Jericho Sailing Centre Association

May 27, 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 27, 2015 and beyond:
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Backpaddling: 2015 Jericho Iron Race

 Last Saturday 45 six person crews competed in the OC6 events in the 2015 Jericho Iron Race hosted by the Jericho Paddling Club. Thanks to Roger Pimenta for providing us with these photos.
On Sunday 37 boats competed in the small boat event for surfskis, single & double outrigger canoes.
For complete results paddle over to:
The volunteers from the Jericho Paddling Club put on an awesome event. To find out how you can become part of the crew, stroke over to:

Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series: Next One June 4

The 2015 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series is held on every 2nd Thursday with the next one scheduled for June 4. For more info paddle over to the Wavechaser webpage.
Volunteer Crew Wanted: To help with scorekeeping, photography & BBQ.


Jericho Racing Programs - Racing This Sunday!



Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays@ 1230H
May 31
There will be no Sunday Racing on June 7 at the Jericho Sailing Centre hosts the annual Jericho Classic Regatta. Sunday Racing returns June 14.
Jericho Classic Regatta              June 6 & 7           NOR
Jericho Catamaran Classic        June 20 & 21      NOR
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:


2015 Jericho Events 


Red Bull Around The Strait                            June 13 & 14

Red Bull Around The Strait is a participatory catamaran sailing race incorporating three different race formats in one exciting contest, challenging sailors to use strategy and skill to outperform their competition. On June 13-14, sailors will hit the beachfront at Jericho Sailing Centre in this competitive race format, aiming for the title of Red Bull's Around The Strait champion. For details, fly a hull over to:

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.

    English Bay Spill vs Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Update 

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea has announced that the Canadian Coast Guard will complete a "robust" review of the April 8 & 9 fuel spill in English Bay by the end of July, and it will be made public. According to a Globe and Mail report, the Minister said during a recent news conference "We all share the view the primary objective is to collectively be more prepared for the future."

Minister Shea said she understands the "anguish" the spill caused for local residents and added "I understand and share the frustration of having a foreign ship enter our harbours and leak oil into our waters." While, of course, that is frustrating indeed, Minister Shea really needs to understand that the critical essence of our frustration and anguish is that: we were collectively more prepared for such a spill before the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station was closed in 2013 to save just $700K per year.


This does not need to be complicated. Vancouver needs a strategically located Coast Guard station with the equipment and capability to respond immediately and button down a leaking ship within an hour. We had that; we need it brought back. There is a purpose built, earthquake resistant, coast guard station building sitting empty in Vancouver. Simply bring the dock back, bring the equipment back, activate the 12 crew required to staff it 24/7/365; and the next time a spill happens we will collectively be more prepared; and we'll all sleep a little better at night knowing that our federal tax dollars have, in this instance, been well spent.
This Pollution Response Vessel PRV, (photographed at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in 2012) was part of the spill response program at the station which included enough spill boom to surround a large ship and crews trained in spill response. The Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner has falsely stated that the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station had no pollution response capability and would not have made a difference in the April 8 & 9 spill in English Bay.




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:

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!


Upcoming shows at the Jericho Folk Club



JUNE 2   
The Soda Crackers serve up  a musical feast that is steeped in rootsy rhythms, panfried in traditional country and stewed in a gumbo of blues, jazz and western swing. Here's the recipe: 
  1 heaping helping Sue Malcolm's warm voice  
  2 parts Don Fraser's creative guitar playing 
  3 dollops of  Stu MacDonald's  bass lines 
Season with  Don & Stu's harmony vocals, add a pinch of crackery magic and a liberal dose of good humour.  Serve hot from the stage. 






The Little Mountain Trio rocks. Besides their great playing on bass, guitar and mandolin and beyond the deft three-part harmonies, and not counting the infinite variety of the band's repertoire, it's the slick and twisted musical arrangements that most tickle your ears and make you smile. Kitty King, Dave Lidstone and Rob McGregor perform musical magic on a mix of original compositions, blues, jazz and country classics.




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:


JSCA Operations Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the JSCA Operations Committee will be Monday, June 1 @1800H. The agenda includes colour selection for repainting the Sailor's Lounge.

Service Hours @ Jericho

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



The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-2100H. 


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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