Jericho Sailing Centre Association

April 29, 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 29, 2015 and beyond:
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Shannon Bell - Jericho's Home Grown SUPer Paddler

Stand Up Paddling is the fastest growing sport in the world and the Jericho Sailing Centre is home port to one of the world's top SUP competitors. A longtime Vancouver Beach Lifeguard who has competed in World Lifesaving Championships, Shannon Bell developed her paddling skills with the JSCA affiliated Jericho Outrigger Canoe Club (recently renamed Jericho Paddling Club ) enjoying success as a member of the ladies OC6 (6 person outrigger) team, OC1's & OC2's, and surf skis. Shannon is now rising through the international ranks to become one of the top competitors on the women's SUP racing circuit. Among her many successful SUP events, Shannon won Bronze at the International Surfing Association Championships in 2013, won the Canadian Championship that same year; won the Northern California Women's Championship, San Francisco's Battle of the Bay and Vancouver SUP Challenge in 2014; and just this past weekend, came in 10th at the Carolina Cup, propelling her into the top 10 in the world SUP rankings. Shannon is a member of Team Canada for the upcoming International Surfing Association World Championships in Mexico, May 10-17th. On top of all of this, Shannon is one of the nicest people you will ever meet at sea level, always quick to share a smile or a paddling tip. When Shannon is not competing, guarding Vancouver beaches or paddling for pure enjoyment she instructs first aid & CPR. Shannon is mother to two more up and coming SUPer stars; sons, Ocean & Sky, and is married to another Vancouver Beach Lifeguard & SUP competitor, Mr. Shannon Bell, aka Gary Parsons, Head Guard at Jericho Beach.


Look for Shannon and her entire family to be competing at the Jericho Sailing Centre for the

2015 Vancouver SUP Challenge on August 15.



Shannon with her Family fresh after becoming the Queen of Kalamalka Women's SUP Champion 


Follow international SUP racing at: 


Many thanks to Lech Dolecki for the use of the photo above & our cover photo. Check out more of Lech's outstanding work on:

Lech's SUPer Images 


Shannon is actively seeking sponsors to help support her phenominal racing career. Anyone interested in finding out more can stroke over to:

Sponsor Shannon 

TRAFFIC ADVISORY- Roads to Jericho Closed

Sunday, MAY 3 0930-1230H - BMO Marathon

Discovery Street, the road coming in to the Jericho Sailing Centre, will be closed to vehicle traffic between 0930H-1230H on Sunday, May 3. Many other routes that Jericho users use to get to the centre will also be closed for a portion of that day. For a complete list of road closures and times, jog over to:

Weekly Sunday/Tuesday Racing Starts This Weekend



Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays@ 1230H
May 3-September 6
Tuesday Racing
Every Tuesday @ 1815H
May 5-September 8
Rookie Racing Seminar
June 28 @ 0900H - register at the Jericho office


For a complete event schedule barge over to: 


Thanks to Frank Wen for the use of this photo. Check out more on Frank's Flickr Gallery!

Register for Sunday & Tuesday Racing

If you race in Jericho's Tuesday and Sunday series events, your results are shown by sail number for each race, but to be scored in the overall series results you have to register your name. Registration has been simplified for 2015. If you haven't registered you will see a "Register" button where your name should be in the race results. Click the button beside your sail number and you go to a login page. Login has been changed - select a Jericho member year and then enter the last 4 digits of the Windline phone number for that year. This will take you to the registration form. Select your name from the list, or enter it if it isn't on the list, click Enter, and you're done.

A couple of things are new. You can now use the registration form to register for the whole 2015 season, using a radio button beside the list of names. If you enter a name that is similar to a name that is already on the list (such as Bartlet, when Bartlett is already on the list), you should be prompted to confirm that you really want to enter the new name.

If you sail a two person boat, you can register both people on the same form. If you only register one person, the results will show that name plus a register button, as a reminder that one person still has to register.

The "Add or remove a competitor" button is still available, under the results, and it works the same way it did last year. You can use it to correct or delete a registration if necessary.

Hopefully these changes will make it easier for JSCA members to register and be scored in the Jericho Sunday or Tuesday series.

