Jericho Sailing Centre Association

August 5, 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 August 5, 2015 and beyond:
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Canadian Laser Masters Championship Regatta 


A picture perfect Vancouver sailing long weekend was enjoyed by participants in the 2015 Canadian Laser Masters Championship Regatta. To this point, 2015 has served up 11 straight sunny, breezy sailing regatta days, making it the most remarkable sail racing year in memory. Thanks to Michael He who volunteered on our race committee and provided these photos and a complete 2015 Canadian Laser Masters Championship Regatta photo album.

Thanks to our extraordinarily awesome Canadian Laser Masters race committee volunteers:
Dieter Faltermeier; PRO Extraordinaire, Andy Hunt; and Michael He

English Bay Spill vs. Kitsilano Coast Guard Station
     CCG "Independent" Review Misses Kits Point

Back in May, when DFO Minister Gail Shea announced a "robust" review of the environmental response operation to the April 8 & 9 Marathassa fuel oil spill in English Bay, Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner Jody Thomas was asked just how "independent" former CCG Assistant Commissioner, John Butler's report could be. Commissioner Thomas stated that Mr. Butler no longer worked for the CCG and that she was "very comfortable" with the advice he would bring forward.


Last Friday, at a press conference in Vancouver, Mr. Butler presented his detailed report which brought to light communication failures, confusion of roles and responsibilities, technological woes and missed opportunities (sounding very much like many other oil spill response reviews worldwide), and made 25 recommendations which the Canadian Coast Guard has said would be put into action immediately* and will no doubt improve the response when inevitably the next spill occurs. Mr. Butler, however, failed to recognize the important role that could have been played by a fully functional centralized coast guard station in Canada's largest port such as the former Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.


Within the report Butler recommends the Canadian Coast Guard ensure it has adequate staff to respond to a major marine pollution incident in any part of its region at any time and that it consider expediting an improved Area Response Plan for the Vancouver region. When asked by Vancouver media if the shuttered Kitsilano Coast Guard Station would have made a difference, the former CCG Assistant Commissioner said he did not believe the additional resources would have played a role. We respectfully disagree with this assessment, as he seemed to do when he also said, "Obviously, the quicker you can boom and contain the source of the oil, the quicker you can get response equipment, the better it is."


The most glaringly significant failure identified in the report was the inability of federal resources to detect the source of this major spill in a timely fashion. Despite the early, prolonged presence of a reliable on scene witness, it took 12 hours to eventually identify the source of the spill and install a containment boom around it.


A Port Metro Vancouver patrol vessel was the first federal resource in English Bay to make contact with "Hali", the sailboat that made the initial report of a 200 square metre sheen on the water, which the PMV crew assessed as unrecoverable.


While Mr. Butler's report mentions that there was a second sailboat report of a 250M by .5KM slick 15 minutes after the first, he neglected to interview the skipper, Rob O'Dea, who waited in the area of Marathassa for 3 hours for a coast guard vessel to arrive on scene so he could direct them to the source of the spill. Prior to the closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in 2013 this likely would have been the fire engine red CCG cutter Osprey, easily identified from a distance and recognized by most local mariners.


In an interview with CKNW's Shane Woodford, Mr O'Dea said "Oh, it was absolutely clear where it was coming from, with the way the winds and the currents were, everything was emanating from the stern of the Marathassa; it absolutely, clearly was coming directly from there. I can't imagine any situation, other than showing up in the dark, that they wouldn't have been able to ascertain exactly where the oil was coming from." According to the report, the first CCG responders did not arrive until after dark, after sailor O'Dea and his crew departed, hours after the alarm had been sounded, they were unable to detect the source, and the fuel continued spilling into English Bay well into the next day.  Shane's Audio Report 


The Marathassa at Anchorage 12 was within sight of the former Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. Had it not been closed their crews could have been on scene, in contact with O'Dea within 10 minutes of his report and easily identified the source. Former CCG Environmental Response Officer Tony Toxopeus, who served at the station, has said that it had the equipment and trained staff to have a spill containment boom around the Marathassa within an hour. Sorry Mr. Butler, but there is no doubt the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station would've "played a role" and kept this spill from contaminating Vancouver's beaches and marine environment to the extent that it did


Mr. Butler for some reason chose not to interview or report on Mr O'Dea; who just happened to sail right into the middle of a local coastal environmental emergency and became a key witness to the actual spill event and its ineffective Canadian Coast Guard response; for an otherwise very thorough and "robust" review. Was this information intentionally omitted from the independent review to avoid making Commissioner Thomas; who spearheaded the closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station to save just $700K annually, and in the wake of the spill, even denied it had any pollution response capability; uncomfortable?




*We encourage DFO Minister Gail Shea to reactivate the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station as a first measure toward implementing Mr. Butler's 25 recommendations. We'll have more on this next week, but in the meantime encourage readers to send an email to Minister Shea supporting this measure. 

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, by email at, 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.

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: 

Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series - August 13  

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 August 13. For more info paddle over to the Wavechaser webpage.
Volunteer Crew Wanted: To help with scorekeeping, photography & BBQ.

Vancouver Water Restrictions Stage 3:  



  "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


Jericho Racing  - Sunday Racing This Weekend: 



Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays @ 1230H
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:








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 -


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!


The Jericho Folk Club presents
Mary Armitage with Tom & Ellen
Tuesday August 11
Something different this week--two feature acts and no open stage.
Doors open 7:15 with a Fiddle Tunes Session
Mary Armitage at 7:45
Another Session at 8:30
Tom Rawson & Ellen van der Hoeven at 9:00



A familiar feature at the Princeton Traditional Music Festival, Mary Armitage accompanies herself on guitar and uke, performing both traditional ballads and original songs - all of them spiced with wit and humour fit for a Jericho audience.   Check out more info and some music samples at


Making up the second half of our double feature on August 11, Tom Rawson and Ellen van der Hoeven haul in a bunch of musical instruments to back up a set full of humorous stories, user-friendly songs, and acoustic folk philosophy guaranteed to leave you smiling even while you're singing along.



Rooftop Yoga @ Jericho Sailing Centre with Marni

For beginners to advanced, teens and beyond




MONDAYS  starting August 23

(no class on September 7)

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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