Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMay 11, 2016
in the wind
Serving Vancouver's Ocean Community
Since 1974 
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 May 11, 2016 and beyond:
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2016 Wavechaser Paddle Series Starts This Thursday May 12

The 2016 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series kicks off this Thursday May 12th @ 1900H then every 2nd Thursday after with the finale on September 1st. For more information and to register, chase over to: 

Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE This Saturday May 14 12-4pm 

Bring your landlubber friends, co-workers, neighbours and relatives down to the Jericho Sailing Centre this Saturday between Noon and 1600H 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.



SOS Jericho Sailing Centre Season Opening Sail Past
This Saturday at 1300H
A centuries old sailing tradition, the "Sail Past" originated when ships amassed prior to naval conflict and sailed past the Admiral's vessel to salute him/her, pledging their allegiance and hoping to pass inspection. Despite a happy lack of recent naval conflict, the world wide boating tradition continues to this day, supported by the superstitious, mariner notion that good luck and good weather accompanies all vessels and crew who participate.
The Jericho Sailing Centre Season Opening Sailpast (SOS) is important to you, good member, to ensure that all of your ocean excursions this 2016 season are blessed with favourable weather.

At Jericho, we consider the word "Sailing" to be the verb, meaning "travel over water" which is inclusive of all small naturally powered craft native to this shore. All Jericho Members and guests are invited to sail, paddle, windsurf, row, SUP, whatever you like to do here, past our flagship, the Albatross, to salute our Commodore and crew on Saturday, May 14 between 1300H and 1400H.

The SOS is also an important part of the Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE as it gives our visiting landlubber friends an opportunity to see the Jericho Sailing Centre in action - rain or shine please come out and share your Jericho spirit.

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 -


Companionway Sailing Club -


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

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 - 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                  


Sunday Racing This Weekend 

2016 Sunday Racing series continues this Sunday @ 1230H. Sunday racing occurs on every non-regatta Sunday through to September 4. Our Tuesday Nite Racing program continues every Tuesday at 1815H through to September 6.    


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
"J" Buoy Marks Safe Passage Past the Jericho Pier

In order to avoid unpleasant interactions with fishers on the Jericho Pier we have positioned a new white striped orange can buoy just out of (wind assisted) crab trap throwing range off the NE corner of the pier. We recommend that users of the Jericho Sailing Centre not pass between the Jericho Pier and "J" Buoy.
Dogs @ Jericho
This unhappy dog was very vocal about being left tied to the main ocean gate post for half an hour while his owner enjoyed ice cream at the Galley. Other Centre users did not enjoy his music.
Did you know that dogs are not supposed to be tied up and left in public places? There must be a competent person on the other end of the leash; a post or other object does not qualify. Over the years some people have actually left their dogs tied up on shore at the Jericho Sailing Centre and gone out on the water. Unhappy dogs have vocalized their abandonment sentiments and that adversely affects the right to enjoyment of others. Recently a passerby was bitten by a such a dog while the owner was out on the water. In future, dogs left abandoned on shore will be reported to Vancouver Animal Control. People who need to tether their dogs for short periods: washroom visits, lunch at the Galley, etc are asked to not leave their dog unattended for long periods and tether them in such away as to not inhibit normal use of the Centre-such as: rescue boat trailers, base of stairs, launch winch, etc. Please be considerate of other users and understand, if your dog is vocally unhappy you are infringing upon the rights of others to enjoy our facility. Dogs, even leashed dogs, are not permitted on the beach or in the Jericho Sailing Centre building.

For more information on Dog Owner Training, woof over to:
*If you do launch with your favourite sea dog please remember to outfit her/him with a properly designed PFD.
Ocean Safety Bulletin - Wind Frequently Shuts Off Abruptly
Photo by: Sylvia Jordi
If wind fuels your craft, you should be aware of the time of sunset as the wind frequently shuts off abruptly within the last hour of daylight. Sailing dinghies are required by law to carry a paddle for this very purpose. Never sail further away from Jericho in the evening than you would like to paddle.

FREE - English Bay Safety Seminars                next one June 6  

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


Jericho Folk Club - Tuesday Evenings

The Jericho Folk Club presents

on Tuesday May 17  
Featuring Lambroula Pappas, Michele Carlisle and Britta Curkovic, the Caelestra Trio performs what must be described as a full-spectrum folk experience. Beautiful singing complemented by deftly played instruments under the banner of "Celtic & medieval folk music" is only part the story. Come on down to Jericho and see how the evening becomes Caelestra.

Doors open 7:15 with a Fiddle Tunes Session
Open stage 8:00 followed by another session
Feature Act 9:15

Check out for information about changes to our open stage sign-up and for an overview of the 2016 line-up. 
2016 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

The 2016 event schedule is on our website Google Calendar at:
The Disabled Sailing Association of BC is recruiting one sailing instructor for the 2016 summer season. Based at Jericho Sailing Centre, our program offers recreational and competitive sailing opportunities for adults and children with significant physical disabilities.   This position would provide recreational sailing, with instruction as required, to sailors with disabilities.
Must have advanced sailing skills, emergency first aid and CPR, and pleasure craft operator's card.   Can Sail Instructor course 1 and 2 certification an asset. Proven sailing experience a must.   Strong communication skills required and the ability to work in a team environment.   Start date May 18th. End date August 28th. Must be available to work the entire summer, including weekends.   40-hour work week (Wednesday through Sunday). Competitive wages. Experience working with volunteers helpful.
Please send resume and cover letter to Joanne Houser, Personnel Manager, at
For program information, visit
Interviewing will be ongoing until the position is filled.

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.  

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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