Results and registration are at


Scoring Laser Radials in Sunday and Tuesday Racing

Until this season, we haven't been able to score Laser Standards and Radials separately (unless Radials had a separate start) in Sunday and Tuesday racing. Now, if you sail a Radial in a Sunday or Tuesday night Jericho Series race, you can be scored as a Radial.

To be scored as a Radial when all Lasers have the same start, go to the results, find your boat, click the down arrow beside "Laser", select "Radial" from the list, and click Go. (You will be asked to login - select a JSCA member year and then enter the last 4 digits of the Windline phone number for that year.) You will now be scored as a Radial in the Series results for that event. If you always sail a Radial with the same sail number, register your sail number as a Laser Radial for the season and you will automatically be scored as a Radial in all Series events.

If you sail a Laser Standard, you don't have to do anything - you will be scored as a Standard. (If for any reason the results show you scored as a Radial, you can use the down arrow and the list to change to Laser Standard.)

Series results will be calculated for all Lasers, Laser Standards only, and Laser Radials only.

Results and registration are at .

Habitat '76 - Historical Jane's Walk @ Jericho  THIS SUNDAY

This tour, on Sunday, May 3 at 1400H, unearths the history of Habitat Forum, a major public event at Jericho Beach that was part of the UN Habitat Conference on Human Settlements held in Vancouver in 1976. This was the largest UN conference that had ever been held, and it was the founding conference of UN Habitat. The Forum was the NGO and public component, and it attracted a who's who of international thinkers on cities and society including Margaret Mead, Buckminster Fuller, Paolo Soleri, Pierre and Margaret Trudeau and many others. 5 vintage WWI-era seaplane hangars (which were once situated adjacent to the building now housing the Jericho Sailing Centre) had been beautifully refurbished for the Forum by thousands of volunteers, architects and craftspeople, providing beautiful conference amphitheatres, meeting rooms and social spaces. Despite public outcry, all of the hangars were burned down or demolished by 1980. This walking tour is therefore a tour of nothing, though traces of Habitat Forum remain if you know where to look. During a meandering walk around the site, the talk will also briefly touch on the fascinating history of the old seaplane base. For more information see. 




English Bay Safety Seminar                          Next One May 4

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

Jericho Folk Club Returns from Hibernation Tues, May 5


The Jericho Folk Club meets Tuesday evenings from May through September in the Surf & Turf Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, BC.

Admission $10. Doors Open 7:15, Open Stage Acts 7:45, Feature Act 9:00. Fiddle tunes jamming before and between acts.

New this year: once a month there will be a double feature running from 8:00-10:00. There will be no open stage on these evenings.

For more information strum your acoustical mouse over to: 

Rooftop Yoga @ Jericho Sailing Centre with Marni

For beginners to advanced, teens and beyond


Four 6-week sessions on offer

(week of 11 May - 24 June)
Monday             6:30 - 7:15a.m.

Monday             7:30 - 8:15am

Wednesday       6:30 - 7:15a.m.

Wednesday       7:30 - 8:15am

One 6-week session: $72


5-week session

(week of 11 May - 24 June)

Wednesdays      4 - 4:45pm OR 5- 5:45pm

One 5-week session: $60

*(no class on 10 June)


Minimum of 4 enthusiasts to run a particular class.

Drop-in fee $16/class.

To register please email


 Marni Harris is a certified yoga instructor, indoor cycling instructor, and personal trainer. She has lived and worked abroad in Central, South, North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She is a lifelong sports enthusiast who has been passionately coaching, training, and competing in a variety of sports for many years. Marni believes in family, community, education, spirited play, and art-filled living. She recently moved from Ottawa to Vancouver where she plans to continue to coach, instruct, encourage and motivate enthusiasts of all ages to get and/or stay active and fit. 

Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE             Saturday, May 9

Ocean kayakers, rowers, stand-up paddlers, and outrigger canoeists. Dinghy sailors, cat sailors, windsurfers and sailing canoers. The Jericho Sailing Centre has released countless schools of Vancouver sea mammals from landlubber captivity into English Bay, over the past 41 years. Millions of low cost, highly accessible, non-taxpayer funded, recycled military facility, launches from Jericho Beach by the dwellers of this city named after a prominent seafarer: it's a local sea mammal tradition that goes back thousands of years, to the first inhabitants of this area.


