Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJune 11, 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 June 11, 2014 and beyond:
In This Issue
Beach Clean-up
Rooftop Yoga
Launch Dollies R 4 Launching
Jericho Folk Club
World Oceans Day
Safety Your Responsibility
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Homolsom Rock: The Legend of Point Grey

 Local ancient legend says that it was once a Great Tyee, ruler of the Salish Sea, the Tyee of the West Wind, original ornery resident of  Point Grey; and his storms and tempests were so mighty that the Sagalie Tyee Himself could not control the havoc he created. He warred upon all fishing craft, demolished canoes, and sent men to graves in the sea "See how powerful I am, how mighty, how strong; I am as great as you" he brashly proclaimed to the skies.


The Sagalie Tyee Himself, not surprisingly irked by such defiance, came in the persons of the Four Men in the great canoe up over the rim of the Pacific, in that age thousands of years ago when they turned evil into stone and the kindly into trees.


 ``Now,' said the god of the west wind, 'I can show you how great I am, I shall blow a tempest that these men may not land on my coast. I shall wreck them and send their bodies into the great deeps, and I shall be Sagalie Tyee in their place and ruler of all the world. `` And he huffed, and he puffed and he tried to blow that great canoe down. But the canoe containing the Four Men rode upright through all the heights and hollows of the seething ocean. No curling crest or sullen depth could wreck that magic craft, for the hearts it bore were filled with kindness for the human race and kindness cannot die.


All his mighty forces, the Tyee of the West Wind, now brought to bear against the oncoming canoe; but the canoe came nearer and nearer, as invincible as those shores. As the bow touched the land the Four Men rose and commanded the West Wind to cease his war-cry. His voice trembled and sobbed itself into a gentle breeze, then fell to a whispering note, then faded to exquisite silence.


The Four Men in the great canoe acknowledged the West Wind too great a god for the Sagalie Tyee to obliterate forever but determined that he should live on from that day, in this place, SW of what we now call Point Grey, steeping in the Salish Sea off Wreck Beach, as a stone filled with good medicine; which ancient people named Homolsom Rock; to serve, not hinder mankind: and for thousands upon thousands of years to come, those who touch the former Tyee of the West Wind with their paddle-blade shall have their desire of a breeze to carry them home.


Homolsom Rock: solid geographical evidence that Vancouver paddler's rock, have always rocked, and will always rock, off of Point Grey.


"in the wind" wishes to profoundly apologize to Pauline Johnson and her many admirers for the preceding pirating, & editorial butchering of her work which can be more properly and fully appreciated at:

July 5 - Wake & Cake:

Come Celebrate Jericho Sailing Centre's 40th Anniversary 

Live music, balloons, clowns, a BBQ and cake: the Jericho Sailing Centre is celebrating 40 years as Vancouver's ocean community centre on Saturday, July 5, 2014; and you are invited.
The day begins at 0900H with the opening of the 2014 MEC Paddlefest in the new Jericho Beach area. Live music, balloons and a BBQ climb onboard in our plaza/picnic area just east of the main building at 1100H. At 1300H we'll hear some words from local dignitaries including our MP Joyce Murray, our Park Board Commisioner Liaison Trevour Loke, and Park Board Commissioner Constance Barnes whose late father, MLA Emory Barnes, recognized that a low cost ocean community centre may have a future, and was a featured dignitary at the official launch of the Jericho Sailing Centre 40 years ago. Disabled Sailing Association Founder, former Vancouver Mayor, and current MLA Sam Sullivan will be among our honoured guests and help us dedicate one of 2 new Jericho Rescue boats purchased with the assistance of a Provincial Gaming Grant. We'll start cutting cake at 1330H and start drawing prizes including 2 airfares for two from Harbour Air.

We are looking for JSCA members to volunteer with our celebration and welcoming everyone to participate on that day. We are still looking for sponsors to provide draw prizes  For more info please contact Mike in the JSCA office.
Thanks to our great draw prize sponsors, we still have room for more:
Join us for the legendary Homolsom Rock Run              June 19
For thousands of years people have paddled the ocean around Point Grey and legend has it that SW of the Point is a great rock full of powerful medicine which was once the Tyee/god of the West Wind. Paddlers who touch the stone with their blade will always have the wind in their favour when returning home. On June 19, the longest Thursday of the year, we welcome Vancouver's paddling community to join the Wavechaser Paddle Series as we rekindle the legend.
Wavechaser Paddle Series races are every 2nd Thursday (between the Big Chops) starting at 7pm. Registration can be done in person at the Jericho Sailing Centre office anytime between 9:30- 6:45 on race day or online @ . The entrance fee is $5 or free for JSCA Members (new members welcome $96 annual). There will be a short course and a long course each evening accompanied by a safety boat, with video replay and paddle pros onhand in the Sailor's Lounge after racing. Many thanks to our event sponsors for providing ample draw prizes.


Send Us Your Photos                                                   

Thanks to Mark Drozda for sending us these and our cover photo of a blustery day at Jericho on Monday, when several windsurfers were forced to call in sick with the 25 knot flu. 



