Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJune 1, 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 June 1, 2016 and beyond:
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This Weekend @ Jericho:     Jericho Classic Regatta
The pinnacle of sailing dinghy racing each year at the Jericho Sailing Centre is the Jericho Classic Regatta which takes place this June 4 & 5 weekend. A longtime fixture on the sailing dinghy regatta circuit in the Pacific Northwest, the Classic draws racers from throughout BC and Washington State. This year the Regatta will be the Canadian Championship for the Tasar Class.

Registration takes place Saturday morning in the Sailor's Lounge between 1000H-1200H. Skippers Meeting will be held at 1200H with racing commencing at 1300H precisely. The last race will be completed by 1600H and dinner will be served at 1700H. Sunday's racing will commence at 1200H.
The entry fee is $35 for single-handed boats and $60 for double-handed boats. Additional dinner tickets are available at registration for $15. Our regular Sunday Racing Program will not be conducted on regatta weekends.

For the Notice of Race gybe over to:

NO Regular Sunday Racing This Weekend 

There will be NO Sunday Racing this weekend as the Jericho Sailing Centre hosts the 2016 Jericho Classic Regatta.  Sunday Racing resumes June 12 @ 1230H.

Sunday racing occurs on every non-regatta Sunday through to September 4.

Jericho Catamaran  
Classic Regatta 
June 18 & 19

Tuesday Nite Racing  
Tuesdays at 1815H through to September 6.    


Interested in trying sail racing?

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:

Low Tide Beach Clean-up    THIS SATURDAY 1100-1300H    
In just over 2 weeks this beach space will once again be covered with paddlers and boats for the 2016 MEC Paddlefest. There are still some remnants of the old wharf present on the beach at lower tide levels so we are inviting everyone, and particulary Vancouver's paddling community, to participate in a shoreline clean-up this Saturday, June 4 between 1100H-1300H. The JSCA will provide tools, gloves and water; please bring footwear suitable for frolicking around in barnacle infested mucky-muck. Sea you there!
2016 MEC Vancouver Paddlefest                  
                                                       Coming  to Jericho June 18

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.


June Regattas @ Jericho

Catamaran Classic             
June 18 & 19

Backpaddling:     Photos of the 2016 Jericho Iron Race
Thanks to Roger Pimenta for this and our cover photo of the 2016 Jericho Iron OC6 races. For more outstanding OC6 race photos check out the complete albums on the Jericho Paddling Club's Facebook page.
A protective sea lion presides over the Point Grey bell can rounding

2016 Wavechaser Paddle Series - Thursday June 9

The next Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series event is Thursday June 9th @ 1900H and every 2nd Thursday after, with the finale on September 1st. For more information and to register, chase over to: 

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 -


Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club

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

Jericho Sailing Centre - School Sign-ups  

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





Dinghy Sailing                     

Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling

Ocean Kayaking                  


"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.
Jericho Folk Club - Tuesday Evenings

The Jericho Folk Club presents
The Chris Ronald Trio 

on Tuesday June 7    
The music of England-born Canadian, Chris Ronald, has been described as a melding of British roots and North American folk. His "keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft" won him a nomination for 'Songwriter of the Year' at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Now signed to Toronto's Borealis Records, Ronald will be joined by John Ellis and Mike Sanyshyn to give an exclusive sneak preview of material from his upcoming forth album.
To listen to a sample of what we might expect go to
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. 
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.
2016 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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

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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