Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMay 7, 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 May 7, 2014 and beyond:
In This Issue
Open House
2014 Event Schedule
Learn to Row
Thursday Paddling
40th Anniversary
Safety Your Responsibility
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     McNeil Secondary's Incentive Program

20 Years Schooling Sea Mammals

Martin Elliott (left) with MacSailing Instructor Zach Messman, May 7, 2014

Long time JSCA member Martin Elliot has been bringing his McNeil Secondary Incentive Program students to the Jericho Sailing Centre for 20 years now.


Martin has enjoyed dinghy sailing since he was a young guppy and has thoroughly enjoyed transforming hundreds of his landlubber students into dinghy sailors, windsurfers, ocean kayaker, and SUPers at the Jericho Sailing Centre.











Martin is retiring at the end of this school year and hopes to spend more time sailing his Enterprise dinghy which he has stored at the Jericho Sailing Centre for decades.


Congratulations Martin!



Season Opening Sailpast THIS SATURDAY May 10

SOS for Vancouver's Sea Mammal Populace 

If you are a Vancouver sea mammal:  ocean kayaker, SUPer, rower, outriggerer, windsurfer, dinghy sailor, cat sailor, whale, dolphin, sea otter, seal or porpoise; plan to join us for the Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 40th anniversary "SOS" Season Opening Sailpast .


The Jericho Sailing Centre welcomes all small, naturally powered craft skippers, crew and other creatures of the sea to our annual version of the centuries old maritime tradition on Saturday, May 10 from 1300-1400H. 


  English Bay's sustainable energy fleets will sail, paddle, row and flipper their way past the Jericho Sailing Centre's flagship Albatross to salute the Jericho Sailing Centre Association's "Admiral" Chris Stairs, and his entourage of dignitaries including Point Grey MLA David Eby, Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Trevor Loke and 2014 Park Board Candidate Brent Granby.










To ensure good luck and favourable weather for all of your 2014 rowing, paddling and/or dinghy sailing oddysseys, please plan to participate.



After the SOS Sailpast......

Sunset Beach Protest Flotilla 


For those marine mammals who may be interested, we've received the following invite from the organizers of the #NoEnbridge Pipeline Rally:    



"Boats, kayaks, and other watercraft are encouraged to show support for the movement to protect our coast from oil tankers by sailing to Sunset Beach between 2PM and 5PM on May 10th.


WHAT: #NoEnbridge Rally
WHEN: 2PM, Saturday, May 10th
WHERE: Sunset Beach, Vancouver

SAVE THE DATE - MAY 10th #NoEnbridge Pipeline Rally

The Harper government could rubber-stamp the Enbridge pipeline in a matter of weeks. On May 10th, thousands will rally at Sunset Beach to let the government know BC will never allow the pipeline and tanker project to be built."


For more info. oilslick your mouse over to #NoEnbridge

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 family, friends, neighbours, co-workers and aquaintances to the 40th anniversary Jericho Sailing Centre Open House on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from Noon-1600H to see how easily they can get closer to our oceanic nature and make the transformation from landlubber to sea mammal through Jericho's ocean access programs, facilities and services.
Volunteers Wanted
We're looking for knowledgable JSCA members to help out with the Open House as Walmart Greeter-type guides, balloon inflaters, decorators and various sundry duties. Contact us via reply email.

Jericho Open House Engine Overhaul - Evolution Sails Spring Tune-up




During the Open House on May 10 Jason Fanjoy from Evolution Sails Vancouver will put on a seminar at the Jericho Sailing Centre 1400H-1600H. He will be talking about sail care, sail maintenance and re-cuts. He will also pick up any sails that need to be repaired and/or re-cut. For more info tack over to


Jericho Racing - THIS SUNDAY & Every Tuesday through September 9

 The Jericho Sailing Centre's weekly racing series are in full stride with Sunday Racing @ 1230H  on every non-regatta Sunday through to August 31. Tuesday Nite Racing runs every Tuesday @ 1815H into September.


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:

JOCC's Jericho Iron Classic                                                           May 24 & 25



JERICHO IRON CLASSIC - May 24 & 25, 2014

Welcome to the 22nd Annual Jericho Iron Classic.
We look forward to lots of paddlers, lots of prizes, great food and fantastic racing.

Also, join us Sunday the small boat races - OC1, OC2, Surfski, SUP.



For more info. hut, hut, ho over to:  2014 JOCC Iron 

FREE - English Bay Safety Seminar                                                                  Next One June 2

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 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.  







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:


Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series

formerly "Thursday Nite Paddling @ Jericho"             Coming in June

Tired of racing your open ocean craft in flat water and looking for a place to chill and swap stories after a race-then why not try the Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series (JWPS)?
Jericho is one of the best locations to paddle in the lower mainland, if not North America. Discover what a lot of paddlers have already discovered. The Jericho scene is vibrant, picturesque, and can reward you with actual wave chasing! It has ample parking, a sandy beach launch, hot showers, and best of all, beer on the best deck to watch a summer sunset.
We will have paddle pros out on most nights that will gladly provide feedback and critique, plus we will replay a video of the race in the members lounge after each race. The Jericho Outrigger Canoe club will also be there with a barbeque. Still not convinced? This is a non-profit race and therefore the cost is a mere $5 bucks. If you are a Jericho Sailing Centre Association member ($96 annual membership) then you get to participate for free!
The local members of Kauai Outrigger will be on hand and have graciously offered to help the Jericho Sailing Centre make the series fun and challenging for all levels of paddler. There will be a short course and a long course and there will be a safety boat on the water to ensure the series is safe plus to video the race. What more can we say other than enjoy the summer paddling wherever you decide, paddle well, and paddle safe.

May 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 0930-2030H starting May 5 through the end of May. 

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.

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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