Jericho Sailing Centre Association

June 24, 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 24, 2015 and beyond:
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Summer Schools in Session @ Jericho Sailing Centre

Summer school is in session at the Jericho Sailing Centre. Youth camps for kayaking, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, stand up paddling and skimboarding can all be enjoyed through Vancouver's ocean community centre.


JSCA's affiliated schools: Ecomarine, Windsure & MacSailing provide the best in professional, recreational marine instruction for kids (and adults) of all ages for le$$ than you might expect.


Summer Ocean Camps

Rookie Racing Seminar                       Sunday @ 1000H


If you ever thought about sail racing but were intimidated by the legalese mumbo jumbo of the rules, this seminar is for you. We break down the rules into easy to understand components to get you racing that afternoon in our regular Sunday Racing program. Sail racing is great fun and there is no better way to improve your sailing skills. The seminar is this Sunday, June 28 from 1000H - 1100H.


FREE for JSCA Members/ $99 Public.

Please RSVP the JSCA office

(604) 224-4177.


Jericho Racing  - Regular Racing This Sunday: "...a kinder, gentler race day..."



Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays @ 1230H
Sunday Racing returns this Sunday, June 28 for a kinder, gentler race day as we will have a Rookie Racer start. We ask our seasoned racers to recall their first race and help us provide a welcoming atmosphere to our new participants.
Rookie Racing Seminar
June 28 @ 1000H
FREE to JSCA members: RSVP at the Jericho office   
 Tuesday Nite Racing
Every Tuesday @ 1815H
Now-September 8
Check out this raw video from
our last Tuesday Nite Racing
To register for
Sunday or
Tuesday Nite
Racing programs
tack over to:

For a complete

event schedule

barge over to:


2015 Jericho Events 

Road Closures: Vancouver Half-Marathon  Sunday, June 28

There will be road closures in the Point Grey area this coming Sunday between 0730-1030H which could adversely affect your navigation to and from the Jericho Sailing Centre. All lanes on NW Marine Drive between UBC and 4th Ave will be closed between 0730-0930H. For more info. jog over to:

Oh heck not another marathon road closure!

Jericho Sailing Centre Looking for Summer Crew

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 Maintenance/Safety Officer who was enrolled full time in a post secondary school this past term and 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 Wavechaser Paddle Series   Next One July 2


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 July 2. For more info paddle over to the Wavechaser webpage.
Volunteer Crew Wanted: To help with scorekeeping, photography & BBQ.

 MEC Paddlefest 2015                                         July 4



The day every Jericho paddler dreams of; the annual MEC Paddlefest is almost upon us. 


You can go for a test paddle, participate in a hands-on skills clinic, browse exhibitor's booths, and hunt for deals at the MEC Paddleswap. Bring your friends and family, and come celebrate the fun of floating! Everyone welcome. 


For more info paddle over to the

2015 MEC Paddlefest webpage.




 Subaru Vancouver Triathlon                              July 5


For event info. swim over to:

2015 Subaru Vancouver Triathlon 

Backwind: Jericho Catamaran Classic Regatta

PRO Paul Evenden starts the Hobie 16 fleet

For the 3rd regatta weekend in a row Vancouver delivered picture perfect sailing weather. Participants in the 41st annual Jericho Catamaran Classic Regatta
last weekend purred through winds puffing over 20 knots on Saturday and 25 knots Sunday.


For a full photo album pounce over to:

2015 Jericho Cat Classic 


Thanks to Paul Evenden for officiating a great regatta and furnishing us with these photos.


Double trapped H16's head for the Spanish Bank shoreline lift


















Jericho original Graham MacGlashan leads Hobie 17's to the promised land



F18's laying the leeward mark in the shadow of an anchored ship




English Bay Safety Seminar                          Next One July 20

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

English Bay Spill vs Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Update

The Canadian Coast Guard's independant-ish (internal-ish) review of the April 8 & 9 bunker C fuel spill response in English Bay is expected to be made public in late July. Don't expect much in the way of objectivity as the current CCG Commissioner, when asked about the independence of the former Assistant Commissioner who is leading the review stated "...we're very comfortable with the advice he'll give us." - premonition or pre-determined outcome?
Yesterday the CCG communication centre in Victoria, which picked up the load when the centre in Vancouver was closed this spring, went down for several hours. CCG suggested that mariners in distress in our southern waters would have to rely on the US Coast Guard for assistance. No wonder our american neighbours are also concerned about our Coast Guard's lack of preparedness in the event of a major marine spill. Canadians are entitled to an actual independent review of Coast Guard operations on our west coast.
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 

 Jericho Folk Club  Tuesday Evenings - Everyone Welcome!


The Jericho Folk Club presents


on June 30 



For Pearl (Kathy Francis and Andrea Smith) the whole world's their oyster.  On a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, clarinet, ukes and percussion, Pearl delivers polished gems of songs and tunes featuring exquisite harmonies and wit enough to warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. 


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


NEW SESSION Rooftop Yoga @ Jericho Sailing Centre with Marni

For beginners to advanced, teens and beyond




MONDAYS 29 June - 10 August

(no class on August 3rd)

6:30-7:15a.m. and 7:30-8:15a.m. 


6-week session: $72



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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