight (July 31) and Saturday over English Bay.
For the last 2 evenings of fireworks an aerobatic display will be put on by pilot Pete McLeod from 2010-2025H in the airspace over the water SW of Second Beach
Many people enjoy the view of fireworks from Jericho where parking and road closures aren't as big an issue as closer viewpoints. Seating at the Jericho Patio and Grill is tough to find after 2100H. The rooftop deck will be open to members & their accompanying guests (60 maximum) with security in place to enforce no alcohol or smoking. 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.

Jericho Rescue Team Busy & Expecting

 Now that the lastest heir to the English thone has been established, the focus can turn to the Jericho Rescue Team who are expecting delivery of a brand new, bouncing baby Marks boat any day now. This is the first of 2 rescue boat replacements made possible by the $100,000 BC Gaming Grant delivered by Premier Christy Clark last January.



Elisabeth Buxbaum and Mark Daigle on Dawn Patrol for the Bay Crossing swim

 Meanwhile, with record Vancouver July sunshine, the Jericho Rescue Team has been exceptionally busy over the past several weeks. Last Saturday, Jericho Rescue & Jericho Marks (crewed by Mark Daigle, Elisabeth Buxbaum, Benoit Sonrel, Linda Dix-Cooper) were on the water at 0600H with the Vancouver Lifeguard Association (James & Ben) to provide safety coverage for the Bay Crossing swim, an annual event from Sandy Cove to Kits Beach first swam by Percy Norman in the 1930's. The boats were back on station in front of Jericho for a spectacular 15-20 knot mid-summer Saturday and then spent the evening patrolling the no go area

Roger Middleton, Andrei Bredin, Jeff Lee & Nigel Cornwall (behind the camera) ending a long summer day with a bang

  around the Celebration of Light fireworks barge with the boats safely tucked in after 19 hours on duty at 0100H Sunday.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers of the Jericho Rescue Team for facilitating 90+ on water events this year within Vancouver's largest recreational area.

Elise's Tweet of the Day - Follow Us on Twitter  @jerichosailing

"Did you hear about the paddle sale at the boat store?


It was quite an oar deal." -Ellen DeGeneres, Classic Joke Wednesday  

MediaView: Sailing in the Sun

Former JSCA member, Christof Marti, now writes a sailing Blog for the Vancouver Sun. Check out the latest entry in his Blog Log:  Get into Sailing  

Jericho Youth Camps - Most Popular School in Vancouver!

   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




Race registration made easier

There is a new, and I hope easier, way to register for Sunday and Tuesday racing. It is intended for everyone who sails different boats (club or coop owned), or crews on different boats, over the course of the season.

There is a new link at the bottom of all the Sunday and Tuesday results at : "add or remove a registration for this event". Click on that link, login, and you will see a slightly different view of the results, with buttons for adding or removing competitors.

I hope it is obvious how it works, but note that any changes you make using the buttons will change a registration for ONE event (series, day and class) ONLY. You can't change the RESULT for a boat - just who was sailing it.

If you add a registration, it is for one day only. If you sail on another day, in this boat or a different one, you will have to register again. You can do this for as many different days, classes and boats as you need to. What you WON'T have to do is enter the boat or date information - this is done for you when you click 'Add competitor".

If you remove a registration, you are removing it for that day only. So, if you registered for the default dates (January 1 to December 31) and you delete a registration using the "remove competitor" button, you are still registered for the whole year EXCEPT for that day (and any other days you remove). Removing a registration does not remove a person's name from the drop down list of registered competitors. If you remove someone by mistake, you can use the "add competitor" button to put them back.

The original registration process (using the link from the home page) is still available, and is the best way to register if you usually sail the same boat. You can use the new method to make a few changes to that registration over the course of the season (e.g. if someone replaces your regular crew on a few days).

By the way, for obvious reasons you can't add or remove competitors for regattas, like the Jericho Classic, for which event registration is required.

As always, your feedback and suggestions would be much appreciated. Please send them to me at



Richard Spencer

                                      Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho                              August 8

Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho
Kayaks, outriggers, surf skis, SUP's.
Draw Prizes-a-plenty!  
"If you can paddle it, you can participate."
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

Weekly Safety Tip - Always Wear Your PFD on the Water

Transport Canada regulations require that there be a PFD on board for everyone on your vessel. The vessels that launch out of the Jericho Sailing Centre  are among the smallest vessels (nocturnal sailing bath tubs notwithstanding) on the water and good common sense requires that they actually be worn. One of the most significant dangers we little boat people face is the risk of collision with another vessel and your unworn PFD is unlikely to end up in a place where you can easily reach it, nor would it be easy to put on while in the water. Play safe, always wear your PFD on the water. 


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

Jericho Sailing Centre Whistles - Fashion & Function Only $6

Tweet Us at @jerichosailing


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 - 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!




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


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

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 $2,300 to Ross. Thank you and please keep the donations coming.

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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