Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationAugust 21, 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 August 21, 2013 and beyond:
In This Issue
Thursday Nite Paddle LAST BLAST!
Kayak 4 a Cure
Jericho Summer Schools
Notice of AGM
Safety Your Responsibility
Join our Mailing List!

Vancouver SUP Challenge                                                                          August 24


This Saturday, hundreds of Stand-up Paddlers will descend upon Locarno Beach just west of the Jericho Pier to stir the big soup in the 2013 Vancouver SUP Challenge. Racing starts at Noon; for more info paddle your mouse over to Vancouver SUP Challenge    

Jericho F18 Rum Runner Regatta                                                        August 24 & 25

This weekend the big cats come back to the Jericho Sailing Centre for the F18 Rum Runner Regatta. For more info., fly your hull over to:   Notice of Race




LAST BLAST THIS THURSDAY                     Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho                              

Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho
Kayaks, outriggers, surf skis, SUP's. Come out and just participate or race-a great way to meet your fellow Jericho paddlers.
Draw Prizes-a-plenty!  

It doesn't have to be a race; meet new people & decide your own pace
August 22

Registration Opens 1730H          
Registration Closes
1845H First Start @ 1900H
Sponsored By:
MEC Paddlefest 2013, the Jericho Galley Patio & Grill, Ecomarine & Windsure Adventure Sports

Kayak for a Cure                                                                                            August 25

Vancouver's paddling community will be out in full force on Sunday, August 25 for a day of fun & sun in support of InspireHealth, a leader in integrative cancer care. Enjoy a beautiful 10K morning paddle, followed by lunch, provided to all participants. For more info back paddle to:

Sail Racing at Jericho - F18 Regatta but we will still run Sunday Racing this Weekend!

1230 H
            Non-regatta Sundays
            through September 15

     Tuesday Nite Racing

     1815 H

        Every Tuesday

        through September 10


        August 20 Tuesday Nite Racing Photos



NEW Boat For Jericho Rescue

Jericho Rescue Team members Jon Hitchings and Andrew Balakshin on board Jericho Marks in 2011.
Built in 1990, she was the first vessel to respond to the Mayday call put out by the burning Kitsilano Coast  Guard Station in 1991. She was commandeered that day by the Vancouver Fire Department to get firefighters closer to the flames in their valiant effort to save the station.  Over the years she has been involved in the rescue of more than 2,000 people and facilitated more than 1800 events in the waters of Vancouver.  She was the best multi-purpose rescue/safety boat we've ever had and it will be a tall order to replace her. This week, the Jericho Rescue team says farewell to the current "Jericho Marks" and welcomes it's replacement which we hope to use over the next 25 years. 
DAY 1 Sea Trials: Propelled by Yamaha, driven by Ford, under Angelic Power, with Middleton at midships and Eric the Viking in the bow-the new Jericho Marks begins it's Jericho Rescue service.

Jericho Youth Camps - Summer School's Finest Hours!

MacSailing Beach Kids on pirate patrol

 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 


Teen camp makes windsurfing easy




















MacSailing Youth Race Team

 Aspiring young sailors can learn to race with the MacSailing Youth Race Team. The Team will train in the fall and spring and compete in regattas around Vancouver.


Ages 11-14 in Optimists; ages14-18 in Lasers; and, ages 13-18 in double handed 420's.


For more information, race over to


Notice of Annual General Meeting


Jericho Sailing Centre Association

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Tuesday October 22 at 1900H


The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 40th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2012/2013 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.


Call for Nominations

Voting will take place to elect eight members for a two-year term, and one member to a 1 year term to our 15 member Board of Directors. The J.S.C.A. Board meets once a month to set policy and determine Jericho's direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 8. The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number. For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email

Weekly Safety Tip - Running Out of Gas: Evening Wind Shut Off

  As the sun sets a couple of minutes earlier each day (2029H this evening), we'd like to remind sailor's and windsurfers that your fuel (wind) typically runs dry in the hour preceeding sunset. Sailors: remember your paddle(s) and don't sail further away from Jericho than you would want to have to paddle back.



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

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 $3,800 to Ross. Thank you and please keep the donations coming.

Summer Social Media Contest

Did you ever want to know the wind forecast before coming down for a sail? Do you like getting updates from the Centre of our goings-on or view photos from our awesome events? We'd love to share our world of sailing/paddling with you!


Like our Facebook Page (Jericho Sailing Centre) or Follow Us on Twitter

(@JerichoSailing) and you will be entered in our Summer Social Media Contest to win a Jericho Prize Pack!

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. 

Coming Up - SPECIAL EVENTS @ Jericho Sailing Centre

       September 7 & 8          Tasar BC's


September 14 & 15      UBC Invitational Regatta 


September 22              Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up


October 6/13/20            Penguin Cup Racing


October 20                   JSCA Volunteer Appreciation and Racing Awards Dinner


November 8/9/10          Canadian University Match Racing Championships

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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