Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationApril 16, 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 April 16, 2014 and beyond:
In This Issue
Open House
2014 Event Schedule
Learn to Row
Thursday Paddling
40th Anniversary
Committee Meetings
Safety Your Responsibility
Join our Mailing List!

Season Opening Sailpast May 10

SOS for Vancouver's Rubber Clad Sea Mammals 

 Prior to succeeding in the battle of Trafalgar, one of history's most decisive sail powered sea battles, the English fleet sailed past their flagship, HMS Victory, and saluted Admiral Lord Nelson. The sail past tradition has continued through the centuries, for good luck & favourable weather, among sailing fleets throughout the world, to this day. Although in Vancouver, we do it just a little bit differently.


At the Jericho Sailing Centre all small, naturally powered craft skippers & crew are welcome to our annual SOS-Season Opening Sailpast on Saturday, May 10 from 1300-1400H. Ocean kayakers, SUPers, rowers, outriggerers, windsurfers, dinghy sailor's (Mono-hullers & multi-hullers alike): every commonly occurring, rubber clad, Vancouver sea mammal is invited to participate.


 Prior to the beginning of Vancouver's prime ocean recreation season, English Bay's sustainable energy fleets will sail, paddle and row past the Jericho Sailing Centre's flagship Albatross and salute the Jericho Sailing Centre Association's Admiral Chris Stairs, and his entourage of dignitaries including Point Grey MLA David Eby and Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Trevor Loke.




 If you are a Vancouver sea mammal, plan to join us for the JSCA's 40th anniversary SOS to ensure good luck and favourable weather throughout your 2014 rowing, paddling and/or dinghy sailing season. 

Come View Vancouver Sea Mammals in their Natural Environment

Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE Saturday, May 10


Ocean kayakers, rowers, stand-up paddlers, and outrigger canoeists. Dinghy sailors, cat sailors, windsurfers and sailing canoers. The Jericho Sailing Centre has released countless schools of Vancouver sea mammals from landlubber captivity into English Bay, over the past 40 years. Millions of low cost, highly accessible, non-taxpayer funded, recycled military facility, launches from Jericho Beach by the dwellers of this city named after a prominent seafarer: it's a local sea mammal tradition that goes back thousands of years, to the first inhabitants of this area.


Bring your crew to the 40th anniversary Jericho Sailing Centre Open House on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from Noon-1600H to see how easily you can get closer to your oceanic nature and make the transformation from landlubber to sea mammal through Jericho's ocean access programs, facilities and services.

Jericho Racing - Penguin Cup Racing  THIS SUNDAY

The Penguin Cup Racing Series concludes this Sunday, April 20.


Jericho Sailing Centre's weekly racing series commence with the first Sunday Race on May 4 @ 1230H followed by the first Tuesday Nite Race on May 6 @ 1815H.


Racers are reminded that all competitors must be properly dressed for cold water conditions and that early season racing is not necessarily recommended for inexperienced sailors. Anyone interested in learning to race is encouraged to sign up for the Rookie Racing Seminar on June 22 @ 0930H.


For a complete event schedule barge over to:

Send Us Your Photos

We're looking for Jericho Style photos to promote the Jericho Sailing Centre and related activities through our newsletter and website. Please send your favourites via return email.
Thanks to Shannon and Gary for sending us our cover photo from last Sunday of their sons Ocean & Sky celebrating Ocean's 8th birthday with his new SUP paddle. The future of SUP looks great!
 Thanks to Russ Brown for sending us these photos from last weekend's Flights of Spring Regatta at Jericho.

Join the Jericho Rescue Team


The Jericho Rescue Team is looking for current JSCA members who are experienced sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and/or rowers and are interested in developing their seamanship and water safety skills, to volunteer to assist their fellow boaters. The Jericho Rescue Team provides safety and rescue support for all on-water events facilitated by the JSCA. This year our Rescue Team members will provide safety and rescue coverage for the over 80 on-water event days on our 2014 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted on April 26 & 27. We provide training in water safety and seamanship, boat handling, boat rescue and first aid. Course graduates must complete ongoing Rescue Team training including the Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, VHF Radio Licence, emergency first aid and CPR Certification (all provided). If you are interested please contact Andrei or Mike in the Jericho office to discuss your qualification for this program.

FREE - English Bay Safety Seminars Commencing April 28

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 potential "sea disasters" over the past 40 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 April 28, May 5, June 2 & 23, July 21 or August 18. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.


2014 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

The 2014 event schedule is on our website Google Calendar at:


Jericho Sailing Centre - School Sign-ups in April

 Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing/SUP and Ocean Kayaking Schools at the Jericho Sailing Centre are busy filling their lesson schedules throughout April. For full Season Pass, Rental or Lesson information and registration click the link below:


Dinghy Sailing                      

Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling

Ocean Kayaking                  


Jericho Sailing Centre - Sign Up With Our Affiliated Clubs

 One of the best ways to enjoy recreational ocean access on Vancouver's largest playground is to join one of the community based clubs based out of the Jericho Sailing Centre. These low cost, not for profit, volunteer driven organizations provide a wide variety of boat access and training programs for dinghy sailing, paddling, windsurfing, SUP and rowing programs as well as social opportunities. Clubs looking for new crew include:






Club Locarno -       



Viking Sailing Club -


Discovery Sailing Club -


For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to

NEW - ClubLocarno Now Offering Ocean Rowing Lessons to the Public 



























Ever thought of trying open ocean rowing but didn't want to shell out to join a rowing club? Low cost open ocean rowing lessons are now available at the Jericho Sailing Centre through ClubLocarno. For more info, scull over to:


Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho Coming in June


April Service Hours @ Jericho

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



The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1830H through April. 


