Jericho Sailing Centre Association

May 13, 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 13, 2015 and beyond:
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Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series Starts Thursday, May 21

 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 events. For more info paddle over to the Wavechaser webpage. 
Volunteer Crew Wanted: To help with scorekeeping, photography & BBQ.


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

Join one of the JSCA's Affiliated Clubs

and get access to a fleet of boats

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:







Discovery Sailing Club -


Companionway Sailing Club -


ClubLocarno -


UBC Sailing Club-


Viking Sailing Club -


Jericho Paddling Club-



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

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:

Send Us Your Jericho Photos - SOS Sailpast

Kayakers salute while Sea Cadets launch.

Thanks to Julie Robinson for sharing our cover photo as well as these ones from from last Saturday's SOS Season Opening Sailpast.


Anton Pitts & crew sailpast for good luck












Royal Canadian Navy training ship

HMCS Oriole sails past Albatross






JSCA President Chris Stairs helms Jericho Rescue with Mike Wang and Adam McKeown aboard
UBC Sailing Club Instructor Marty McLennan leads has class past for an Albatross salute

English Bay Seminar                                       Next Tuesday


    English Bay Spill vs Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Update 

 English Bay Still Closed to Fishing
& Con MP's Still Expecting us to Buy Their Fishy Story

More than a month now after the relatively small April 8th & 9th bunker C oil spill in English Bay was met with Canadian Coast Guard's current definition of a "world class" response, English Bay is still closed to fishing, and something still smells really fishy here in Vancouver. 


Beaches in West Vancouver along MP John Weston's North Shore riding were particularly hard hit; one is still closed: yet, Mr. Weston and his BC PC colleagues are still trying to convince the people they represent, and all Canadians, that the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station was not equipped to respond to such spills and wouldn't have made a difference, despite a preponderance of evidence to the contrary.


Local PC MP Randy Kamp told the Canadian Parliament: "The Coast Guard Commissioner has confirmed that this station never provided these types of environmental response operations, and its presence would not have changed how the Coast Guard responded to this incident. Ranking BC PC MP James Moore recently wrote to a concerned Canadian* " Experts have been crystal clear that Kitsilano was not equipped to handle the recent pollution incident in Vancouver Harbour,...". Nobody else on the west coast of Canada is buying this fishy sea story gentlemen, why are you? 


It should be obvious to any landlubber that when actual experts; the former Commander, officers and crew of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station; say they had all of the equipment and training to provide the timely response required to keep spills such as the April 8th & 9th (it actually leaked over 2 dates) from polluting Vancouver's shorelines, they are telling the truth. Throughout their careers these people went  to work everyday prepared to put their lives on the line to save people in distress on the ocean, or to save the ocean itself - they are not the ones lying to Canadians.


There are 20 commercial anchorages in Vancouver's outer harbour and 3,000 ships transit through First Narrows annually. Of course the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, strategically located in Canada's busiest port, would be equipped with a Pollution Response Vessel (shown in photo), enough floating boom to surround a leaking ship, and capable crews trained in rapid spill response. To say it wasn't is a deplorable deception and bait only the most gullible flounder would swallow.


An hour to contain a leaking ship in Canada's busiest port is the response capability the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station provided Canadians and is of vital importance to the people of Metro Vancouver. One hundred million dollars worth of ship borne Canadian commerce flows through Vancouver's port each day. Closing our strategically located, equipped  and crewed coast guard station to save $700K a year was a grossly misguided decision and an environmentally Titanic mistake.


Mr Weston, Mr. Moore, Mr. Kamp and all of your BC PC MP colleagues; there is very little time for you to steer your ship back on course.There are 5 months until the next federal election; your Liberal and NDP Parliamentary colleagues have all said they will re-open the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station if their parties are elected.  If you have any influence at all in Ottawa, now is the time to show your leadership. As long as you keep on trying to sell us Canadian Coast Guard management's fishy story that the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station did not have the spill response capability required to protect our treasured marine environment, we here at Vancouver sea level, who know that fishy smell all too well; will keep on taking the time to politely correct you. 





 We will continue to show these photos from 2012 of the dedicated Pollution Response Vessel based at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station which disproves the Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner' claim that the station had no environmental response cabability. Retired former base Commander Fred Moxey has stated the station was well equipped and responded to many spills over the decades he was stationed there. Retired Coast Guard Captain Tony Toxopeus trained many Coast Guard Crews in Environment Spill Response at Kits.


*Concerned Canadian Sara Kalis Gilbert, daughter of a former Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Captain, has been championing a campaign to re-open the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. Since last month's spill she has started an on-line petition, has written to the Prime Minister as well as several MP's and Senators. In a recent letter to the Coast Guard Commissioner refuting the Coast Guard's assertion that the base was not equipped for environmental response, Sara included the following environmental response equipment and supply inventory as well as training details:


"-CG 701 49' Oil pollution response vessel with 500' Self inflating Boom, an oil skimmer and sorbents (which has been up on blocks since the base closure)
-The dock at Kitsilano had a large aluminum box at the end of her dock with 500' of 24" "Fence boom"
-the Custom built oil spill kit shipping container located at Kits Base (and every Lifeboat station on the west coast) had
500' of 24" fence boom, an T-Disk" oil skimmer, a power pack, 100' of oil sorbent boom and bags and bags of sorbent pads.

The "M.V. Marathassa" is approximately 700' long. There was enough equipment and material and trained personnel available to provide an effective response to this spill. Coast Guard "coxswains" self-task on a regular basis; they don't wait for a call from the R.O.C. ( Regional Operations Center ). Sixteen hundred Western Region personnel were trained in Basic Oil Response. This is documented. Kitsilano Base hosted two of these courses and had more than twice the available equipment than any other lifeboat station on the West Coast. Incidentally, hovercrafts are of no use in oil spill situations."


You can add your name to Sara's online petition at


More next week...

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.

JSCA Planning Meeting                                                   May 20 @ 1900H



The JSCA is in the very early stages of developing a plan in harmony with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Disabled Sailing Association of BC for the Jericho Beach Park Pier and Dock Improvement Project which will include a wheelchair accessible dock to be used by DSA sailors. In advance of the Public Planning Process, the JSCA Planning Committee is inviting stakeholders and other interested members to provide input so that we can assist the Park Board & DSA in developing a functional facility for all to enjoy.  The Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 20 at 1900H in the Sailor's Lounge. All JSCA members welcome.


Jericho Racing Programs - Racing This Weekend!



Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays@ 1230H
May 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: 


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 .

Jericho Folk Club  Tuesday Evenings - Everyone Welcome!


Illiteratty fills the stage at Jericho on Tuesday, May 19.  As the top banana, Earle Peach leads this apple-pie perfect ensemble through a grape bunch of original tunes.   Don't miss the mix of all those three and four-part harmonies or the blend of all those instruments (Earle on guitar, Albert Klassen on mandolin, Kirsten Daub on violin,  Simon Kendall on keyboards and Mark Bender on bass) and  treat yourself  to a windfall of songs you'll wonder at when you are not laughing.





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. 

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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