Jericho Sailing Centre Association

July 8, 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 July 8, 2015 and beyond:
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THIS WEEKEND: Canadian Outrigger Iron Championship Races


On July 11 & 12, 2015, False Creek Racing Canoe Club, in cooperation with the Jericho Paddling Club, will be hosting the 2015 Canadian Outrigger Iron Championship Races at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

The big boats, the 45' long OC-6's, will race Short and Long Courses on Saturday, July 11, 2015. If conditions are favourable the Long Course will start off of the Jericho Pier, round Passage Island and back to Jericho; a grueling 23km paddle. The Small Boats (OC-1, OC-2, Surf Ski, SUP) Challenge will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

For complete event info. paddle over to:

2015 Canadian Outrigger Iron Championship Races 

UBC Sailing Club Beach Party: Sailors vs Pirates


The UBC Sailing Club invites all Jericho Sailing Centre members to our Jericho beach party: Sailors vs. Pirates from 7PM this Saturday, July 11, at the Jericho Sailing Centre.


Have a burger or two, throw back a few drams of beer or sangria, and dance the night away.

Featuring hot Vancouver band the Werewolves and cool tunes from DJ Deezel.

Dress up in your best sailor's uniform, or come as a pirate if you dare!

Purchase tickets for $10 through Thursday, or $15 thereafter:


Please bring your Jericho membership card to the party, to prove your affiliation with the JSCA.  






Metro Vancouver Water Shortage: Help Us Conserve



"Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink."


With Metro Vancouver water supply declining at a startling rate due to unusually low precipitation in May and June (as well as the current heat wave), the JSCA is asking users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to do their part by using water as sparingly as possible when rinsing sand and salt off of equipment.


For more on this, dribble over to: missing the rain


Keep Our Water Clean: Park Board Initiative


The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation has commenced a "Keep our Water Clean" campaign in an effort to improve water quality in areas such as False Creek and local beaches. The Park Board is promoting "Free Pump-Out Services" for boats with sewage holding tanks at City owned, Burrard & Heather Civic Marinas. The Park Board is also reminding all users of City beaches and our ocean playground to put waste in it's place.

SAFETY NOTICE: Swimmers Versus Boats

All good Fun Until Someone Gets an Oar in the Head 

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation lifeguards at Jericho Beach have asked us to remind users of the Jericho Sailing Centre that all boats must keep clear of the swim area to the east of us. The Park Board has installed new swim area markers to clearly show boaters where they should not be. Recently a swimmer in this area was struck in the head with an oar.


Conversely, there is no swimming or wading permitted in the water adjacent to the Jericho Sailing Centre. The area is well signed but every summer we meet people who don't see the signs or think such rules should not apply to them. If you see such a person please let our office or any Jericho Rescue Team member know. 

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

ClubLocarno Rowing Lessons Available To The Public

Introductory Rowing Lessons are available at the Jericho Sailing Centre through ClubLocarno. This program is designed to help you become confident and capable on the water. It covers the basic competencies needed to use the fleet, including:
  • Basic rowing technique
  • Safe (for you and the boat) launching and landing
  • Rigging and de-rigging
  • Recovery from a capsize
  • A review of regulations, club policies and practices, as well as local conditions
Note: You must be able to swim, and have adequate fitness, strength and flexibility. For complete info, scull your way over to:

Jericho Racing  - NO Regular Racing This Sunday: 



Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays @ 1230H
There will be NO Regular Sunday Racing this Sunday as the Jericho Sailing Centre hosts the Canadian Outrigger National Championships.
Tuesday Nite Racing
Every Tuesday @ 1815H
Now-September 8
Check out these photos from 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 

Vancouver Backpaddling: MEC Paddlefest 2015 @ Jericho Beach











Scores of paddlers hit the waves off Jericho Beach last sunny Saturday for MEC Paddlefest 2015. Many experienced paddlers took the opportunity to try out a vast variety of equipment for free demos provided by local suppliers and manufacturers. Flocks of novices took advantage of free clinics organized by the ocean friendly folk of MEC. If you missed it, or even if you didn't, plan to attend MEC Paddlefest 2016 early next July.


For more photos of MEC Paddlefest 2015, SUP over to:  

MEC Paddlefest 2015 









Send Us Your Jericho Photos

Thanks to Teresa Dobson for sharing this great photo of the Jericho Paddling Club ladies crew practicing for this weekend's Canadian Outrigger Iron Championship races under wildfire smoked skies over English Bay. 


English Bay Spill vs Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Update

Auditor General Wades In Via Environmental Petition

Champion of re-opening the Kitsilano Coast Guard station, Sara Kalis Gilbert, daughter of a former Captain at the station, has convinced the Auditor General of Canada to review claims made by Canadian Coast Guard Management in Ottawa, and local Conservative MP's, following the English Bay Fuel spill which occurred on April 8 & 9, 2015.


The Environmental Petition filed by Ms. Gilbert and accepted by the Auditor General requires Fisheries and Oceans Minister, Gail Shea, to respond to the following issues no later than September 21, 2015:


"*the accuracy of statement regarding the fact that the Kits Base closure would not have made "one iota" of a difference in the detection of the Marathassa spill,

*the accuracy of the statement that "there was no pollution control equipment at the Kits Base"

*the discrepancies between statements made by the Minister, Commissioner Thomas, and A/Commissioner Girouard as well as various MPs

*the accuracy of the statement by Commissioner Thomas that the Kits Base did not have trained personnel

*the appointment of former Commissioner John Butler to perform a review of the Marathassa oil spill and whether it is appropriate or not.

*Whether the MCTS closures and the Kits Base closure can be justified in relation to loss of life/environmental impact "


Ms. Gilbert has also requested that the Office of the Auditor General conduct a Performance Audit into the 2013 closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. The PA would conduct a thorough risk analysis with respect to the health and safety of Canadians in context with taxpayer savings. The DFO claimed at the time the closure would save $900K a year. Recently, a DFO briefing pegged the savings for 2014-15 at $665K.


Last Thursday's big winds on local waters kept the Coast Guard's summer Inshore Rescue Boat station on Deadman Island busy beyond their capacity. CKNW's Shane Woodford filed the following report:


"The Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirms the Coast Guard IRB station in Stanley Park was offline for six hours last night. Apparently crew were jumping from one call to another without sleep. Exhausted crew were given six hours to sleep. The station came back online at two this morning. For six hours there was no Coast Guard presence in the inner harbour to respond to any calls. The IRB station was introduced after the closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard base."


Sara Kalis Gilbert has forwarded this information to the OAG of Canada to further substantiate the need for her Performance Audit request. 

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. 

 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series   Next One July 16


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

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.

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

The Arntzen Family

on July 14 



With musical dexterity and soulful harmonies, the Arntzens will sing their way into your heart. Original compositions, jazz, blues, and folk favorites are all part of their bag of tricks. Led by Georgina Arntzen on vocals and mandolin, with husband Tom on vocals and guitar, and their son Arnt on banjo and vocals, this clan of musicians is sure to get you singing, grinning, and toe-tapping.  


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 on our 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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