Jericho Sailing Centre Association

July 28, 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 28, 2015 and beyond:
  
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This Weekend @ Jericho

Canadian Laser Masters Championship Regatta 

 

Move over whippersnappers, it's old geezer time for Laser racers as the Jericho Sailing Centre hosts the 2015 Canadian Laser Masters Championship this BC Day long weekend: anyone under 35 need not apply. (however you are most welcome to volunteer on our Race Committee Boat Albatross.). For more info., geriatric your mouse thingy over to: Old Sailors Never Die They Just Get a Little Dinghy 

Or just ask a young person to help you. 

BC Day Weekend - "Be Sea" Day @ Jericho

 

There is something distinctive about life here on the left coast of Canada, in this province of British Columbia, that easily inspires people to follow their noses down along the salt scented Pacific air beach path, to mess around in boats at the liquidly source of all life- it is our very essence.

It's not something that started in this generation or the last, or even in the time since British Columbia first boarded the good ship Canada in 1871. As long as people have lived near these sand swept, rock reinforced Pacific Ocean shorelines they have felt an intimate connection with the sea and nowhere is this more apparent today than at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

 

From the relatively landlocked hub bubs of Toronto, Montreal and other Canadian population centers it's hard for non-Pacific inhabitants of our country to imagine we BC left "Coasters" without sandals, surf shorts, super shades, sunscreen, sun tanned skin and hair blowing in the wind, well bent on a good time at the beach. (Perhaps the leading catalyst for Easterners who jump ship west). On BC Day the beach is where many of us will "be".

 

If the weather fits the long range forecast for our provincial holiday ( and for the real Jericho junkies even if it doesn't), the waves of English Bay will be streaked with the wakes of a thousand tiny ship trips launched from Jericho Beach out of Vancouver's low cost ocean community centre. The kayak, rowboat, sailing dinghy, windsurfer, stand-up paddleboard, skim board, SUP or other naturally powered craft you command could be among that holiday flotilla.  

 

This Monday make plans to exercise your "Be Sea" essence. Live it up to the beat of the provincial motto "Splendor without Diminishment", throw on your surf shorts and sandals, slap on some sunscreen and your shades, turn your back to the east with a smile and come celebrate BC Day at the Jericho Sailing Centre. 

 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 July 30. For more info paddle over to the Wavechaser webpage.
  
  
Volunteer Crew Wanted: To help with scorekeeping, photography & BBQ.

Vancouver SUP Challenge   

          August 15 @ Jericho Sailing Centre 

 

 

Vancouver's biggest & best Stand Up Paddleboard race is coming back to the Jericho Sailing Centre on Saturday, August 15. Travis Grant -two time winner of the Molokai to Oahu SUP Race will be competing and doing a clinic on race day morning. For more information and to register, stand tall and paddle like Canadian Champ Stu Robinson, over to: www.supchallenge.ca 

 

Vancouver Water Restrictions Stage 3:  

NO BOAT WASHING

 

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

 

Metro Vancouver has activated Stage 3 of the Water Shortage Response Plan. BOAT WASHING IS PROHIBITED and the JSCA is asking all users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to comply.   


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

 

Celebration of Light Fireworks Over English Bay

The second and third nights of the annual Celebration of Light fireworks display run this Wednesday & 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.  Start time 2200H. 

 

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

 

http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

Extreme Marine Hazard Warning - Fireworks 

One of the most dangerous situations for operators of small water craft in Vancouver occurs at the conclusion of each Celebration of Light fireworks show. Hundreds of powerboats are hastily heading for home in all different directions and the sea surface is filled with crossing boat chop on waves. Lights from boats and downtown reflect everywhere and a kayak, canoe, rowboat or other small vessel is almost impossible to see, even if the power vessel Skipper hasn't been drinking, and in some cases, he has.

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association advises our members and other small, naturally powered craft to not put themselves in this vulnerable position. If you choose to be out there, please remember that the Coast Guard and other safety boats will have their hands full and may not even be able to locate your craft within the boating frenzy if you need them. Also remember, that you the Skipper, as always, are solely responsible for your safety and that of your crew. 

Whaling Good Time @ Jericho                   August 8  

 

Do you know how to tell a porpoise from a dolphin? Or what humpback whales eat?

Join the Dock Talk Team from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, at the Jericho Sailing Centre on Saturday, August 8 between 1100-1500H to explore the wonderful world of B.C. cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and sea turtles. Find out how to identify common whale species, learn about the threats they face, and safe whale-watching to minimize some of these risks. Discover how you can get involved in their conservation through the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network.

 

A joint project of the Vancouver Aquarium and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network collects sightings of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles from mariners and coastal citizens up and down the coast. B.C. is host to 24 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, and 4 species of sea turtles, and 12 of these are listed as at risk by the Species at Risk Act, which is why it is so important we gather valuable information about them to contribute toward conservation-based research.

 

If you see a whale, dolphin, porpoise, or sea turtle, the sightings network would like to know! You can report sightings on the web at www.wildwhales.org, by email at sightings@vanaqua.org, by phone at 1 866 I SAW ONE or 1-866-472-9663 (toll-free), or you can download our free app, called WhaleReport, from the iTunes app store or from the Google Android Store.

Jericho Racing  - NO Sunday Racing This Weekend: 

     

 

Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays @ 1230H
  
There will be no Sunday Racing this weekend as the Jericho Sailing Centre hosts the 2015 Canadian Laser Masters Championship Regatta 
 
  
  
  
Tuesday Nite Racing
Every Tuesday @ 1815H
Now-September 1
  

 
 
   
To register for  
Sunday or
Tuesday Nite
Racing programs
tack over to:
  

For a complete

event schedule

barge over to:

 

2015 Jericho Events 

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:

 

http://jsca.bc.ca/schools/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

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 - http://discoverysailing.org/

  

Companionway Sailing Club - president@companionwaysailing.ca

 

ClubLocarno - http://www.clublocarno.com/

 

UBC Sailing Club- http://register.ubcsailing.org/

 

Viking Sailing Club - http://www.vikingsailingclub.bc.ca/join-our-club/

 

Jericho Paddling Club- http://www.jerichooutrigger.com/membership.html

 

 

For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to http://jsca.bc.ca/clubs-2/ 

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: http://www.clublocarno.com/page-862389

 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@psdcoaching.com

 

 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:

http://jsca.bc.ca/events2/google-events-calendar/

 

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.

0.5 IT IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO AVOID A COLLISION 
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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