Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJune 25, 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 25, 2014 and beyond:
In This Issue
40th Anniversary
English Bay Safety Seminar
Jericho Folk Club
Safety Your Responsibility
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Rock Party Beach Clean-up                                                                                                                          This Saturday June 28



















Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to our May 31 & June 14 Low Tide Beach Clean-up workparties. 


In just over 1 week this beach will once again be covered with paddlers and boats for the 2014 MEC Paddlefest. We're inviting everyone, and particulary Vancouver's paddling community, to participate in a shoreline clean-up.





Please show your paddling community spirit by participating:  



June 28 @ 1230H



Bring suitable footwear; the Jericho Sailing Centre will supply gloves, tools wheelbarrows, drinking water & bandaids.



Jericho Racing - Canada Day Double Header, eh!

  Canada Day falls on a Tuesday this year and the Jericho Sailing Centre will conduct our regular Tuesday Nite Racing program at 1815H in addition to a bonus race session during the day between 1230H-1530H.











Backwind: 2014 Navy League of Canada Regatta Last Weekend a success!

 BC Mainland Division of the Navy League is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Navy League Regatta @ Jericho:  Master Seaman Kaitlynn Govender and Petty Officer Second Class Olivia Olikhovski.  Both Sea Cadets are from RCSCC Fraser, based on Annacis Island in Delta.  Race day was the 21st of June, the first day of Summer at the Jericho Sailing Centre, part of the Vancouver Parks Board.  The weather was sublime with blue skies, a little cirrus, moderate winds  and around 20 degrees.  Fleet racing was the order of the day, box lunches were served at midday and barbecued hamburgers were served at the end of the day along with the awards ceremony.  Officials were supplied by the Jericho Sailing Centre, officers were from the Lower Mainland Sail Centre, part of the Regional Cadet Support Unit.  Transport for most cadets was by parents or screened volunteers and some of the local cadets came by bicycle and bus.  For the very first time, a crew of Navy League Cadets was participating....they placed higher than some Sea Cadets.






Special thanks goes out to the British Columbia Supercargoes' Association for generous financial support.  Thanks to Port Metro Vancouver for help with the race-paks and to the Central Fraser Valley Branch for the use of their Echoes.  Of course, there were volunteers everywhere, including the officials from Jericho, officers and senior non-commissioned officers from local Corps in the Lower Mainland, parents and NL volunteers who drove from places like distant Nelson and Kamlooops.  Bev Lovell, the BCMD Secretary, did heroic work shopping at Costco, making sandwiches and serving hamburgers.  Dave Landry and John Nosotti were available for all the odd jobs.  Above all, Lt(N) Andrew Kerr was the driving force behind almost everything that happened on this first day of Summer.  Mike Cotter, General Manager at Jericho, was a treasure trove of good advice and a great resource for sailing "stuff".





 The attached images show that everybody did indeed have a great time.



Capt David Hood


BC Mainland Division                        

Navy League of Canada  

   Thanks to Captain David Hood for all of his tremendous efforts and for providing us with thesepics as well as our cover photo.

July 5 - Cake & Wake:

Celebrating Jericho Sailing Centre's 40th Anniversary

Live music, balloons, clowns, a BBQ, cake and wake: the Jericho Sailing Centre is celebrating 40 years as Vancouver's ocean community centre on Saturday, July 5, 2014; 1100-1730H; and everyone is invited to this family friendly, face painting, ice cream eating, wave lapping, ocean festival.


Prior to 1974 there was no such thing as a community centre dedicated to low cost ocean recreation in small, naturally powered craft; in Vancouver, or anywhere. As DND Base Jericho Beach was being demolished and Jericho Beach Park was evolving through the concrete cracks, a small group of passionate dinghy sailors shared their ocean community, non-taxpayer funded, vision with the city to save the former Jericho Beach Air Station's Marine Building from the wrecking ball. The City thought it a good idea at the time and since then, many thousands of people each year have enjoyed the Jericho Sailing Centre.


