Jericho Sailing Centre Association

March 11, 2015

in the wind
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 March 11, 2015 and beyond:
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2015 JSCA Fees Due by April 1 - Late Fees Commence April 2

A reminder that your 2015 JSCA Membership and Storage fees are due April 1, 2015. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, debit or credit in person during office hours 0930-1900H 7 days a week. Credit card payments can be made by phone (604) 224-4566.

Please don't pay late! A late fee of $30 will apply to fees paid between April 2-30; a $60 late fee will be applied to late payments received during the month of May, and after that things go from bad to worse and your ship could end up on the craggy rocks of our annual bailiff auction. If you are planning not to store your craft at the Jericho Sailing Centre this year please ensure that you vacate by March 31 and notify the JSCA office so we may bring boats in from our waiting list. Bailiff Auction of unpaid craft July 18 @ Noon.


Jericho Sailing Centre Volunteer Workparties Saturdays @ 1100H

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup: April 18 @ 1100H

International Paddling Film Festival Coming to Vancouver


The Sea Kayak Association of BC presents the 10th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at Langara College,A130 Theatre 100 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (2 blocks E of Langara - 49th Ave SkyTrain)

Friday, March 27, 2015 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30 pm).


The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international film tour presenting the world's best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year on screens in 100-plus cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.


With 23 inspiring paddling films short-listed for the World Tour, including the ten festival category winners, audiences can expect to see stand-up paddle surfing, hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, headwaters canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life.


With the $15 (advance) or $17 (at door) ticket to our Reel Paddling Film Festival screening our audience receives free digital subscriptions to Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler magazines, a $39 value. In addition there will be super door prizes and a silent auction supported by generous local businesses!


Proceeds from the event are to be donated to BC Marine Trails Network Association, working to bring paddlers and small boaters wonderful, secure BC coastal recreation destinations for generations to come.


Audiences can expect to see many great films; a list will be posted 10 days ahead of the event at


For tickets and information please go to or call Nick Heath, SKABC Membership volunteer at 604 417-3447.


Sign Up With Jericho Sailing Centre 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. Clubs looking for new crew include:





ClubLocarno -


UBC Sailing Club-


Viking Sailing Club -


Jericho Paddling Club-


Discovery Sailing Club -


For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to

Ocean Schools @ Jericho Sailing Centre 

Jericho Sailing Centre school programs commence in April. Dinghy Sailing, windsurfing, ocean kayaking and SUP lesson, rental and season pass gift certificates are available through Jericho Sailing Centre's affiliated schools:






2015 Sail Racing Season @ Jericho kicks off March 29




















The 2015 Jericho Sail Racing season kicks off on Sunday, March 29 with the first Penguin Cup Race at 1230H. The Penguin Cup Racing Series continues on April 5 & 12.

The first open sailing regatta of the season is the annual Flights of Spring Regatta April 18 & 19.

Jericho Sailing Centre's weekly racing series commence with the first Sunday Race on May 3 @ 1230H followed by the first Tuesday Nite Race on May 5 @ 1815H.

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 28 @ 0930H.

For a complete event schedule barge over to:

Pay Parking Commences April 1

Purchase your Season Pass Now

To apply for a parking pass

A pass for the season (April 1 - September 30) is $83

Go to

Select seasonal/annual parking

Select Apply for a season pass

Lot Number = #69 Jericho

Requested Start Date: April 1, 2015

Category of parking = season pass

Select number of stalls required

Fill out the form and send. You can pay online with a credit card.

Easy Park will mail the pass to you or you can pick it up at their office.


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. Parking passes are not available through the Jericho Sailing Centre office.

2015 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

The 2015 JSCA event schedule is now up onour website Google Calendar at:


Winter Launch Log




Members who launch from the Jericho Sailing Centre at this time of year are encouraged to stop in at the Jericho office and fill out the Winter Launch Log which outlines your float plan to let people here know you are out there. 

March Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill is open 0900H-Sunset on weekends, weather permitting.



The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1900H through March. 


Members are encouraged to sign in the Winter Launch Log during office hours prior to launching.

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:
JSCA Members - Join the Jericho Rescue Team 






















The Jericho Rescue Team is looking for current JSCA members who are experienced sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and/or rowers and are interested in developing their seamanship and water safety skills, to volunteer to assist their fellow boaters. The Jericho Rescue Team provides safety and rescue support for all on-water events facilitated by the JSCA. This year our Rescue Team members will provide safety and rescue coverage for the over 90 on-water event days on our 2015 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted on April 25 & 26. We provide training in water safety and seamanship, boat handling, boat rescue and first aid. Course graduates must complete ongoing Rescue Team training including the Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, VHF Radio Licence, emergency first aid and CPR Certification (all provided). If you are interested please contact Andrei or Mike in the Jericho office to discuss your qualification for this program.

Jericho Rescue Team Scores as RosterBot's "Team of the Month"! 


Thanks to the the innovative thinking of JSCA's Safety Committee Chair, Benoit Sonrel, the Jericho Rescue Team now coordinates our 40 member volunteer crew with RosterBot, an online service which more traditionally serves hockey and other sports teams. The Crew from RosterBot wanted to take a closer look at our unique team so they came down for a visit and spin around the bay last week; here is their take on our program:

Thanks to Colin & Aimee for showing us Rosterbot's sea legs.

Baby Your Boat - Season Opener PROMO from ATD Composites

Give your loved one a 'new' boat for as little $199!  We do "Extreme BOAT MAKEOVERS," and guaranteed REPAIRS please visit our website for Before and After photos!


Contact us for a free estimate at (604)355-0559,  or


Because we are insured, registered and WorksafeBC (worker's comp) compliant not only are you are protected from liability, but we can also offer our guaranteed repairs/restorals on boats at any marina. 



Thank you and see you around the sailing centre.
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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