Jericho Sailing Centre Association

May 6, 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 May 6, 2015 and beyond:
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Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE  This Saturday, May 9

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.



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.

Join Us For the S.O.S

Season Opening Sailpast, Saturday May 9, 1300H-1400H

A centuries old sailing tradition, the "Sailpast" originated when tall ships amassed prior to naval conflict and sailed past the Admiral's vessel to salute him/her, pledging their allegiance and hoping to pass inspection. Despite a happy lack of recent naval conflict, the world wide boating tradition continues to this day, supported by the superstitious, mariner notion that good luck and good weather accompanies all vessels and crew who participate.


The Jericho Sailing Centre Season Opening Sailpast (SOS) is important to you, good member, to ensure that all of your ocean excursions this 2015 season are blessed with favourable weather.


At Jericho, we consider the word "Sailing" to be the verb, meaning "travel over water" which is inclusive of all small naturally powered craft native to this shore. All Jericho Members and guests are invited to sail, paddle, windsurf, row, SUP, whatever you like to do here, past our flagship, the Albatross, to salute our President, Chris Stairs, and his fearless crew on Saturday, May 9 between 1300H and 1400H.


The SOS is also an important part of the Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE as it gives our visiting landlubber friends an opportunity to see the Jericho Sailing Centre in action - rain or shine please come out and share your Jericho spirit.

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:








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

Learn to Coastal Row with ClubLocarno


Learn to Coastal Row with ClubLocarno.  Our 55+ program includes our learn to row beginner lessons and 2x weekly supported recreational rows throughout the summer. Cost: $100 (no other fees apply).  To sign up please click the link to or email
generously sponsored by:

English Bay Environment Seminar          May 19

LNG, Oil and English Bay

Now linked by a quiet change to port rules


 Tues, May 19, 7-9 PM


Jericho Sailing Centre,1300 Discovery St, Vancouver



Dr. Eoin Finn

BSc , PhD, MBA, KPMG Retired Partner.



The controversial Woodfibre LNG proposal near Squamish would see dangerous LNG tankers disrupt busy ferry routes, pass close to major population centres,and diminish the ecological & tourism future of Howe Sound.


NEW port rules now allow LNG tankers & any vessel >275m to anchor and bunker (refuel) in English Bay.



English Bay Safety Seminar                          Next One June 1

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

Jericho Racing Programs - Racing This Weekend!



Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays@ 1230H
May 10, 17, 24 & 31
-September 6
 Tuesday Racing
Every Tuesday @ 1815H
Now-September 8
Rookie Racing Seminar
June 28 @ 0900H - register at the Jericho office


For a complete event schedule barge over to: 


Check out these photos from Tuesday's Racing!  May 5 Tuesday Nite Racing

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 .

Summer Employment Opportunity at Jericho Sailing Centre

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association has a student employment grant position available and is inviting qualified candidates to apply for the position. We are looking for a Secretary/Receptionist who was enrolled full time in a post secondary school this past term who is planning to return full time for the fall session. To qualify for the grant, applicants must be under 30 years of age. We are looking for a personable candidate who has a general knowledge of the types of ocean actities supported by the Jericho Sailing Centre. Please send your resume and cover letter to 

Jericho Folk Club  Tuesday Evenings - Everyone Welcome!

The Jericho Folk Club presents
Doc Maclean
on Tuesday May 12


The Jericho Folk Club is pleased to be part of Doc MacLean's "National Steel Big X Tour." Our feature performer this week, Doc has spent a lifetime on the road, hard travelling, telling stories and pounding out the blues on his resophonic guitar. Son House, Peg Leg Sam and Sam Chatmon are a few of his mentors and while he's appeared with the likes of Guy Davis, BB King, Tony Furtado, Colin Linden and Johnny Winters - to name only a few - what he really likes, he says, is "real stories played by real people in real places." At an average rate of over 150 shows a year for forty years, Doc demonstrates a willingness to go a long way to pass on his love for the old blues of the Mississippi delta.


Doors open 7:15 with a Fiddle Tunes Session
Open stage 7:45
Session 8:30
Feature Act 9:00


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. 

English Bay Spill Kitsilano Coast Guard Station - Update 


Rally Against Coast Guard Cuts @ Kitsilano Coast Guard Station

Speech May 6, 2015


My name is Mike Cotter, I've worked off the coast of BC for 38 years; formerly as a crew member with the BC Ferry Corporation and the last 27 years as the GM of the Jericho Sailing Centre, a few minutes by sea from this, the former Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.


Just seven weeks after the Steven Harper Government closed the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station; on April 11, 2013, the Captain of the Osakana, a 200 metre container ship at anchor, dead smack in the middle of English Bay, within sight of the shuttered station, put out a desperate, emotionally choked, distress call over Channel 16 pleading for the Canadian Coast Guard to respond immediately to his initial distress call, made some 20 minutes earlier, for medical assistance to save his dying crew member. His shaking words were heard by every mariner on our coast within radio range and by all of the people who staffed our coast guard radio services that afternoon.


The Canadian Coast Guard Hovercraft "Siyay" had already been enroute for fifteen minutes from their Sea Island Base when they replied to the Osakana's Channel 16 plea that their ETA would be an additional 10 minutes. Every one of us who heard that call felt the extreme frustration; but I'm sure the hovercraft crew, some of whom likely had served at the Kits Station, felt it the most, as they knew better than anyone, that, had this station not been closed, the Osakana's crew member would already have been in the capable hands of trained Canadian Coast Guard crew; and he may well have survived. Just seven weeks was all it took to sustain the first casualty of the Stephen Harper Government's cuts to coast guard services along Canada's busiest coast.


The latest casualty of Canadian Coast Guard cuts are Vancouver shorelines and our precious marine environment, from what was a relatively small spill which should have been easily contained. It was very painful to see the senseless damage to our ocean playground and was further exasperated when people in Vancouver were deliberately lied to by our federal government representatives. I can tell you two things with certainty: the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station was strategically located, equipped, and crewed, to respond expediently to incidents like the April 8 Bunker C fuel spill in English Bay; and, the Stephen Harper Government wants Canadians to somehow believe that it wasn't.


We all wait, here on the coast of British Columbia, with today's closure of the Canadian Coast Guard Vancouver Marine Communication and Traffic Services Centre; for the next casualty of these cuts, and I hope, like most of you here today, that it is not another mariner, not more of our treasured marine environment, but instead a Stephen Harper Government that has shown nothing but callous disregard, disrespect and even contempt for our coastal environment and the peoplewho work, transit and recreate on it.




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. 

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. 


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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