Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationApril 26, 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 April 26, 2017 and beyond:
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Mayday, Mayday - Beach Weather on its Way
After two long soggy months flirting with rainfall records Vancouver spring weather is starting to break through, if only in sunny spurts. Rain or shine, activity at the Jericho Sailing Centre heats up in the month of May as club and school programs launch in earnest and our weekly race programs commence. A reminder to members who are using their craft for the first time this season to take extra time and do a careful pre-launch check - equipment failures are more likely to occur after your craft has been sitting idle for several months. If you are new to the Jericho Sailing Centre, welcome aboard and please plan to join us for an English Bay Safety Seminar, a free 2 hour program designed to make you aware of the dangers present on Vancouver's largest playground and help you avoid some of the "sea disaster" situations that others have encountered as detailed in the Jericho Rescue Team logs. On behalf of the JSCA we'd like to wish all users of the Jericho Sailing Centre a safe and enjoyable beach weather season.          
NO Racing This Weekend
There will be no racing this weekend as we conduct the annual Jericho Rescue Team Training Course.
English Bay Safety Seminar - Next 1 May 1
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.

Weekly Racing Series Starts May 2

Tuesday Nite Racing
Every Tuesday evening from May 2 - September 5 
First start 1815H

Sunday Racing 
Every non-regatta Sunday from May 14 - September 17
First start 1230H

For Jericho Racing Sailing Instructions cruise over to:

For a complete event schedule barge over to:

Jericho Folk Club Tuesdays Starting May 2

The Jericho Folk Club kicks off the 2017 season with the fabulous
Just Duets 
Tuesday, May 2nd

JUST DUETS is Andrea Smith and Dave Lidstone in a musical collaboration of wonderful  sibling-like vocal harmonies with solid guitar accompaniment.  
Their recently released "Rivers & Creeks"  follows a 2007 release called  "Get On Board".  Both these CDs reflect their choice of a repertoire consisting of songs of  life and love that reflect a commitment to social justice, to Canadian roots, and to poetry in song.

Doors open 7:15 with a Fiddle Tunes Session
Open stage 8ish followed by another session
Feature Act 9ish.
Flights of Spring Regatta   May 6 & 7
The first open sailing regatta of the season is the annual Flights of Spring Regatta May 6 & 7. Notice Of Race, Sailing Instructions and Racing Forms are at
Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series               Starts May 11

The Jericho Wavechaser is a 9 race series running every second Thursday from May 11 to Aug 31 off the beaches at the Jericho Sailing Centre.  The races are open to all level of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, and kayak.  This is our 4th season, and we're growing each year!
Courses vary depending on conditions, each race night has a short and a long course.  Race entry is just $5, and for Jericho Sailing Centre members it's free!  Post race nosh and beverages upstairs at The Galley Patio & Grill where racers will receive a 10% discount on race night, catch the sunset from the best patio in the city!

We've got great sponsors providing all kinds of swag and prizes.  We're stoked to have Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres on board to help run the races this year, and check out our sponsor page to see what else we've got in store!  Draw prizes will be awarded after every race.  Top 3 racers in every category will accumulate points (3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd) with a Wavechaser Trophy awarded to the top male and female point getters at the end of the series.

For more info paddle over to:

Jericho Sailing Centre Open House & Sailpast    May 13
Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE
Saturday May 13 Noon-1600H 
The annual Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE is on Saturday, May 13 from Noon-1600H. Bring your landlubber friends, co-workers, neighbours and relatives down to the Centre on that day 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 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.
Jericho Sailing Centre - SOS - Season Opening Sailpast Saturday May 13 1300H 
The first sail past launched from Jericho Beach may have taken place almost three thousand years ago when original inhabitants of this area set their canoes into the Salish sea and left their village behind to discover, hunt, trade and/or pillage. The next sail past from Jericho Beach will be on Saturday, May 13, 2017. All JSCA members are invited to join in as we carry on this longstanding tradition. Sail, paddle, windsurf, row, SUP - whatever you like to do here, come out and do it on Saturday, May 13 at 1300H.

Wetsuit Recycling Bin  @ Jericho
Did your smelly old wetsuit shrink over the winter? Are you planning on discarding it for a newer, more fashionable, better fitting model? If so, don't send it to the landfill. Our new Administrative Assistant, avid sailor and determined recyclist, Maya Tatuch has found a place that recycles smelly old wetsuits into smelly new yoga mats. Just drop your old wetsuit into our onsite bin and smile, knowing it will be recycled. For more info on neoprene yoga mats stretch over to:
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 -
Companionway Sailing Club -    

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

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 Safety/Maintenance person with an ocean recreation background - sealegs.

To qualify for the grant, applicants must be Canadian Citizens under 30 years of age enrolled full time in a post secondary school this term and planning to return full time for the fall session.  We are looking for personable candidates who have a general knowledge of the types of ocean activities supported by the Jericho Sailing Centre. Please send your resume and cover letter 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:

2017 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

The 2017 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, weather permitting.


The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-2030H through May.


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

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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