Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationFebruary 16, 2017
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 February 16, 2017 and beyond:
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THIS WEEKEND: UBC Sea to Sky Inter-Collegiate Regatta

The first sailing event of 2017 kicks off from the Jericho Sailing Centre this weekend, February 18 & 19 as the UBC Thunderbirds Sailing Sport Club hosts the 2017 Sea to Sky Inter-Collegiate Regatta. This year, there will be 61 sailors participating on Vancouver's largest playground: 9 from UBC, 17 from University of Victoria, 16 from University of Washington, 16 from Western Washington University, and 4 from University of Puget Sound.

The Sea to Sky Regatta is one of two opportunities to watch UBC's sailors compete on home turf at Jericho Sailing Centre. The second will be the NWICSA Women's Championships, (a qualifying regatta for ICSA Women's Nationals), on April 1 & 2.

For more info on the Sea to Sky and the UBC Thunderbirds Sailing Sport Club gybe over to 
By now you should have received your email invoice for 2017 Jericho Sailing Centre Association Membership and Storage. The invoices are not due until April 1, however, you will receive a 2% discount if you pay before February 28.
For your convenience Visa or MasterCard payments can be made over the phone (604)224-4566. If you haven't received your email invoice please contact the office asap.
If you are not planning to renew with us in 2017 please notify the office when you vacate (prior to March 31) so that we may assign your space to another member.
If you sell your craft and wish to transfer your space to the new owner you must inform the office in writing.

Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club AGM

Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club 3rd Annual General Meeting this Sunday, February 19 at 1600H in the Sailor's Lounge of the Jericho Sailing Centre
Volunteer for the Waterways Liveaboard Homeless Survey
On Wednesday, March 8, The Metro Vancouver Homeless Count* will take a snapshot of homelessness throughout our region. For the first time, this year's count will assess homeless individuals who may be living aboard vessels, 'Liveaboard homelessness'.
Teams of volunteers in marked powerboats will travel the waterways of our regions to search out, meet and interview 'Liveaboards' and complete a survey questionnaire.
If you would like to volunteer for the Waterways Survey, you must be:
  • 19 years of age or older
  • available Wednesday, March 8 for a four-hour shift
  • can attend a 2-hour evening training session in mid-February
  • have excellent on-water experience
  • are comfortable traveling in small open powerboats, wearing a survival suit
    or own a drysuit and non-inflatable PFD
  • can handle early Spring weather and water conditions
  • are up to the challenge of searching out, meeting and interviewing the Liveaboard population
To become a volunteer or to receive more information, please contact the 2017 Homeless Count Waterways Survey Coordinator, Eric Schwartz at C.604.724.7589 or by email at
*The Metro Vancouver Homeless Count provides critical information on our region's homeless population. Service providers, planners, community groups, health authorities, municipalities, and funders use information from the Homeless Counts to assist in policy development, planning, and prioritizing programs and services to address the needs of people who are homeless.

BC Sailing Club Race Officer Training            April 29 & 30
The Club Race Officer (CRO) course covers the duties of a Race Officer in charge of a race course, including organization, setting courses, starting, controlling events throughout the race and finishing procedures. Prior experience on a race committee, or a racing experience is beneficial.

Jericho Sailing Centre, NE meeting room
Cost: $50, includes 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing and Join the Race Committee books
Time: 9:30-4:30, 1 hr break for lunch (not included)
Instructors: John Culter, IRO, Paul Evenden, RRO
Register with Jericho Sailing Centre,
Minimum participants: 8
Maximum Participants: 16

Student Summer Job @ Jericho Sailing Centre
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association has a student employment grant position available and is inviting qualified candidates to apply for the position. We are looking for a Secretary/Receptionist who is enrolled full time in a post secondary school this term and is planning to return full time for the fall session. To qualify for the grant, applicants must be Canadian Citizens under 30 years of age. We are looking for a personable candidate who has a general knowledge of the types of ocean activities supported by the Jericho Sailing Centre. Please send your resume and cover letter to  

Jericho Rescue Team Training Course
The Jericho Rescue Team is looking for current JSCA members who are physically fit, confident, experienced sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and/or rowers and are interested in further developing their seamanship and water safety skills, to volunteer to assist their fellow boaters. The Jericho Rescue Team provides safety and rescue support for all on-water events facilitated by the JSCA. This year our Rescue Team members will provide safety and rescue coverage for the over 80 on-water event days on our 2017 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted on April 29 & 30. We provide training in water safety and seamanship, boat handling, boat rescue and first aid. Course graduates must complete ongoing Rescue Team training including the Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, VHF Radio Licence, emergency first aid and CPR Certification (all provided). If you are interested please contact Andrei or Mike in the Jericho office to discuss your qualification for this program.

2017 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

The 2017 event schedule is on our website Google Calendar at:


Winter Launch Log




Members who launch from the Jericho Sailing Centre at this time of year are encouraged to stop in at the Jericho office and fill out the Winter Launch Log which outlines your float plan to let people here know you are out there. 

February Service Hours @ Jericho

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


The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1700H through February.


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

Arrange Your Season Parking Pass for Jericho
Pay Parking will be in effect in Jericho Beach Park from April 1 through October 31. Hourly rates will be $3.25; daily rates will be $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.

Batten Down the Hatches!  

More Pacific Storms Heading Our Way

Every "off season" vicious wind storms rip through the Jericho Sailing Centre compound looking for loose tarps, boat covers and poorly stowed gear. When they find a loose tarp they can turn a docile hibernating boat into a flying projectile which can cause damage to neighbouring craft. Members are responsible for ensuring they have "battened down the hatches" on their equipment stored at the Jericho Sailing Centre. If your boat causes damage to neighbouring craft you can be held liable. We encourage you to check your craft regularly year round (particularly before & after gnarly windstorms), remove any parts or equipment that can be easily removed (most thefts occur between Oct.-April) and make sure water doesn't collect inside your hull (if it freezes and expands it can cause major damage).

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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Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. V6R 4L9 Canada