Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationOctober 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 October 16, 2014 and beyond:
In This Issue
Penguin Cup Racing
Kudos 2 JSCA Volunteers
JSCA Notice of AGM
Winter Launch Log
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Penguin Cup Racing Series - Last 1 of 2014 Sunday @ 1230H



Penguin Cup Racing Series  19 @ 1230H


Annual Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to follow at 1700H.


Tix $10 Jericho Office

President Chris Stairs Thanks the Volunteers of Jericho



o        Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not.  ~Dr. Seuss

o        You don't have to be a talking frog to make a difference.  We all have talents and gifts we can share with others. ~ Kermitt the Frog


You know, I did try.  Honestly.  I sat staring at this blank page for an hour  trying to write something original, both witty and profound.   Something appropriate to celebrate the incredible efforts of our many volunteers at JSCA.  A few inspiring words to share on Volunteer Recognition Night, this Sunday, October 19, 2014.  But who can top the worldly wisdom of a talking frog?  Certainly not I. 


 Still, it's important that we all collectively take a moment to think on and thank everything our JSCA volunteers do for us each year.  Whether supporting Jericho Rescue, cleaning up the yard, supporting our major events calendar, managing its many regattas, or serving on the Board of Directors, the JSCA society would not be commemorating 40 strong years of community service if it weren't for the hard work and dedication of individual members who do what they can to make our aquatic home-on-the-water that much more special.


 So the next time you see a volunteer working in the yard, or launching a Rescue vessel, be sure to say thanks.  Offer them a hot coffee after a cold shift on the water.  And think how you might be able to share a few more hours of your own.  If time is not a currency you have in abundance, than a "fiver" in the Rescue jar (as only one example) will go a long way to keeping our Rescue Team well equipped.  Every hour and every dollar makes a big difference for any not-for-profit.  Ours is no exception.  Hats off to our volunteers!


o        The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.  ~Oscar Wilde

o        I am only one, but still I AM one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do SOMETHING.  And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I CAN DO! ~ Hellen Keller


 Chris Stairs, President

Jericho Sailing Centre Association


Racing Awards & Volunteer Appreciation Dinner                October 19




All members are invited to attend the annual JSCA Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, October 19 at 1700H. Tickets are $10 and available in the JSCA office up until Saturday, October 18. There will be a slideshow presentation and awards bestowed upon our notable racers and volunteers. As our way of showing appreciation for our volunteers, they receive complementary tickets. If you volunteered for the JSCA in 2014 and haven't received your invitation please contact the JSCA office.

AGM Tuesday, October 21





Jericho Sailing Centre Association

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Tuesday October 21


The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 41st Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2013/2014 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.


Seven JSCA members put their hats in the ring for the election to the JSCA Board of Directors at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. As there are seven seats available; President Chris Stairs, Treasurer Brian Hunt, Programs Chair Andy Hunt and Fundraising Chair Jeri Griffiths, will all continue on; and the board will welcome new members: Claire Nicol, James Kennedy and Chad Larson.

Cold Weather Safety & Winter Launch Log

 The transition from summer to fall brings cooler air and water temperatures which can increase the risk of hypothermia. Fewer craft on the water decrease the chances of you being seen in the event of a distress situation. Pre-launch checks and safety float plans should be part of your routine everytime you launch but they become more critical in the colder months. Vancouver is the California of Canada and ocean recreation can be enjoyed year round with the appropriate safety precautions. Things you can do to minimize risk on the water in colder temperatures include:
  • Dress for cold water immersion: wetsuits, drysuits, and other coldwater attire are required.
  • Fog-is frequent this time of year; do not launch into or get caught out in it.
  • Darkness-be aware of earlier sunsets and get off the water well before it. Jericho Sailing Centre's ocean gates are locked at dusk.
  • Flares-have them on board and make sure you know how to use them and they are not expired.
  • Pre-launch Check-equipment about to fail is best discovered on land rather than on the sea.
  • Safety Float Plan-let friends and/or relatives know your float plan; when you are launching; where you are going ; and when you are returning; and notify them when you are back on land. In addition, fill out the Winter Launch Log in the Jericho Sailing Centre office. 

Cover Photo Cred


Thanks to Janet McKeown for sending us this "gull's eye" view of the Jericho Sailing Centre.

October Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be open 0900H-Sunset on weekends Only. The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1830H. 

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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