Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationApril 8, 2016
in the wind
Serving Vancouver's Ocean Community for 40 Years 
February 13, 2014
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 April 8, 2016 and beyond:
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Sharing Vancouver's Natural Aquarium with Whales

Paddlers, windsurfers, dinghy sailors, seals, rowers; all the usual local sea mammals, have had to happily give way over the past week to a pod of humpback whales and their chaperoning fleet of sea lions in the waters of Vancouver. Many people who've launched from the Jericho Sailing Centre have returned to shore swapping sea stories of epic whale encounters upon the Salish Sea. Sharing the bay with these magnificent creatures is truly an awe inspiring experience.

A reminder to all Jericho users: you must stay at least 100m away (that's about half the length of the average ship anchored in English Bay) plenty close enough to feel the connection to your fellow sea mammal. There have also been regular sightings from the Jericho Pier and the Galley Patio & Grill.

For more info. on these and other local sea mammals, the Vancouver Aquarium is an excellent resource; breech over to: wild whales

Thanks to the Jericho Paddling Club
for these whale photos
Discover the Salish Sea from Jericho 
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club is the newest member to the Jericho Sailing Centre; a club for rowers, by rowers!  You've probably seen the EuroDiffusion Quad against the fence at the North end of the compound and thought ; this would be wonderful!'. 
Are you a rower? interested in competitive, adventure rows this summer? Keen to be part of a fledgling organization?
Check us out!  Join us for a morning row in the Quad, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Membership is $250 for the 2016/2017 season.

Laser Vision: MacSailing Looking for Lasers   








MacSailing would like to expand its laser fleet. If you aren't sailing yours very much but would still like to go for the occasional sail, donate your laser to MacSailing and receive a 'season's pass' for two years. The pass lets you sail a MacSailing boat for the season. Contact MacSailing at 604-224-7245 or

Jericho Racing - Penguin Cup Racing  THIS SUNDAY

The Penguin Cup Racing Series continues this Sunday, April 10 & concludes on Sunday, April 24.


The first open sailing regatta of the season is the annual Flights of Spring Regatta April 30 & May 1.

(Please note; this date has changed from the previous schedule) 



Jericho Sailing Centre's weekly racing series commence with the first Tuesday Nite Racing on May 3 @ 1815H followed by the first

Sunday Racing on May 8 @ 1230H.   



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 June 26 @ 0930H.


For a complete event schedule barge over to:

UBC Sailing Club brings Kon Tiki to Jericho 



UBC Sailing Club is hosting a movie night at the Jericho Sailing Centre on Friday, April 15 and you are invited. Come and see Kon Tiki, a Hollywood remake of the original Oscar winning 1948 documentary. It's an ocean adventure film about one man proving his scientific theory by crossing the Pacific in a balsa wood raft-it'll shiver your balsa timers!
The Galley will be open for food and drinks for this event.

Watch the Tiki trailer.

Where: Jericho Sailing Centre, Burrard Room
When: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:30pm
Who: All (public) are welcome!

Canadian Olympic Sailing Team Members @ Jericho  
Nikola & Luke at the Nacra 17 Worlds
Recently qualified Canadian Nacra 17 Olympic Team members Nikola Girke and Luke Ramsay are hosting a Q&A session with interested racers at the Jericho Sailing Centre on Sunday, May 8, 1600H-1700H. (right after Sunday racing).
The 2016 Rio Olympics bound sailors will interactively discuss race prep, strategies, Olympics, and other stuff racers can relate to. They are actively fundraising to raise funds for the last few months of training and equipment requirements, so attendees are asked to donate a minimum of $20 each at the event.
For more info. on Nikola & Luke's crowd funding campaign, barge over to:

2016 Wavechaser Paddle Series Starts May 12

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:

Jericho Sailing Centre - School Sign-ups in April

 Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing/SUP and Ocean Kayaking Schools at the Jericho Sailing Centre started tip toeing out of hibernation in March and find their full on sea legs in April & May. For full Season Pass, Rental or Lesson information and registration click the link below:


Dinghy Sailing                      

Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling

                                                  Ocean Kayaking                  


Jericho Sailing Centre - Sign Up With Our Affiliated Clubs

 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:






Club Locarno -  OPEN HOUSE April 9 @ 1100H           


UBC Sailing Club-    


Viking Sailing Club -


Discovery Sailing Club -


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

FREE - 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 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 could 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.


April Service Hours @ Jericho

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



The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1830H through April. 


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

Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE & Sailpast May 14


Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE May 14 Noon-1600H 

The annual Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE is on Saturday, May 14 from Noon-1600H. Bring your landlubber friends, co-workers, neighbours and relatives down to the Centre on that day to check out all of the ocean access opportunities available to them. Our schools, clubs and fleets will be on hand with sign-up information and displays, there will be plenty of activity on the water and guests will receive member discounts on purchases in the Galley Patio & Grill.


Jericho Sailing Centre - SOS - Season Opening Sailpast May 14 1300H 

The first sail past launched from Jericho Beach may have taken place almost three thousand years ago when original inhabitants of this area set their canoes into the Salish sea and left their village behind to discover, hunt, trade and/or pillage. The next sail past from Jericho Beach will be on Saturday, May 14, 2016. All JSCA members are invited to join in as we carry on this longstanding tradition. Sail, paddle, windsurf, row, SUP - whatever you like to do here, come out and do it on Saturday, May 14 at 1300H.


Pay Parking Annual Passes Available   

Pay Parking is now in effect in Jericho Beach Park through October 31. Hourly rates are $3.25; daily rates are $11. Season parking passes are available through EasyPark for $83.


To apply for a parking pass

Go to

Select monthly/season parking

Select Apply online

Lot Number = #69 Jericho

Select start month (April) and date (1)

Category of parking = season pass

Fill out the form and send

Easy Park staff will contact you for payment.


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.

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:
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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