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

40th Anniversary Celebration July 5


The Jericho Sailing Centre is celebrating 40 years as Vancouver's ocean community centre and we are planning a celebration on Saturday, July 5, 2014 we hope you can attend. Details are still being worked out but the event will include the annual MEC Paddlefest, dedication of the new Jericho Rescue Boat, on the water activities including a demonstration by the Disabled Sailing Association of BC. More details to come... 
JSCA President David Hendry and MLA Emery Barnes at the official launch of the Jericho Sailing Centre
We'll be looking for volunteers and welcoming everyone to participate on that day. If you are interested in helping to plan and organize our event you are invited to join our Committee meetings on May 12 and June 9 at 1730H. For more info please contact Mike in the JSCA office.

JSCA Planning Committee Meeting                            May 5

The JSCA Planning Committee is inviting all members to the next meeting on Monday, May 5 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.


The Committee will be reviewing planning priorities for the JSCA including: compound raising, leveling and enhancement; foreshore planning including enhancing accessibility for people with disabilitie; building improvements and sustainability projects.


If you are unable to attend the meeting written suggestions are also welcome.

JSCA Special Operations Committee Meeting           May 7

A special meeting of the JSCA Operations Committee has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 7 at 1900H in the Surf & Turf Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre. The primary focus of the agenda will a review of the JSCA Craft Storage Policy: particularly as it relates to cost of premium storage within the Jericho Sailing Centre building.


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 High Schools on the High Seas @ Jericho

Helly Hansen High School Regatta

                                                May 24, 25, Jericho Sailing Centre

                                                Hosted by:   MacSailing, JSCA and KYC


Intercollegiate Style Regatta

  • A, B and C Divisions - minimum 6 sailors (crew substitutions allowed)
  • Boats supplied - Pirates, 420s and Stand-up Paddle Boards (SUP)
  • The will be a minimum of one SUP relay race and SUP racing will be scheduled if there is no wind
  • Co-ed teams are encouraged
  • One member of each school team consents to wear a GoPro while racing



Information will be available via the MacSailing Facebook site and website in early April


To enter teams must:

  • Post a team photo on the MacSailing and Helly Hansen Facebook Sites
  • Post an Instagram of their favourite photos on 'Sail Vancouver'
  • Appoint a 'team captain' for social media
  • Post team photos in full sailing gear during the regatta
  • Hashtags will be provided by MacSailing and Helly Hansen


Prizes - Courtesy of Helly Hansen

  • Prizes include a limited number of 'HH jackets' and numerous 'HH base layer shirts'
  • Prizes will be awarded for participation in Social Media
  • The number of prizes will increase with the number of teams and social media participation


Entry Fee

  • $ 120 per school
  • Schools that attend MacSailing for lessons in the spring of 2014 will receive a $ 20 discount
  • Regatta fee includes lunch for six sailors each day


Spring Practice Coaching Opportunity for Coaches


CANSail Certified coaches that come to MacSailing with a group from their school will be able to:

  • Lead the class as a member of the coaching team assigned to the session
  • High school PE classes or groups usually come for 3 hr sessions at a cost of $ 30 per person                     604-224-7245           

Sirius Wilderness First Aid Courses @ Jericho

Sirius Wilderness Medicine will be offering 2 courses at Jericho Sailing Center in June.

For more than 20 years, Sirius Wilderness Medicine has been a leader in wilderness first aid training, risk management and medical support services.

Wilderness First aid 20h May 31 - June 1

This is a practical course designed for individuals working on remote sites or participating in outdoor activities within hours of medical assistance. This course provides participants with an introduction to wilderness first aid, with an emphasis on practical skills, decision making and dealing with environmental conditions.

Topics Covered

Patient assessment, shock, wound management, burns, fractures and sprains, environmental injuries, common medical problems, first aid kits.

Advanced Wilderness First Aid. 40h June 4-7

This course has become a minimum standard for outdoor professionals who work in a wilderness setting. Course content extends far beyond urban-based first aid programs to include elements inherent in working on remote sites beyond the reach of Emergency Medical Services.

Topics Covered

WFA theory and practice, with a special emphasis on accident scene management, group leadership, rescuer responsibility and liability, prevention of injuries, advanced first aid kits, wound management and managing the trauma victim.

For more information and registration please go to


Pay Parking Now in Effect @ Jericho

Pay Parking is now in effect in Jericho Beach Park through October 31. Hourly rates increase a quarter to $3.25; daily rates increase a loonie to $11. Season parking passes are available through EasyPark for $83.


To apply for a parking pass

Go to

Select monthly/season parking

Select Apply online

Lot Number = #69 Jericho

Select start month (April) and date (1)

Category of parking = season pass

Fill out the form and send

Easy Park staff will contact you for payment.


Your other option is to go to the Easy Park office at 209 - 700 West Pender Street.   They will issue your parking pass while you wait.

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:
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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