Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMarch 8, 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 March 8, 2017 and beyond:
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Winter Waning, Really!  2017 JSCA Fees Due April 1

Despite snow laced weather forecasts spring is about to be sprung again in Vancouver, so don't forget  that your 2017 Jericho Sailing Centre Association Membership and Storage fees are due April 1, 2017. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, debit or credit in person during office hours 0930-1800H 7 days a week. Credit card payments can be made by phone (604) 224-4566. 
Please don't pay late! A late fee of $30 will apply to fees paid between April 2-30; a $60 late fee will be applied to late payments received during the month of May, and after that things go from bad to worse and your ship could end up on the craggy rocks of our annual bailiff auction. If you are planning not to store your craft at the Jericho Sailing Centre this year please ensure that you vacate by March 31 and notify the JSCA office so we may bring boats in from our waiting list. Bailiff Auction of unpaid craft July 29 @ Noon.

Many thanks to all of the members who have already paid their fees and included a donation to the JSCA in the bottom section of their invoice.

Member key locks change on April 1. Keys are available to current members for $6.
Jericho Sailing Centre Annual Spring Clean-up

The JSCA encourages all members to participate in the 2017 Jericho Sailing Centre Annual Spring Clean-up by keeping your boat and storage space ship shape and by participating with volunteer work parties in 2017 to help clean up aisle ways and other common space areas. We have recycling bins onsite for the early spring to facilitate compound clean-up; please pitch in. Members can jettison their onsite sorted junk into the recycling bins on the main aisle way anytime or join in on organized volunteer work parties on Sundays: March 19, 26 & April 2 @ 1100H.
Pay Parking @ Jericho Commences April 1
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.

Join a Jericho Affiliated Club 
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 -
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club -    

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

Register for a Jericho School Program

Flocks of new dinghy sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and rowers will take to ocean this spring through Jericho Sailing Centre's affiliated schools commencing in April:

Sail Race Programs Commence April 2

The 2017 Jericho Sail Racing season kicks off on Sunday, April 2 with the first Penguin Cup Race at 11300H. The Penguin Cup Racing Series continues on April 16. We are changing things up a bit by rolling back our start time to 1300H. Depending on participant feedback we may keep this start time for our Sunday Racing program.
Jericho Sailing Centre's weekly racing series commence with the first Tuesday Nite Racing on May 2 @ 1815H followed by the first Sunday Racing on May 7 @ TBA.
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 25 @ 0930H.

For a complete event schedule barge over to:

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  

Summer Jobs - Kayak & Paddleboard Coordinators
The BC Mobility Opportunities Society(sister society of Disabled Sailing Association) is recruiting two program coordinators for the 2017 summer season.   Based at 1495 Ontario Street, Vancouver (adjacent to the Creekside Community Centre), our program offers recreational kayaking and paddleboarding opportunities for adults and children with significant physical disabilities. This position would offer instruction to our clients, as required.
The successful applicant will have stand up paddling and kayaking experience, emergency first aid, Level A CPR and a Canadian Boating License. Having Paddle Canada Basic SUP Skills and the Advanced Flat Water Skills courses and, the Basic Kayak Skills Course would be beneficial. Must be available to work weekends for the entire summer.   Program runs five days a week: Wednesday through Friday, noon to 8:00 p.m.   Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Start date May 17th. End date September 1.   40 hour work week. Competitive wages.
This position may be dependent on the employer receiving funding from Canada Summer Jobs wage subsidy program. Grant restrictions require applicants to have been registered on a full-time basis in the current year, and returning to school on a full-time basis in the fall. He/she must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act.
Please send resume and cover letter to Stephen Hunter, Programs Manager, at

English Bay Safety Seminar
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 43 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 May 1, June 5 & 19, July 17 or August 14. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

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. 

March 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 0930-1800H through March.


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

A Message From My Sea to Sky
Howe Sound is magical. Everyone that lives along its shores has been drawn here by its wild natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and the vibrant communities we call home. However, Howe Sound is under threat from Woodfibre LNG, which proposes to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the previous Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill site located approximately 7 km west-southwest of Squamish.
The Woodfibre LNG project will increase local air pollution, and underwater noise and light pollution will affect salmon migration routes and marine mammals. LNG tanker traffic puts Howe Sound residents at risk, and the potential conflict between recreational sailors and LNG tankers has not been adequately addressed.
My Sea to Sky is aiming to double the number of signatures they have on the Howe Sound Declaration by March 31st, so they can make Woodfibre LNG a provincial election issue. Please sign, and ask your friends to sign the Howe Sound Declaration too.

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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