Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationOctober 17, 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 October 17, 2013 and beyond:
In This Issue
Penguin Cup Racing
Volunteer Appreciation
Safety Your Responsibility
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THIS SUNDAY @ Jericho - Penguin Cup Racing Series - Last 1 of 2013

Penguin Cup Racing Series

Last Race of 2013  
October 20
@1230H ~ 1330H

Racing awards dinner to follow @ 1700H  tickets $10
(must be purchased in advance)


THIS SUNDAY - Come Celebrate Our Volunteers & Notable Sail Racers


All members are invited to attend the annual JSCA Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, October 20 at 1700H. Tickets are $10 and available in the JSCA office up until Saturday, October 19. There will be a slideshow presentation and awards bestowed upon our notable racers and volunteers. As our way of showing appreciation for our volunteers, they receive complementary tickets. If you volunteered for the JSCA in 2013 and haven't received your invitation please contact the JSCA office.

Volunteers Putting Sand Back on the Beach


It took us all summer to get it there, but thanks anyway to   Locarno Sailing Club members: Trevor Broatch, Jillian Morgan, Barbara Holley and Louise Morrin for desandifying the windsurfing/kayaking/rowing area in the east end of the compound.


A gritty job, but somebodys got to do it; many thanks!


Thanks to Robert Holley for sending us this photo.

40th JSCA AGM Next Tuesday


On Tuesday, October 22 at 1900H, members of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association will gather at their 40th Annual General Meeting to review the year gone by and consider the future course of their unique organization.


The AGM is the time to take stock, consider the state of the union, consider how well the JSCA is carrying out its mission to meet the needs of the people it serves and to discuss future direction. Members of the JSCA Board will report on our organizations accomplishments over the past year and challenges for the future. Nine members will be elected to the 15 member JSCA Board. All members of the JSCA are encouraged to attend and participate in their ocean access community centre's AGM.

Ten JSCA members put their hats in the ring for the election of JSCA Board of Directors at the 2013 Annual General Meeting. Eight seats are available for a two year term. The candidate with the ninth most votes will be elected to a one year term. A list of candidates and a brief statement from each are available for viewing on our website at : 


All current JSCA members are entitled to vote at the AGM. Please bring your 2013 JSCA Membership Card or other valid picture identification to register for a ballot. Each candidate will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves at the start of the meeting and answer any questions from the members present.


2014 - JSCA Turns 40

  The Jericho Sailing Centre Association was incorporated in 1974 to manage and develop a facility, or facilities, for small sailboats and other non-motor powered craft and related activities in Vancouver. Over the past 40 years the Jericho Sailing Centre has evolved into a unique, world class, ocean recreation facility. Throughout 2014, we will blow our own horn to celebrate Vancouvers low cost, high accessible ocean community centre on the shore of Jericho Beach. Event planning is in the works over the next couple of months, but in the meantime we are asking members, former members, family and friends to send us historic photos such as this 1980 gem of Friedrich Buxbaum windsurfing just west of the Jerico Pier with his niece Shannon.

Annual JSCA Fleet Planning Meeting                                                   November 26 @ 1900H




Racers, whatever your class, this is the meeting where we lay out the first draft of the 2014 JSCA Event Schedule. If you have an idea for an event, or how we can make racing programs better, come to this meeting, share your ideas and help us plan for a successful 2014.

Jericho Pier Undergoing Repairs                                                   


There will be no public access to the Jericho Pier for the next 2 months or so as it is closed for repairs. Damaged pilings and support beams are being replaced. Much of the damage has occurred over a long period of time. More damage was sustained during last December's neap tide storm which caused a log boom out in the Strait to break up, sending wave powered logs battering into it.

October Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be open 0900H-Sunset on weekends weather permitting, through to the end of November.



Windsure Aventure Sports will be open weekends 0900H-Dusk; weather depending, through October 27. RSVP recommended.



The JSCA Office will be open 0930-1800H though October 20; and, 0930-1730H through the end of October; regardless of the weather. Members are encouraged to sign in the Winter Launch Log in the office prior to launching.

Winter Launch Log




Members who launch from the Jericho Sailing Centre at this time of year are encouraged to stop in at the Jericho office and fill out the Winter Launch Log which outlines your float plan to let people here know you are out there. 

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. 

Batten Down the Hatches! More Pacific Storms Heading Our Way

Every "off season" vicious wind storms rip through the Jericho Sailing Centre compound looking for loose tarps, boat covers and poorly stowed gear. When they find a loose tarp they can turn a docile hibernating boat into a flying projectile which can cause damage to neighbouring craft. Members are responsible for ensuring they have "battened down the hatches" on their equipment stored at the Jericho Sailing Centre. If your boat causes damage to neighbouring craft you can be held liable. We encourage you to check your craft regularly year round (particularly before & after gnarly windstorms), remove any parts or equipment that can be easily removed (most thefts occur between Oct.-April) and make sure water doesn't collect inside your hull (if it freezes and expands it can cause major damage).



(Long-time Jericho Hobie sailor Clayton Sprung has asked us to remind all cat sailors that removing your tramp for the winter is not only prudent preventative maintenance - your tramp will last much longer - but a boat without the tramp installed will provide less wind resistance in the face of a tempest.)

Coming Up - EVENTS @ Jericho Sailing Centre

October 20                     Penguin Cup Racing


October 20                     JSCA Volunteer Appreciation and Racing Awards Dinner


        October 22                     JSCA Annual General Meeting      


November 8/9/10            Canadian University Match Racing Championships


November 26                 2014 Annual JSCA Fleet Planning Meeting

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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