Jericho Sailing Centre Association

April 15, 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 April 15, 2015 and beyond:
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This Weekend @ Flights of Spring Regatta




The first sailing regatta of the season at Jericho is this weekend as the annual Flights of Spring Regatta takes off April 18 & 19. For more info. check out the Notice of Race on our website.

Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up - Jericho This Saturday




Come show your favourite beach space some love this Saturday morning from 1000H to Noon. The Jericho Sailing Centre will provide gloves tools & water for refreshment; you can bring durable, low tide foot wear (no sandals) and your ocean friendly spirit.

UBC Sailing Club Annual Windsurfing Swap






WINDSURFING SWAP MEET! Hosted by UBC Sailing Club this Saturday April 18th, 1400H at the Jericho Sailing Centre - come bring your gear to sell, look for deals or just socialize!

Wild About Vancouver Festival


English Bay Safety Seminar

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 41 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 April 20, May 4, June 1 & 22, July 20 or August 17. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner's Pants are on Fire!

This Pollution Response Vessel CCE 735 formerly based at Kits CCG Station remained on a dock in Richmond until after Fred Moxey referred to it in the media last Friday. On the weekend it suddenly appeared beside the spill source ship and an image was featured in a Coast Guard Commissioner Tweet saying "We're on it"

On Monday, Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner, Jodi Thomas, stated at an oil spill press conference in Vancouver that Kitsilano Coast Guard Station was mainly a search and rescue facility and would not have made any difference in the spill response. Of course Commissioner Thomas, who spearheaded the closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in 2013, knows full well this is not true, she is just in damage control mode and expects the dim witted ocean folk of Vancouver to be dazzled by the bright shiny brass buttons on her uniform and to swallow this obvious falsehood hook, line and sinker.


Many times over the years from the vantage point of the Jericho Sailing Centre, supported by overheard VHF radio communications, we witnessed the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station respond to the spills which inevitably happen in world class seaports. The truth is exactly as retired former Kits Station Commander Fred Moxey has stated; trained crews from Kitsilano would have taken six minutes to respond. The cutter Osprey was equipped with a skimmer and oil/pollution holding tank and would have been on scene to have timely, direct contact with the recreational boater who made the initial call. The station was equipped with 300 metres of self-inflating boom and a PRV (Pollution Response Vessel) which could have kept this spill from spreading and reaching Vancouver's shoreline. Instead, according to the Coast Guard, although they were notified at 1710H on April 8, they did not "activate" the spill clean-up contractor until 2006H which then took until 0533H on April 9 to surround the spill source ship-not "world class" and not good enough to prevent significant environmental damage to our marine playground.


This spill was deja-vu all over again, reminiscent in volume and cause to a similar "accidental discharge" from an anchored ship about 10 years ago in English Bay which never had a chance to spread widely or reach Vancouver's shoreline because of the rapid response of the Kitsilano Coast Coast Guard Station. These spills have happened in the past and they will continue to happen in the future -we need that quality of response returned to Vancouver immediately.


When Commissioner Thomas tells Vancouverites that crews have contained 80% of the spill (which they still don't know the size of) with a world class response, take it with a grain of salt.

Vancouver Spill Update

To date the only sign of the April 8 English Bay bunker oil spill in the vicinity of Jericho has been oil soaked waterfowl who have sought refuge in the Jericho ponds. We suggest users of the Jericho Sailing Centre stay south of the anchored ships and keep an eye out for signs of the spill on the sea surface. If you see any signs of the spill please try to get an approximate position and report it to the Canadian Coast Guard. The Jericho Sailing Centre office will be glad to assist you in reporting.

Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE

Bring your crew to the Jericho Sailing Centre Open House on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from Noon-1600H to see how easily you can get closer to your oceanic nature and make the transformation from landlubber to sea mammal through Jericho's ocean access programs, facilities and services.

Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series Coming in May!

The 2015 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series kicks off Thursday May 21st then every 2nd Thursday after with the finale on Saturday September 5th at 11am. We're looking forward to building off the 2014 season which ending with growing participation of paddlers in all eventsFor more info paddle over to the Wavechaser webpage. 

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 are up and running for the 2015 season. Dinghy Sailing, windsurfing, ocean kayaking and SUP lesson, rental and season pass gift certificates are available through Jericho Sailing Centre's affiliated schools:








Pay Parking Now in Effect - Season Passes Available thru Easypark

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:


April Service Hours @ Jericho

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



The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1930H through April. 


Ettiquette: On bringing Your Own Food Into a Restaurant....

JSCA Members are encouraged to enjoy their own food and non-alcoholic beverages in the Jericho Sailing Centre's picnic areas, on our rooftop deck, or within the Member's Lounge. The deck space, including the elevated Member's Only section, is for patrons of the Galley Patio & Grill only. There is no alcohol permitted within the Jericho Sailing Centre outside of our licenced Galley premises with the exception of approved permitted events hosted by JSCA affiliated clubs.

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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