Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationFebruary 13, 2014
in the wind
Serving Vancouver's Ocean
Community for 40 Years 
February 13, 2014
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 February 13, 2014 and beyond:
In This Issue
Logo Design Contest
JSCA Planning Meeting
2014 Event Schedule
Safety Your Responsibility
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UBC Sailing Club Collegiate Cup Regatta

Sailing teams from University of Victoria, Western Washington University and the University of Puget Sound decended upon the Jericho Sailing Centre last weekend to wage a winter sea battle against the host UBC Sailing Team in the 2014 UBC Sailing Club Collegiate Cup Regatta.


Patience paid off on Saturday afternoon as the belated breeze freshened to 8 knots and Regatta PRO Andy Hunt was able to milk it for 12 races. Patience did not pay off on Sunday, leaving competitors and organizers alike, to reflect upon the glassy sea.






For complete regatta results, scull over to:


























UBC Sailing Team Admiral & Collegiate Regatta Chair Landon Gardner demonstrates his innovative wind generation technique.

40th Anniversary Logo Design Contest

Behold the very first entry in the JSCA 40th Anniversary Logo Design Contest. We are looking for a design to be used for promotion that reflects the Jericho Sailing Centre, our ocean recreation activities, and/or our distinctively Vancouver setting. The winning entry will receive SUP lessons, dinner for 2 at the Galley Patio & Grill and the admiration of fellow members. Entries will be received up until February 24 with the winner announced by Feb. 28. All entries become property of the JSCA. 

Photos From the Pacific North West ORCA Outrigger Race January 25




Thanks to the Jericho Outrigger Canoe Club for sending us these great photos taken by Roger Pimenta of their PNWORCA Race out of the Jericho Sailing Centre on January 25, 2014.





2014 JSCA Invoices Sent - Early Payment Discount Extended to Feb. 17

By now you should have received your invoice for 2014 JSCA Membership and Storage fees, sent in January. (The invoices are not due until April 1, however, you will receive a 2% discount if you pay before February 15 (now extended to Feb. 17).


For your convenience Visa or MasterCard payments can be made over the phone (604)224-4566. If you haven't received your email invoice please contact the office asap.

If you are not planning to renew with us in 2014 please notify the office when you vacate (prior to March 31) so that we may assign your space to another member.

If you sell your craft and wish to transfer your space to the new owner you must inform the office in writing.

JSCA Planning Committee Meeting         February 25

The JSCA Planning Committee is inviting all members to the next meeting on Tuesday, February 25 at 1900H. The purpose of our Planning Committee is to provide a structure for the on-going function and development of the physical plant of Jericho Sailing Centre Association. Our current 5 Year Strategic Plan "Navigating Towards 2015" expires next year and the Planning Committee is welcoming member input to help develop the next 5 year plan which will take us to 2020. If you are unable to attend the meeting written suggestions are also welcome.

JSCA Operations Committee Meeting         March 5

The next meeting of the JSCA Operations Committee has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 5 at 1830H in the Sailor's Lounge of the Jericho Sailing Centre. The primary focus of the agenda will be planning changes in the kayak, SUP, windsurfing rack storage area (in red square below); to replace aging racks and reconfigure the layout to improve efficient use of space.



If you would like input but are unable to attend the meeting please send your suggestions by reply email. If you would like to discuss this further prior to the meeting, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Vancouver International Boat Show Rewind

Thanks to all of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association members who helped crew our display booth at the Vancouver International Boat Show in January!

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. 

February Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be open 0900H-Sunset on weekends, weather permitting.



The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1730H through February. 


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

Ocean Schools @ Jericho Sailing Centre 

Jericho Sailing Centre school programs commence in April. Dinghy Sailing, windsurfing, ocean kayaking and SUP

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






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.
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