Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMarch 9, 2016
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 March 9, 2016 and beyond:
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Spring Ahead!  2016 JSCA Fees Due by April 1
Spring is about to be sprung again in Vancouver so don't forget  that your 2016 Jericho Sailing Centre Association Membership and Storage fees are due April 1, 2016. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, debit or credit in person during office hours 0930-1800H 7 days a week. Credit card payments can be made by phone (604) 224-4566. 
Please don't pay late! A late fee of $30 will apply to fees paid between April 2-30; a $60 late fee will be applied to late payments received during the month of May, and after that things go from bad to worse and your ship could end up on the craggy rocks of our annual bailiff auction. If you are planning not to store your craft at the Jericho Sailing Centre this year please ensure that you vacate by March 31 and notify the JSCA office so we may bring boats in from our waiting list. Bailiff Auction of unpaid craft July 16 @ Noon.

Many thanks to all of the members who have already paid their fees and included a donation to the JSCA in the bottom section of their invoice.

Member key locks change on April 1. Keys are available to current members for $6.
Annual Spring Compound Clean-up & Volunteer Workparties
The JSCA encourages all members to participate in the 2016 Jericho Sailing Centre Compound Beautification Project by keeping your boat and storage space ship shape and by participating with volunteer work parties in 2016 to help clean up aisle ways and other common space areas. We have recycling bins onsite for the early spring to facilitate compound clean-up; please pitch in. Members can jettison their onsite sorted junk into the recycling bins on the main aisle way anytime or join in on organized volunteer work parties on Saturdays: March 12, 19, 26 & April 2 @ 1100H.
Now is a Good time to Climb on Board a Club @ Jericho

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 -
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club -    

For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to

Discover Your Marine Nature - Ocean Schools @ Jericho

Flocks of new dinghy sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and rowers will take to ocean this spring through Jericho Sailing Centre's affiliated schools commencing in April:

2016 Sail Racing Season @ Jericho kicks off March 27
The 2016 Jericho Sail Racing season kicks off on Sunday, March 27 with the first Penguin Cup Race at 1230H. The Penguin Cup Racing Series continues on April 3 & 10.
The first open sailing regatta of the season is the annual Flights of Spring Regatta April 23 & 24.
Jericho Sailing Centre's weekly racing series commence with the first Sunday Racing on May 1 @ 1230H followed by the first Tuesday Nite Racing on May 3 @ 1815H.
Racers are reminded that all competitors must be properly dressed for cold water conditions and that early season racing is not necessarily recommended for inexperienced sailors. Anyone interested in learning to race is encouraged to sign up for the Rookie Racing Seminar on May 29 @ 0930H.

For a complete event schedule barge over to:

Pay Parking Returns to Jericho April 1
To apply for an $83 seasonal (April 1 - September 30) Jericho Beach Park parking pass:
Select seasonal/annual parking
Select Apply for a season pass
Lot Number = #69 Jericho
Requested Start Date: April 1, 2016
Category of parking = season pass
Select number of stalls required
Fill out the form and send. You can pay online with a credit card.
Easy Park will mail the pass to you or you can pick it up at their office.
Your other option is to go to the Easy Park office at 209 - 700 West Pender Street. They will issue your parking pass while you wait. Parking passes are not available through the Jericho Sailing Centre office.

2016 Jericho Wavechaser

The 2016 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series kicks off Thursday May 12th @ 1900H then every 2nd Thursday after with the finale on September 1st. 

2016 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule





The 2016 event schedule is on our website Google Calendar at:


Winter Launch Log




Members who launch from the Jericho Sailing Centre at this time of year are encouraged to stop in at the Jericho office and fill out the Winter Launch Log which outlines your float plan to let people here know you are out there. 

March Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be open 0900H-Sunset on weekends, weather permitting.


The JSCA Office will be open 0930-1800H through March 12 and 0930H-1900H to the end of the month.


Members are encouraged to sign in the Winter Launch Log during office hours prior to launching.

English Bay Safety Seminars
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 42 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 April 18, May 2, June 6 & 20, July 18 or August 15. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

JSCA Members - Join the Jericho Rescue Team
The Jericho Rescue Team is looking for current JSCA members who are physically fit, experienced sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and/or rowers and are interested in developing their seamanship and water safety skills, to volunteer to assist their fellow boaters. The Jericho Rescue Team provides safety and rescue support for all on-water events facilitated by the JSCA. This year our Rescue Team members will provide safety and rescue coverage for the over 90 on-water event days on our 2016 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted on April 16 & 17. We provide training in water safety and seamanship, boat handling, boat rescue and first aid. Course graduates must complete ongoing Rescue Team training including the Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, VHF Radio Licence, emergency first aid and CPR Certification (all provided). If you are interested please contact Andrei or Mike in the Jericho office to discuss your qualification for this program.

Cold Water Recreation

There are many people, particularly Stand Up Paddlers, launching from Jericho Beach these days who are new to cold water ocean recreation. Here are some things they must know about:

Appropriate Attire - Dress for Cold Water Immersion

The water temperature is well below the level where it is safe to recreate without a proper (no shorties) wetsuit or drysuit. People who get into serious trouble at this time of year have often made the mistake of dressing for the air temperature not the water temperature, which is fine until something goes wrong and they suddenly find themselves immersed in the water.


Use Your Head
Significant heat loss is through your head. When you consider that hypothermia is the most significant danger experienced ocean recreationalists face and a neoprene cowling cost $15 at MEC, you don't need a calculator to do the math. A wool toque or hat will also work quite well.


Always Stay with Your Craft
When a sailing dinghy, windsurfer or kayak capsizes they are usually within a couple of swim strokes of their crew. Some craft, particularly SUP's and surf skis, require a safety leash (in good condition and properly attached) as they can easily get away in a capsize situation. Never leave your craft in an emergency situation as it is far easier to spot than a person in the water.

Use the Buddy System

Always sail, paddle, row with someone else, especially in cold water conditions. Let a reliable friend or relative know when and where you are going and when you expect to return. Diligently contact them upon your safe return. If you are launching from Jericho Beach stop in at the JSCA office to let us know when and where you are going and when you expect to return.

Be Aware of Sunset

Recently, JSCA staff have witnessed people launching within a few minutes of sunset. This is a dangerous practice. If something goes wrong for you: equipment failure; changing conditions; fatigue, etc., you are very difficult to find in the dark. Make sure your safety float plan includes plenty of time to get off of the water before sunset.


Here is a link provided by our member Stefan from UBC of his favourite cold water education site:
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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