Jericho Sailing Centre Association

August 10, 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 August 10, 2016 and beyond:
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This Saturday @ the Jericho Sailing Centre
  Vancouver SUP Challenge
Vancouver's biggest & best Stand Up Paddleboard race is coming back to the Jericho Sailing Centre this Saturday, August 13.  
Races begin at 1300H with the last race starting at 1800H. 
For more information and to register, stand tall and paddle over to: 
Thanks to Lech Dolecki for these photos and our cover shot. Check out more of Lech's super SUP photos from last year's event at Lech's super SUP photo gallery    

English Bay Safety Seminar       August 15

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 August 15 at
1900H RSVP JSCA office.

Kitsilano Coast Guard Base Officially Re-opened 

R-L Retired former Kits Base Commander, Fred Moxey; MP, Fin Donnelly, Jericho Sailing Centre GM, Mike Cotter; were among the many people who strenuously objected to the closing. Seen here celebrating the re-opening.
photo: Bill Tielman

It unofficially opened back in May and since then has responded to more than 140 marine incidents. The Kitsilano Coast Guard Base was officially reopened this past Monday with all the fanfare and ceremony one might expect in Canada's largest coastal community.  


Despite being the busiest coast guard base in Canada for most of it's 50 year history, the base was closed in 2013 by the previous Conservative government to save $700K annually. Vancouver's coastal community, including many users of the Jericho Sailing Centre, strenuously objected to the closure sending letters, petitions and emails to the Coast Guard in Ottawa, local Conservative MPs and even 8,000 signed form letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, only to be summarily dismissed.


photo_ Fin Donnelly

Justin Trudeau visited the Jericho Sailing Centre in June 2015 and repeated his campaign promise to re-open the base if his party formed the next government. Having learned to sail out of Jericho as a teen, he was familiar with Vancouver's outer harbour and well aware of the importance of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base. The former Jericho sailor is now the Prime Minister of Canada and honoured his campaign promise.


The reopened base will provide expanded capability for emergency response to environmental issues. After the April 2015 Marathassa spill, Coast Guard Commissioner Jody Thomas told Canadians that the previous Kits Base had NO environmental response capability, when in fact, it did. Moving forward, marine environmental emergency response will be enhanced beyond its previous capability. It will also include an emergency response training facility for coastal communities.


Many current and past Canadian Coast Guard members attended the ceremony and all were happy to leave the closure in their wake.    

Prize Burgers @ The Jericho Galley August 19
Hellmann's Burger Route and 94.5 Virgin Radio's street team will be setting up at the Galley for lunch on Friday August 19.
They will be handing out great prizes and gift certificates.
Rum Runner Regatta                   August 20 & 21
The annual Rum Runner regatta is bootlegging back to Jericho on August 20 & 21. For complete event information check out the Notice of Race:

Tasar BC's Regatta                        August 27 & 28
The annual Tasar BC's regatta is coming back to Jericho on August 27 & 28. For complete event information check out the Notice of Race:


Jericho Racing  - Sunday Racing This Weekend: 



Sunday Racing
Non-regatta Sundays @ 1230H
Tuesday Nite Racing
Every Tuesday @ 1815H
Now-September 6

To register for  
Sunday or
Tuesday Nite
Racing programs
tack over to:

For a complete

event schedule

barge over to:


2016 Jericho Events 

Next Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series - August 18

The Jericho Wavechaser takes place out of the Jericho Sailing Centre off the Spanish Bank beaches of Vancouver's south shore.


The race series is run by volunteers from Jericho's paddling community and is only $5 for all paddling classes - no charge for members of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association (annual membership $99). There is a fantastic after race BBQ available to all participants for $5. 


More and more paddlers are discovering how fun the waters off Jericho can be and what an amazing venue the centre is. There is also something about the beach atmosphere that makes the location feel like the Hawaii of Canada. We will have a safety boat at each race and we keep the race course a surprise! Actually, we try to optimize each race to take advantage of the best bumps we can get.  

The Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series is held on every 2nd Thursday with the next one scheduled for August 18. For more info paddle over to the Wavechaser webpage. 
DANGER: NO Swimming or Wading
in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre
There is no swimming permitted between the Jericho Pier and the rock groyne to the east. This area has been designated as a boat launching area by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and is well signed.
The danger of watercraft colliding with swimmers, or a beginner windsurfer dropping their mast on one is obvious to most users of the Jericho Sailing Centre. However, the most serious incident we know of involved someone standing knee deep along the shore whose leg was broken by a Hobie Cat approaching the beach. The shoreline in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre is a dangerous place to wade or allow small children to play. If you see someone breaking the No Swimming rule, or allowing children to play along the shoreline, please bring the danger to their attention or inform the Jericho Office or a member of the Jericho Rescue Team.     
Dogs at the Jericho Sailing Centre
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.

 Jericho Folk Club 
 Tuesday Evenings  
 Everyone Welcome!
The Jericho Folk Club Presents
A Double Feature on August 16
Scott Gould/Ross Douglas

Scott Gould is a Vancouver singer-songwriter, composer, and guitarist. Full of story and image, his songs have been heard on CBC Radio and recently in a Stage Coach production of Peter Pan. He often appears with his wife, singer, Suzanne Morgan.

Ross Douglas is an award winning songwriter and wonderfully entertaining performer with astute songs that blend history, comedy, theatre, and a variety of musical genres in a voice that at times recalls Stan Rogers, Elvis or vaudeville.

Doors open 7:15 with a Fiddle Tunes Session
Scott starts at 8ish
Ross starts at 9ish
No Open Stage tonight 

2016 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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


Service Hours @ Jericho

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



The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-2100H. 


Ocean Schools @ Jericho Sailing Centre 

Jericho Sailing Centre school programs are in full flight for the 2016 season. Dinghy Sailing, windsurfing, ocean kayaking and SUP lesson, rental and season pass gift certificates are available through Jericho Sailing Centre's affiliated schools: 








Sign Up With Jericho Sailing Centre Affiliated Clubs
Join one of the JSCA's Affiliated Clubs
and get access to a fleet of boats
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 -
Companionway Sailing Club -
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club Salish Sea Rowing  
For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to 
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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