Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJuly 30, 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 July 30, 2014 and beyond:
In This Issue
Wavechaser Paddle Series
English Bay Safety Seminar
Jericho Folk Club
Safety Your Responsibility
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"Be Sea" Day Long Weekend @ Jericho 

There is something distinctive about life here on the left coast of Canada, in this province of British Columbia, that easily inspires people to follow their noses down along the salt scented Pacific air beach path, to mess around in boats at the liquidly source of all life- it is our very essence.


It's not something that started in this generation or the last, or even in the time since British Columbia first boarded the good ship Canada in 1871. As long as people have lived near these sand swept, rock reinforced Pacific Ocean shorelines they have felt an intimate connection with the sea and nowhere is this more apparent today than at the Jericho Sailing Centre.


From the relatively landlocked hub bubs of Toronto, Montreal and other Canadian population centers it's hard for non-Pacific inhabitants of our country to imagine we BC left "Coasters" without sandals, surf shorts, super shades, sunscreen, sun tanned skin and hair blowing in the wind, well bent on a good time at the beach. (Perhaps the leading catalyst for Easterners who jump ship west). On BC Day the beach is where many of us will "be".


If the weather fits the long range forecast for our provincial holiday ( and for the real Jericho junkies even if it doesn't), the waves of English Bay will be streaked with the wakes of a thousand tiny ship trips launched from Jericho Beach out of Vancouver's low cost ocean community centre. The kayak, rowboat, sailing dinghy, windsurfer, stand-up paddleboard, skim board, SUP or other naturally powered craft you command could be among that holiday flotilla.


This Monday make plans to exercise your "Be Sea" essence. Live it up to the beat of the provincial motto "Splendor without Diminishment", throw on your surf shorts and sandals, slap on some sunscreen and your shades, turn your back to the east with a smile and come celebrate BC Day at the Jericho Sailing Centre.


2014 Celebration of Light Fireworks                                                                                             July 30 & August 2

  The second and third shows of the annual Celebration of Light fireworks takes place this Saturday over English Bay. If fireworks turn you on, "Celebration" is a perfect accent to three Vancouver mid-summer night eves right in the sweet spot of summer. The fireworks are best viewed from English Bay Beach. Kits Beach offers a next best view with Jericho accommodating the cheap seats - distant view but easier parking and disembarking when the show ends. Seating at the Jericho Patio and Grill is tough to find after 2030H. The rooftop deck will be open to members & their accompanying guests (60 maximum) with security in place to enforce no alcohol or smoking. The remaining show dates are July 30 and August 2; Start time 2200H.



For more information on the Celebration of Light switch on their website at: 

Extreme Marine Hazard: Celebration of Light Fireworks

One of the most dangerous situations for operators of small water craft in Vancouver occurs at the conclusion of each Celebration of Light fireworks show. Hundreds of powerboats are hastily heading for home in all different directions and the sea surface is filled with crossing boat chop on waves. Lights from boats and downtown reflect everywhere and a kayak, canoe, rowboat or other small vessel is almost impossible to see, even if the power vessel Skipper hasn't been drinking, and in some cases, he has.

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association advises our members and other small, naturally powered craft to not put themselves in this vulnerable position. If you choose to be out there, please remember that the Coast Guard and other safety boats will have their hands full and may not even be able to locate your craft within the boating frenzy if you need them. Also remember, that you the Skipper, as always, are solely responsible for your safety and that of your crew.

Wavechaser Paddle Series                                   This Thursday July 31 
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 for guests, 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.
July 31, August 14 & 28


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Trailer Jailer: Move it or Lose it!






 The Jericho Sailing Centre Storage Policy prohibits the storage of trailers, other than those kept under member boats - we simply don't have space. Our Storage Manager has identified 5 rogue trailers in the compound and is in the process of seizing them under the Warehouse Lien Act and locking them up. If you own such a trailer please remove it immediately. Once seized, loock-up and bailiff fees will apply.


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.











F18 Rumrunners Regatta
August 9 & 10
Tasar BC's
September 6 & 7
UBC Invitational Regatta
September 13 & 14



For a complete Jericho event schedule barge over to:

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:

Vancouver SUP Challenge                                                                                                             August 16



 Get ready for some fun, action packed stand up paddle racing off of beautiful Jericho Beach in picturesque Vancouver. Challenge yourself against the top riders in the 14ft or 12ft6in category or enter the any board/anybody OPEN division. Next watch all the up and coming young stars in the KIDS RACE!


If you want more the SPRINT will get your heart rate up and down in less than 2 minutes. The (mostly for fun) THREE PERSON MIXED RELAY is last and super fun to be in and watch at the same time. Don't forget to practice your bouy turns and beach run as there will be a few of those.





The Champion of the Vancouver SUP Challenge is the combined top score of distance and sprint; and must also compete in  the relay. Yes the surf tunes will be playing, the BBQ will be awesome and you will meet someone cool you did not know. Remember if you are not here you're somewhere else!


For more info and to register, round that bouy to:

FREE - English Bay Safety Seminar                                                                  Next One August 18

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 August 18. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.


Ring Around Passage                                                                                                             August 23



Vancouver Aquarium's VanAqua Community Program Coming to Jericho August 24 


Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan, presented by BC Hydro and BG Group, makes a splash at the Jericho Sailing Centre on August 24 from 1000H-1400H with live animals from marine habitats of British Columbia's coast. Touch a sea star, examine a hermit crab and discover the connections between aquatic life, the environment and ourselves.

Living Waters

  • Interactive and educational displays of British Columbia's invertebrates, fish, sharks and marine mammals fascinate all ages.
  • A 200-litre mobile touch table that lets you get up-close with cold-water marine invertebrates and fish.
  • Artifacts and our AquaVan team help to make this educational experience FUN for the whole family!

Led by Vancouver Aquarium Educators, this flexible program offers unique educational experiences for all ages. 

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 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:

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. 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

August 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. 

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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