Jericho Sailing Centre Association

August 19, 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 19, 2015 and beyond:
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This Weekend @ the Jericho Sailing Centre
  F18 Rum Runner Regatta

There once was a time when rum runners avoided Jericho Beach like the plague.

During prohibition in the United States, the flying boat crews of the Jericho Beach Air Station often assisted Canada Customs in their quest to inhibit the illicit flow of demon alcohol to our teetotaler dominated, thirsty southern neighbours.

This weekend the tide turns and the rum runners will be heading north with immunity as the Jericho Sailing Centre hosts the third annual F18 Rum Runner Regatta on the waters of English Bay off of Jericho Beach.

There will be a distance race on Saturday starting at 1230H and the F18 fleet will roll into our regular Sunday Racing program at 1230H on Sunday.

For F18 Rum Runner Regatta Notice of Race smuggle your mouse over to: speakeasy

Regular Sunday Racing this weekend! 

Backpaddling: Vancouver SUP Challenge Photos 

Gathering for the start of the 5km race


Thanks to photographer Lech Dolecki for donating these great photos of last Saturday's Vancouver SUP Challenge including our cover photo of Ocean and Sky Bell Parsons intent on getting a good start in the kid's race.
Father of Ocean & Sky,
Gary Bell Parsons leads a SUP pack
      Next Wavechaser Paddle Series 
            August 27 @ 1900H 
            register online

Ranked #2 in the world, Oahu's Travis Grant demonstrates how to crank a turn at the mark

2015 Vancouver SUP Challenge
             Full Results 

Thanks to Gary Parsons and his awesome volunteer crew, this event keeps getting bigger & better every year.

      Check out Lech Dolecki's full
      2015 Vancouver SUP Challenge
      photo gallery coming to the
      VSC website soon.

Wind Chasing @ Jericho - Two fer Tuesdays 
For the second week in a row Jericho's Tuesday Nite Racing program was disrupted by too much wind; a rarity in August where the doldrums more often prevail. Though a well set race course went unused, the Jericho Rescue Team was out training and got some good practice in as well as a couple of high wind video clips:



Climb on board a windsurfer for a bumpy ride across English Bay in 22+ knots of wind with downtown Vancouver in the background:   


The Tasar BC's are coming to the Jericho Sailing Centre, Sept 12 & 13. If winds exceed 20 knots, these guys will be ready! 
Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series - August 27 

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 last Thursday evening Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series is August 27. The Series Finale will be on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 1100H.  For more info paddle over to the Wavechaser webpage.
Check out Video Action from the
Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series:  
Tasar BC's  Regatta                      September 12 & 13 
BC Tasar

Sailing Centre 

12 &13th
Notice of Race 
 Jericho Folk Club 
 Tuesday Evenings  
 Everyone Welcome!
The Jericho Folk Club presents 
Joe Charron  
on Tuesday, August 25 
Joe Charron is a working class songwriter.  From the factories to the farm, from the back alleys of the city to somewhere down a dirt road,  Joe writes songs about everyday people.  Songs for and from the heart,  songs of joy and sorrow,  songs of hard work and hard play, songs that last.   Call his music country or folk or roots or whatever you choose, but know that it is compelling.  You'll not want to miss this night at Jericho.  

Doors open 7:15 with a Fiddle Tunes Session
Open stage 7:45
Another Session 8:30
Feature Act 9:00
Rooftop Yoga @ Jericho Sailing Centre with Marni


Rooftop YOGA at Jericho Sailing Centre
(all levels welcome)
               Mondays 24 Aug - 5 Oct* or Wednesdays 26 Aug - 30 Sept       
     6:30 - 7:15 a.m. or 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. 
     $72 for one 6-week session   $16 drop-in fee
email to register
                                                         *no class Sept 7 


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.



Notice of AGM
Jericho Sailing Centre Association
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 27 at 1900H
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 42nd Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2014/2015 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.
Call for Nominations
Voting will take place to elect eight members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors.The J.S.C.A. Board meets once a month to set policy and determine Jericho's direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 13.   The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.   For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email
Special Resolution
The following Special Resolution was approved by the Board of Directors to update the list of JSCA affiliated member groups contained within JSCA's Constitutional Bylaws:
Proposed Amendment By-law I-8
"That the following clubs, co-ops and fleets be recognized as the Jericho Sailing Centre Association's affiliated members' groups: Disabled Sailing Association; Companionway Sailing Club; Discovery Sailing Club; Hobie Fleet #214; Jericho Paddling Club; Laser Fleet; Locarno Sailing Club; Sea Dragon Sea Scouts; Tasar Fleet; Tornado Fleet; UBC Old Boys Rugby Club; UBC Sailing Club; Viking Sailing Club; Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club Vancouver."
Existing Bylaw I-8
"That the following clubs, co-ops and fleets be recognized as the Jericho Sailing Centre Association's affiliated members' groups: Disabled Sailing Association; Canadian Hostelling Association; Companionway Sailing Club; Corsairs Sailing Club; Discovery Sailing Club; Hobie Fleet #214; International 14 Fleet; Jericho Outrigger Canoe Club; Laser Fleet; Locarno Sailing Club; Sea Dragon Sea Scouts; Tasar Fleet; Tornado Fleet; UBC Old Boys Rugby Club; UBC Sailing Club; Viking Sailing Club."
Rowing Lessons Available To The Public
Club Locarno offers introductory and advanced rowing lessons to both members and the public. We have special rowing programs for youth (15 - 18), adults and masters (55+) starting as low as $72 for club members and $100 to $175 for the general public. When you have fallen in love with rowing, join us and get access to our boats whenever you wish (weather conditions permitting). Club Locarno has an amazing fleet of 11 high performance boats for all skill levels, valued at over $60,000. As a non-profit club, all member dues go towards buying and maintaining the best equipment for you to enjoy! Come spend the summer (and winter!) with us, get fit, have fun and be happy!
  Learn more and signup at and check out their rowing video link at:  

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. 


Boats Must Be Stored in Proper Locations 

Please ensure your craft is stored in the correct location. All rack craft decals must match the number of the storage space. Lately, we have detected several craft stored in the wrong space. If you are returning your craft and find someone else in your space please ask the office to assist you and refrain from just putting your boat in a convenient vacant space, which tends to cause a chain reaction affecting multiple member craft.

Vancouver Water Restrictions- NO Boat Washing

Rainwater Now Available for Light Rinsing    

Metro Vancouver has activated Stage 3 of the Water Shortage Response Plan. Boat washing from the city source is PROHIBITED and the JSCA is asking all users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to comply.

HOWEVER; the JSCA has started to collect rainwater and encourages users to rinse their craft, particularly parts that are vulnerable to sand and salt corrosion.

Going forward the JSCA is looking at ways to get our boat washing stations "off the grid" by collecting, storing and utilizing rainwater. Our Planning and Operations Committee will be considering ways and means of doing this and we invite all members to join in on the conversation. Next Planning meeting is Sept 29 at 1900H. 
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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