Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationApril 27, 2016
in the wind
Serving Vancouver's Ocean Community for 42 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 27, 2016 and beyond:
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TRAFFIC ADVISORY- Roads to Jericho Park Closed
Sunday, MAY 1 0930-1230H - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Jericho Park will be closed to vehicle traffic between 0930H-1230H on Sunday, May 1. Many other city streets that Jericho Sailing Centre users use to drive to Jericho Park will also be closed for a portion of that day. For a complete list of road closures and times, jog over to:

Annual Flights of Spring Regatta  THIS Weekend
The first open sailing regatta of the season is the annual Flights of Spring Regatta this weekend April 30 & May 1.
For the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and Registration Form, tack over to:

Kitsilano Coast Guard Station
      Re-opening this Weekend Not What You Might Be Expecting
Vancouver's Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, the busiest Coast Guard Station in Canada before it was closed in 2013, will re-open this Sunday, May 1st, 2016, but not as people in Vancouver are expecting it to.

May 1st will only be the initial phase as the inflatable inshore rescue boat "CCG#506", which has operated the past 3 summers from Deadman Island in Coal Harbour with a CCG Coxswain and 2 students on each shift, will be re-stationed to Kits. It will be re-named "Kitsilano 1", as it's predecessor rubber boat at the station was, and be crewed by regular Canadian Coast Guard crew members. Following phases are expected to include the additions of an environmental pollution response vessel and an all weather cutter similar to the Osprey, which was stationed at Kits for many years. When these phases will be completed or details on the final station inventory is a fuzzy mystery which the Canadian Coast Guard in Ottawa is not sharing with Canadians.

If an incident similar to the April 8 & 9, 2015 Marathassa fuel spill were to occur in English Bay May 1, 2016 the KItsilano Coast Guard Station would be no more capable of mounting an emergency environmental response than it could in 2015 when it was closed. Up until it closed in 2013 the station could have provided an emergency environmental response to Marathassa that would have prevented bunker C fuel from polluting and closing Metro Vancouver beaches and the local fishery for more than a month. Our local ocean is precious whale habitat and requires better Canadian Coast Guard protection.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not back paddling on his election promise to re-open the station. He gave Department of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo a specific mandate to re-open Kitsilano station and his government backed up that commitment by providing a $23 million budget to re-open it and operate it for the next 5 years. (the station was closed to save a claimed $700K a year). Adequate funding to procure: an environmental pollution response vessel and the right equipment to button up a ship like the Marathassa within an hour with capable crew; and, a Coast Guard rated all weather SAR vessel capable of reaching and operating in places like the BC Ferries route on a dark and stormy night in the middle of a Pacific coastal winter when the CCG hovercraft from Sea Island capabilities are severely limited.

The problem appears to be that, while the mandate has changed, the Coast Guard Commissioner in Ottawa is the same person who recommended the closure of Kits in the first place, and then, in the wake of the bumbling CCG response to the Marathassa spill, flat out lied, telling Vancouverites that the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station had no environmental response capability and wouldn't have made one iota of difference had it remained open. Remember this picture of the environmental pollution response vessel stationed at Kits which surfaced in the wake of that statement? An inconvenient truth. Take what the Commissioner tells you with a hearty grain of sea salt.

Six months after Canadians decisively changed the course of our country, the Canadian Coast Guard in Ottawa has been far too slow to change tacks-not a good quality for an organization tasked to respond to human and environmental emergencies on the ocean. Re-opening the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station on May 1 equipped with little more than the Deadman Island IRB summer student station is simply bureaucratic heel dragging by someone at the helm who really isn't that interested in seeing it open.

Landlubber Spring arrived early in Vancouver this year, but the ocean is still hypothermia wintery cold. More and more people are heading out on the water, increasing ship and other vessel traffic continues to swell environmental and navigational risks, and, starting May 1, the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station is still not where it needs to be to meet the needs of Vancouver's marine environment. Canada is a big country. Sometimes it takes a little longer for the changing season to arrive in Ottawa. Hopefully the change arrives in time. 

Weeky Race Programs Commence May 3 

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:

Racers Please Register! Registration Changes
If you are racing in any Jericho series event, please register. When you register your name will show in the race results, and you will be included in the series results. To register online, go to and follow the links.
Sailors can register for one event, a date range, or the whole season. If you always sail the same boat, please register for the season. Paddlers have to register separately for each Wavechaser Paddle Series event.
Sailors can register after an event by clicking a "Register" button in the event results, beside their sail number. To edit a registration, use the "Add or remove a competitor" button below the results.
Please try to avoid creating duplicate names when you register. If you enter "Jim Clark" when you meant "Jim Clarke", this will create a new person in the scoring system. Please check the drop down list of names before you type in a new name. If you are registering someone else, please be sure you have their correct name.
The system will now look for similar sounding names (e.g. Clark and Clarke). If you enter a name that is similar to another name in the system, it will ask you which name you want to use. Please choose the correct name!
Unfortunately, the system won't catch all similar names, and it definitely won't know that M Smith, Mick Smith, Mike Smith and Michael Smith are probably all the same person. So please, once you have registered, be careful not to register again with a different name. If you find you are registered with more than one name, please delete the registrations with names you don't want to use, and replace them using the name you do want.
If you have any problems, or find errors, please contact me at
Richard Spencer
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. 

Ocean Safety Bulletin - Be Aware and Keep Well Clear of Ships  
All users of English Bay should be aware of ships and ship movements in these waters. Ships traveling through English Bay average 200m long, are deceptively fast, have limited maneuverability and take a great distance to stop. In addition to these features, they have a very large blind spot in front of them. They don't just stay in the shipping lane along the north shore to and from the First Narrows, they often move to and from the anchorages in English Bay.

The red line in the photo above represents the line of sight of the bridge crew, and pilot on board, over the ship's bow. Any vessel that enters the area below their line of sight becomes invisible to them and requires them to take action. In this situation a couple of weeks ago as the ship was approaching an anchorage northeast of Jericho, they sounded multiple horns until the sailing dinghy crossed through the blind spot and reappeared off their port bow quarter. The VPD Marine vessel R.G. McBeath attended the scene, spoke to the sailors and their lesson was learned.

Two summers ago, a similar encounter occurred right in the shipping lane. In that instance the dinghy tried to gybe in the blindspot, was affected by the wind shadow of the ship and capsized. The ship was put into full reverse and the anchor was dropped to avoid colliding with the dinghy. Fortunately, their decisive actions prevented a collision.  

Regulations require that all non-commercial vessels shall keep well clear of commercial - every skipper should should be aware of this and give commercial vessels a wide berth.  

FREE - English Bay Safety Seminars                next one May 2 

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 May 2, June 6 & 20, July 18 or August 15. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.


Canadian Olympic Sailing Team Members @ Jericho May 8 
Nikola & Luke at the Nacra 17 Worlds
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 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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

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, the Jericho Rescue Team and Vancouver Lifeguard Society will be doing rescue demonstrations, 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.


Jericho Sailing Centre - School Sign-ups  

 Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing/SUP and Ocean Kayaking Schools at the Jericho Sailing Centre have regular lesson programs in May. For full Season Pass, Rental or Lesson information and registration click the link below:


Dinghy Sailing                      

Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling

Ocean Kayaking                  


Discover Rowing on 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 at the Jericho Sailing Centre Open House on Saturday, May 14 from 1300-1500H.  Join us for a morning row in the Quad, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Membership is $250 for the 2016/2017 season.

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 -        


UBC Sailing Club-    


Viking Sailing Club -


Discovery Sailing Club -


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

May 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 0930-2030H commencing May 3. 

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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