Bring your family, friends, neighbours, co-workers and aquaintances to the Jericho Sailing Centre Open House on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from Noon-1600H to see how easily they can get closer to our oceanic nature and make the transformation from landlubber to sea mammal through Jericho's vast variety of ocean access programs, facilities and services.
Volunteers Wanted
We're looking for knowledgable JSCA members to help out with the Open House as Walmart Greeter-type guides, balloon inflaters, decorators and various sundry duties. Contact us via reply email.

S.O.S Season Opening Sailpast                                 May 9

The first sail past launched from Jericho Beach may have taken place almost three thousand years ago when original inhabitants of this area set their canoes into the Salish sea and left their village behind to discover, hunt, trade and/or pillage.

The next sail past from Jericho Beach will be on Saturday, May 9, 2015. All JSCA members are invited to carry on this longstanding tradition. Sail, paddle, windsurf, row - whatever you like to do here, come out and do it on Saturday, May 9 between 1300H and 1400H.

The SOS is important to you to ensure that all of your ocean excursions this season are blessed with favourable weather. The SOS is also an important part of the Jericho OPEN HOUSE as it gives our visiting landlubbers an opportunity to see the Jericho Sailing Centre's resident sea mammal population (kayakers, sailors, windsurfers, rowers, dinghy sailors, SUP'er and other assorted paddlers) in their natural environment.

English Bay Spill Kitsilano Coast Guard Station - Update 

After the JSCA's open letter to MP James Moore was widely reported last week, CKNW reporter Shane Woodford questioned Canadian Coast Guard Asst. Commissioner Girouard who was forced to concede that the vessel in the pictures was indeed stationed at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station; but he qualified his admission with further misleading statements. He claimed that the station was equipped with a "miniscule" amount of boom and that the crews were not trained. These claims were quickly refuted by former CCG Captain Tony Toxopeus who was the Environmental Response Officer at Kits Station and Sea Island, and the person most familiar with the spill response equipment and crew training at Kits. Check out this interview with Tony CKNW Shane Woodford April 22 2015 .
It is very difficult to have any confidence in anything Canadian Coast Guard management is telling people in Vancouver; from the actual amount of bunker C fuel spilled, to the completion of the clean-up - the area between the First Narrows and the outer harbour limit (between Points Grey & Atkinson) is still closed to fishing - for such a small spill? They seem steadfast in defending their decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station to save $700K a year. I wonder if the Federal Government had it to do over again, if they wouldn't consider it a wiser investment. Still waiting to hear back from Mr. Moore; more next week. 
This today from the CBC  Spill Response an Embarrassment

Unifor Rally to protest closing of Coast Guard Stations

DATE: Wednesday May 6th, 2015

TIME: Noon to 1pm

LOCATION: former Kitsilano Coast Guard Station -  foot of Whyte Avenue in Vancouver

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

A fresh fleet of ClubLocarno guppies get their first sailing lesson

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:






Companionway Sailing Club -


ClubLocarno -


UBC Sailing Club-


Viking Sailing Club -


Jericho Paddling Club-


Discovery Sailing Club -



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


Come meet our club representatives at the Jericho Sailing Centre

OPEN HOUSE May 9, Noon-1600H

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:








2015 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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


May Service Hours @ Jericho

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



The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-2030H through May. 


Have you Seen Our Rowing Shell Dolly?

 A well marked ClubLocarno Seitech rowing shell dolly, similar to the one pictured here, has gone missing in action 2 weeks ago. Anyone with information on its whereabouts is asked to contact


Safe Winch Use

JSCA Assistant Manager, Andrei Bredin, instructing new Jericho Rescue Team members in safe winch operation.
























Most of the craft launched at Jericho are "hand launch" and do not require the use of our winch for launch or retrieval. Members who use the winch are reminded that the winch line crosses a busy pathway and pedestrian & cyclists are often distracted by all of the activity on the water in front of the centre. Please keep a sharp lookout to ensure no one trips on the line while you are using the winch. If you are unfamiliar with winch use please ask our staff or Jericho Rescue Team volunteers to instruct you in safe and proper use. 

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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