Jericho Sailing Centre Association

October 23, 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 October 23, 2015 and beyond:
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Trudeau Takes The Helm
           Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Re-righted
A member of Vancouver's media contacted the Jericho Sailing Centre the morning following Justin Trudeau's sensational sail to victory Monday, to ask us if we thought he would follow through on his campaign promise to reopen the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.

Justin learned to sail at the Jericho Sailing Centre as a youngster: yes, the Canadian Prime Minister Elect is a certified Vancouver Water Rat*. When he visited the Centre last June he shared fond memories of his grandparents bringing him to Jericho and learning to sail here. He said he fell in love with the marine environment and that he was struck even then by the amount of marine traffic through the Port and how he liked to sail right up to those huge ships at anchor, in his Optimist dinghy. As a Vancouver teacher he continued to sail from Jericho, renting Lasers from our sailing school. He said he had a strong appreciation for the importance of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in protecting the millions of people who travel, work and recreate on Vancouver's ocean as well as protecting our treasured marine environment. He promised me then, face to face, as he promised millions of Canadians, that if his party formed the next government of Canada, reopening the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station would be one of their priorities; I knew then that I liked the cut of his jib.

I do believe that Justin Trudeau will fulfill his priority promise; and the Kits Coast Guard Station will resume operations not long after the dust settles on the changing of the guard at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. I believe his government will be much better stewards of our ocean environment and that going forward the economic prosperity of Port Metro Vancouver will only go hand in hand with evolving environmental protection.

Time will tell if Justin's sunny ways and maritime background will propel us to his vision of a better Canada that we all can share in the future, but one should always keep in mind, when observing young people communing with nature and recreating out on Vancouver's ocean playground from the Jericho Sailing Centre: one of them could some day become the Prime Minister of Canada.
*Water Rats Learn to Sail was the name of JSCA contracted school prior to MacSailing coming onboard.
Jericho Racing - This Sunday                     

Penguin Cup Racing 
  October 25
Racing Awards &
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner                    
Jericho programs rely heavily on
our hearty crew of volunteers

All members are invited to attend the annual JSCA Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, October 25 at 1700H. Tickets are $10 and available in the JSCA office up until Saturday, October 24. There will be a slideshow presentation and awards bestowed upon our notable racers and volunteers. As our way of showing appreciation for our volunteers, they receive complementary tickets. If you volunteered for the JSCA in 2015 and haven't received your invitation please contact the JSCA office.
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.
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."
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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