Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationDecember 11, 2013
SEASon's Greetings from Jericho
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 December 11, 2013 and beyond:
In This Issue
Ocean 4 Xmas
Vancouver Boat Show
2014 Event Schedule
Safety Your Responsibility
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Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films - "Stand"


The Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films and the Vancouver Aquarium are teaming up again for a special presentation of Stand on December 16th, 2013.


This evening will feature not only the full length award winning documentary film, but the audience will have a unique opportunity to meet the extraordinary film makers and adventurers that made this film possible and hear their behind the scene stories.


Stand is a visually spectacular and emotionally gripping film that that follows local stand up paddling adventurer Norm Hann as he paddles the length of Haida Gwaii. This stunning documentary showcases the West Coast of British Columbia and what is at stake from the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline tanker route. For more information on the film, please


This screening will be at the Vancouver Aquarium's 4D theatre at 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30) December 16th. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance by

Extend Your SEASon's Greetings into 2014

Give the Ocean for Christmas 

 Dinghy Sailing, windsurfing, ocean kayaking and SUP

lesson, rental and season pass gift certificates are available through Jericho Sailing Centre's affiliated schools:






Join Jericho @ the 2014 Vancouver Boat Show January 22-26 

The 2014 Vancouver Boat Show will take place from January 22-26, at BC Place Stadium. The JSCA will have an informational display at the show and is looking for JSCA member volunteers to crew our booth. It's a great way to meet your fellow members, spread the good word about the Jericho Sailing Centre and gain free admission to the show.



The show hours are 1100H-2100H Wednesday; 1000H-1900H on Thursday; 1100H-2100H on Friday; 1000-2100 on Saturday; and, 1000H-1700H on Sunday. We are looking for volunteers for two hour shifts. Volunteers will receive free admission to the show. To sign up email Holly at . For more info on the 2014 Vancouver Boat Show, showboat your mouse over to .



2014 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

The 2014 event schedule is now up onour website Google Calendar at:


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. 

December Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be closed through to January 17 and will open 0900H-Sunset on weekends, weather permitting, commencing January 18 2014.



The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1630H through December 23. We'll close at Noon on December 24 and re-open January 2 at 0930H. If you require access to our facility during this time please visit us during office hours to purchase a member key.


Members are encouraged to sign in the Winter Launch Log during office hours prior to launching.

Cold Water Recreation

There are many people, particularly Stand Up Paddlers, launching from Jericho Beach these days who are new to cold water ocean recreation. Here are some things they must know about:

Appropriate Attire - Dress for Cold Water Immersion

The water temperature is well below the level where it is safe to recreate without a proper (no shorties) wetsuit or drysuit. People who get into serious trouble at this time of year have often made the mistake of dressing for the air temperature not the water temperature, which is fine until something goes wrong and they suddenly find themselves immersed in the water.


Use Your Head
Significant heat loss is through your head. When you consider that hypothermia is the most significant danger experienced ocean recreationalists face and a neoprene cowling cost $15 at MEC, you don't need a calculator to do the math. A wool toque or hat will also work quite well.


Always Stay with Your Craft
When a sailing dinghy, windsurfer or kayak capsizes they are usually within a couple of swim strokes of their crew. Some craft, particularly SUP's and surf skis, require a safety leash (in good condition and properly attached) as they can easily get away in a capsize situation. Never leave your craft in an emergency situation as it is far easier to spot than a person in the water.

Use the Buddy System

Always sail, paddle, row with someone else, especially in cold water conditions. Let a reliable friend or relative know when and where you are going and when you expect to return. Diligently contact them upon your safe return. If you are launching from Jericho Beach stop in at the JSCA office to let us know when and where you are going and when you expect to return.

Be Aware of Sunset

Recently, JSCA staff have witnessed people launching within a few minutes of sunset. This is a dangerous practice. If something goes wrong for you: equipment failure; changing conditions; fatigue, etc., you are very difficult to find in the dark. Make sure your safety float plan includes plenty of time to get off of the water before sunset.


Here is a link provided by our member Stefan from UBC of his favourite cold water education site:

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.)
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.

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.

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