Jericho Sailing Centre Association

June 17, 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 June 17, 2015 and beyond:
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Sea to Sky Marine Trail Opens in Howe Sound

The 40 km "Sea to Sky Marine Trail", just around the corner from Point Atkinson, was officially opened last Sunday. Designed to facilitate coastal camping for crews of human powered craft such as kayaks, canoes & rowboats, the trail crosses Howe Sound from Horseshoe Bay (about 16km NW of the Jericho Sailing Centre) to Squamish and Gibsons.


The B.C. government, Squamish Nation, Squamish-Lillooet and Sunshine Coast regional districts, Town of Gibsons, Bowen Island Municipality, districts of Squamish and West Vancouver, and B.C. Marine Trail Networks Association were all involved in making the trail a reality.


For more on the opening of the Sea to Sky Marine Trail, paddle over to this informative article in the

Georgia Straight.


For more details on the new addition check out the BC Marine Trails website:Sea to Sky Marine Trail



THIS THURSDAY: Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series


The Jericho Wavechaser takes place out of the Jericho Sailing Centre off the Spanish Bank beaches of Vancouver's south shore.


The race series is run by volunteers from Jericho's paddling community and is only $5 for all paddling classes - no charge for members of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association (annual membership $99). There is a fantastic after race BBQ available to all participants for $5. 


More and more paddlers are discovering how fun the waters off Jericho can be and what an amazing venue the centre is. There is also something about the beach atmosphere that makes the location feel like the Hawaii of Canada. We will have a safety boat at each race and we keep the race course a surprise! Actually, we try to optimize each race to take advantage of the best bumps we can get.  

The 2015 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series is held on every 2nd Thursday with the next one scheduled for June 18. For more info paddle over to the Wavechaser webpage.
Volunteer Crew Wanted: To help with scorekeeping, photography & BBQ.

THIS WEEKEND: Jericho Catamaran Classic Regatta

This weekend the sailing cats will be scratching up the surface of English Bay in the annual Jericho Catamaran Classic Regatta.  

For more details fly your hull over to the Notice of Race

Anyone interested in volunteering on our race committee or photographing the event can contact us by return email or through the JSCA office. 

F18 cats scratching high speed gybes around a mark in last week's Red Bull Around the Strait event.


Backwind: Red Bull Around The Strait Photos

Vancouver weather conditions for last weekend's Red Bull Around the Strait event were what every sail race organizer dreams of. Plenty of sunshine and wind kept those cats flying and made for some exciting action photos.


For a full photo album pounce over to: 2015 Cat Fight 



















English Bay Safety Seminar                          Next One June 22

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

Jericho Racing Programs - NO Regular Racing This Sunday



Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays@ 1230H
Sunday Racing returns June 28.
Jericho Catamaran Classic        June 20 & 21      NOR
 Tuesday Nite Racing
Every Tuesday @ 1815H
Now-September 8
Check out these photos from   
Rookie Racing Seminar
June 28 @ 0900H - register at the Jericho office
To register for
Sunday or
Tuesday Nite
Racing programs
tack over to:



For a complete

event schedule

barge over to:


2015 Jericho Events 

Tuesday Nite Racing: By Anton's Beard, It's The Jericho Vanguard Challenge! 


Two of the longest daylight Tuesdays of the year are coming up and the JSCA is dropping the gauntlet on our Vanguard Fleet who have been mysteriously absent so far this season: any JSCA member who races in a Vanguard over the next 2 Tuesday Nite Racing events will receive a stylish Jericho Sailing Centre safety whistle & lanyard (limit 1 per racer). FREE swag just for having fun!

  Register today at










English Bay Spill vs Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Update

This Week: Another Marine Spill, Another Slo Mo Coast Guard Response

Absent this time was the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard saying the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station would not have made an iota of difference in the early intervention of Monday's spill of up to 5,000 litres of diesel fuel in False Creek, just 3 minutes from the shuttered station. Perhaps the reality that the station was perfectly equipped and located to handle spills such as this and the bunker C spill that occured over two days April 8 & 9 in a much more timely fashion, has finally sunk in. Although diesel evaporates quickly and does not pose as significant an environmental threat as bunker C, it is still a threat, it still took 5 hours for the clean-up to commence, and it is still nowhere near as good as the Canadian Coast Guard response Vancouver had prior to the Conservative government closing the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in 2013 to save $700K. It's time for local Conservative MP's to stand up for their constituents and reopen the station in time for the inevitable next spill.
This Pollution Response Vessel PRV, (photographed at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in 2012) was part of the pollution 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 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. Former officers and crew from the station have said that this is false and that this spill could have been contained very quickly had the station remained open. 




Ocean Schools @ Jericho Sailing Centre 

Jericho Sailing Centre school programs are in full flight 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:

 Jericho Folk Club  Tuesday Evenings - Everyone Welcome!


The Jericho Folk Club presents

The Irish Wakers
on June 23 



The Irish Wakers' motto is "Celebrate Life," an appropriate thought for a fun and rollicking Celtic band which alternates toe-tapping fiddle tunes with a wide range of songs, from contemporary Irish ballads to old sea shanties. Band members are Blake Williams [bodhran], Brian Robertson [guitar, bouzouki], Hugh Brock [flute, whistles, pipes], Pam Jeffrey [flute, whistles, harp] and Michael Burnyeat [fiddle]. Along with a new tune or two, an entertaining program of fan favourites promises a great evening at Jericho.


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:


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. 


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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