A tiny beach space in front of our building meant that sailors often took beach breaks to the east of the Centre on the other side of Hanger 6 close to the Jericho swim beach

 Climb onboard for live music, balloons & BBQ at 1100H in the Jericho Sailing Centre's plaza/picnic area just east of the main building. Check out sailing, paddling and rowing programs available through the Jericho Sailing Centre and see all the activity on the sea. We'll start cutting cake and drawing prizes at 1300H including airfares from Harbour Air and gift cards from MEC. Then we'll hear from special guests including Point Grey MP Joyce Murray and Jericho's Park Board Commissioner Liaison Trevor Loke. Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Constance Barnes will also attend. Her father, former MLA Emory Barnes, was quick to recognize that a low cost ocean community centre may have a future in a city named after a sailor, and was a featured dignitary at the official launch of the Jericho Sailing Centre 40 years ago. Jericho's own, Disabled Sailing Association Founder, former Vancouver Mayor, and current MLA Sam Sullivan will be among our honoured guests to dedicate one of 2 new Jericho Rescue boats purchased with the assistance of a Provincial Gaming Grant. The music and seaside community atmosphere plays on until 1730H.


Our 30' balsa core catamaran "Albatross" was built in the late 1970's with volunteer labour ably assisted by rowing shell designer/builder Chris Haas.







For more information on Vancouver's ocean community centre or the Jericho Sailing Centre's 40th Anniversary celebration please contact Mike Cotter in the JSCA office.


July 5 Schedule @ Jericho Sailing Centre

0900H                                    2014 MEC Paddlefest begins

1100H                                    40th Anniversary Celebration begins

1300H                                    Special guests and Jericho Rescue boat dedication

1700H                                    MEC Paddlefest ends

1730H                                    40th Anniversary Celebration concludes

We are looking for JSCA members to volunteer during our celebration; we'll buy you a BBQ lunch. 
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:

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: 

Seaside Greenway Party                                                            July 5 

Mark the date and come celebrate the completion of one of Vancouver's best public realm treasures on Saturday July 5 from 11 am - 3 pm. 

 The Seaside Greenway that connects downtown's Seawall and False Creek with Jericho Beach is ready to be biked, walked, or rolled - and may the best costume win!  There will be music, food, kids crafts, games and more along the route and especially closer to Jericho Beach. Bring your decorated bikes, kids and picnic baskets! 

Wavechaser Paddle Series                                   Next One Thursday July 3 
Wavechaser Paddle Series races are held 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 membership). 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.


Red Bull Around the Strait                                                                                                                                   July 12


  Attention Catamaran Sailors:  


The Red Bull Around the Strait is just around the corner.  This fantastic event will showcase our sport in a new and exciting format.  Having Catamaran Sailing presented in a Red Bull format is a very positive step for our sport,  lets come together and support this event and show Red Bull that Catamaran Sailing belongs on their radar!  Did I mention there is a Hull Flying Event!  There will be tonnes of prizes, an event shirt, great BBQ and Cash prizing for the winner.  This is an 18yrs+ event. 


Registration is Online only!  Please Register here soon as spots will fill quickly

Facebook Link: Please like and support


FREE - English Bay Safety Seminar                                                                  Next One July 21

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


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 Racing - Sunday Racing this Weekend:

 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.











Swift Solo/Musto Skiff
North American Championships
July 6-12
Red Bull Around the Strait
July 12
2014 Pacific Coast 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. 

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:

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

Calling All Rowers!

 For those rowers who would like to expand their Coastal Rowing experience!  For any of these, don't worry about experience, just if you have an interest - let's figure something out!


I am interested in organizing a trip to Washington State to participate in an Coastal Rowing/Open Water Regatta there.  There are quite a few dates to choose from so if you are interested please email me and we will start from there.


Rowing / Camping experience! For those rowers who might be interested in a rowing/camping trip...let's get together and see what we can come up with!


Also, ClubLocarno is planning an Open Water/Coastal Rowing Regatta in August and if anyone would like to participate in the planning, more heads welcome!


Please contact Jennifer Weterings

July 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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