Jericho Sailing Centre Association

July 21, 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 21, 2015 and beyond:
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Feature of the Week: Disabled Sailing Association of BC

Shaw TV recently featured the Disabled Sailing Association of BC and the Jericho Sailing Centre on their Local Connection program.


Learn more about the DSA and see some great sailing footage at Jericho by gybing over to:


Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff crew who put the wind into this unique organization at the Jericho Sailing Centre. The DSA is always looking for experienced sailor volunteers to support their incredibly enabling sailing programs. To find out more about volunteering for the DSA, tack over to:

Vancouver Water Restrictions Stage 3: NO BOAT WASHING



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


With Metro Vancouver water restrictions moving to Stage 3 on Monday, BOAT WASHING IS NOW PROHIBITED and the JSCA is asking all users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to comply. Thank you for your cooperation.

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


Celebration of Light Fireworks Over English Bay

The annual Celebration of Light fireworks display starts this Saturday over English Bay. If fireworks turn you on, "Celebration" is a perfect accent to three Vancouver mid-summer night eves right in the sweet spot of summer. The fireworks are best viewed from English Bay Beach. Kits Beach offers a next best view with Jericho accommodating the cheap seats - distant view but easier parking and disembarking when the show ends. Seating at the Jericho Patio and Grill is tough to find after 2030H. The rooftop deck will be open to members & their accompanying guests (60 maximum) with security in place to enforce no alcohol or smoking. The three show dates are July 25, 29 and August 1; Start time 2200H. 


For more information on the Celebration of Light fire up their website at:

Vancouver Historical Society Tour @ Jericho Beach Park

The Vancouver Historical Society is hosting  a Jericho Park Summer History Walking Tour this Saturday, July 25 from 1000H-Noon. Everyone is welcome to come along and learn more about the fascinating history of this area which includes the establishment of a naval reserve in 1859, one of western Canada's earliest golf courses, Vancouver's first aviation facility, 1976 Habitat Forum and the launch of Greenpeace's first "Save the Whales" campaign. The walk will be led by Bob Macdonald of the Vancouver Historical Society, Mike Cotter of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association, and Lisa Smith of the Hastings Mill Store Museum.


Start: 1000H Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St.

End:   Noon Hastings Mill Store Museum, 1575 Alma Street.

For more info. on the Vancouver Historical Society, time warp to their website at:

Back to the Future


Summer Camping with Windsure


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:








Letter of the Week - Member Thanks Jericho Community

Dear Mike, it would be lovely if you could include our note in the newsletter.


My wife Winnie, our friend Neale and I want to thank Jericho Rescue and this amazing community for rescuing us after our capsize July 14.This was my first capsize ever in 25 years. When the Wayfarer turned turtle the centreboard slipped and did not protrude from the hull so I could not right the boat. Passing boats, Jericho Rescue and the Coast Guard immediately came to our assistance and got us ashore. Mike Cotter in the Jericho Rescue Boat towed my Wayfarer upside down and others helped right it and when near shore bailed it out. Lou (Parsons photo below) and other amazing volunteers got the remaining water out and hefted it onto its dolly. We are amazed at the skill and dedication of this community and most grateful to Jericho Sailing Centre. We are safe and sound and the boat and all our belongings are intact. (Got to fix the seal on the forward hatch, and rig a cord to hold the centreboard down, though). We can't wait to get out sailing again!


Colin Miles member since about 1987   


Lou Parsons, (left at the helm of Jericho Marks shown with fellow Jericho Rescue Team member Mike Parks), had arrived early for Tuesday evening rescue training July 14th when he saw Colin's Wayfarer being towed to shore and didn't hesitate to jump in to help land & bail the swamped boat. Thanks to the Hobie sailor's who were standing at the shoreline and also demonstrated their community spirit by helping out. Thanks also to the CCG #506 Deadman Island crew who assisted. 

 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series - Next One July 30  


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 August 17

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 August 17 at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

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. 

Jericho Racing  - Sunday Racing This Weekend: 



Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays @ 1230H
Rum Runner Regatta originally scheduled for this weekend has been scrubbed and may be re-scheduled in the future. 
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 

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 

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 Folk Club  Tuesday Evenings - Everyone Welcome!


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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