"Hello, Boss? My throat is sore,

I think I'm coming down with something."

"I know its windy, Maryam, why don't you take today off?"

"Best boss ever!" 
























Shannon was a little green around the gills too;

nothing a little SUP surfing on sweet swells couldn't fix.



MEC Paddlefest                                                                                  July 5 






You can go for a test paddle, participate in a hands-on skills clinic, browse exhibitor's booths, and hunt for deals at the MEC Paddleswap. There'll also be live performances, entertainment, food vendors and kids' activities. Bring your friends and family, and come celebrate the fun of floating!


For full event info., paddle over to: 

Volunteers Wanted for Frolicking in the Mucky Muck!

Low Tide Beach Clean-up                                                                                          June 14


Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to our May 31 workparty. Show your community spirt by participating in the next one: 



June 14 @ 1230H


Bring suitable footwear; we supply gloves, tools wheelbarrows, drinking water & bandaids.



Paddle the Adventure: Round Bowen Challenge

The 14th Annual Round Bowen Challenge will be held Sunday, June 15th, 2014!
Please note that the previously posted date has been changed.
The Round Bowen Challenge is a 32 kilometre race around Bowen Island, British Columbia, open to kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards and outriggers as solo or relay team members. For more info stroke over to:


Rooftop Yoga @ Jericho                                                                              Thursday Mornings



Come enjoy the serenity of the early morning with Yoga on the Rooftop of the Jericho Sailing Centre.  Hatha-based yoga, focusing on breath, attunement, and the joy of movement. Suitable for all levels and open to the public.

Bring your own yoga mat and dress in layers.


Thursday mornings (commencing June 5), 7:30-8:45am 
rooftop deck of the Jericho Sailing Centre 

1300 Discovery St.

In case of rain, class will be moved to the Surf 'n Turf room in the Centre.



Cost: $10 drop-in


Instructor: Jen Labelle (200hr YTT certified)


For more info. please contact instructor at:




Jericho Sailing Centre Etiquette: Launch Dollies

Good form: launch dollies when not in use stored on fence
JSCA boat launch dollies are for
LAUNCHING ONLY and not for     
Bad form: launch dolly not in use stored under boat.
storage. Please be considerate of your fellow members and return dollies to the fence immediately after use.

Jericho Racing - Sunday Racing this Weekend: Father's Day-Take Dad Racing!

 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.











Navy League Regatta
June 21
Swift Solo/Musto Skiff
North American Championships
July 6-12
Red Bull Around the Strait
July 12
Canadian Laser Masters Championships
July 18-20
F18 Rumrunners Regatta
August 9 & 10




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:

Dave Thomas Racing Clinic                                                                                      July 8

Former Canadian Olympic Sailing Team Coach and MacSailing School Co-owner Dave Thomas will conduct a Sail Racing Clinic on Tuesday, July 8. There will be a pre-race Skipper's Meeting at 1730H. First start will be 1815H. Races will be videotaped and we'll all come back to the Burrard Room for an extensive photogenic debrief and to buy the Coach beers. 

FREE - English Bay Safety Seminar                                                                  Next One June 23

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 23, July 21 or August 18. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.


Jericho Folk Club Every Tuesday Evening Through September



Sea shantys and folk music fill the air around the Jericho Sailing Centre every Tuesday evening from 1930H. Everyone welcome.


For your listening pleasure tune in to:

World Oceans Day Event                                                                                                               June 11


What does the ocean mean to you?  What are marine protected areas? What can we do to help protect the ocean we love?

This interactive, dialogue-based event will explore the diverse parts of the B.C. coast that need protecting, the role of marine protected areas and how your actions can help protect the coast.  Ocean experts from the David Suzuki Foundation, Living Oceans Society and World Wildlife Fund will share maps, stories and expertise, as well as hear from you and answer your questions.



Jodi Stark is a public engagement specialist at the David Suzuki Foundation.  She has worked on conservation of Canada's west coast for over a decade and believes in the shared First Nations and scientific notion that everything is connected and interdependent. Her work with the David Suzuki Foundation is focused on providing opportunities for meaningful actions that people can take to protect the oceans we love.



Linda Nowlan is the regional conservation director for WWF-Canada, and is excited about the upcoming "Protect the Great Bear Sea" campaign, which will  raise awareness and ultimately increase protection for BC's spectacular ocean.



Karin Bodtker is Director of Mapping and Analysis at Living Oceans Society where she has been using mapping (GIS) technology to analyze and illustrate marine conservation issues since 2007. Karin has a science background but enjoys the challenge of using maps to tell stories about our interactions with and dependence upon the oceans.


Time: June 11th, 7:00-8:30

Location: David Eby, MLA Vancouver-Point Grey, Constituency office, 2909 West Broadway, Vancouver


2014 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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


Jericho Sailing Centre - School Sign-ups in June

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


Dinghy Sailing                      

Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling

Ocean Kayaking                  


                                                  *NEW* Open Ocean Rowing          http://www.clublocarno



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 stationed at 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

June 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 0930-2100H. 

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.

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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