Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMay 3, 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 May 3, 2017 and beyond:
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Traffic Advisory
Roads to Jericho Park Closed This Sunday May 7 0915-1215H
Jericho Park will be closed to vehicle traffic between 0915H-1215H on Sunday, May 7 for the annual Vancouver Marathon. Many other city streets that Jericho Sailing Centre users use to drive to Jericho Park will also be closed for a portion of that day. For a complete list of road closures and times, jog over to:
Flights of Spring Regatta   May 6 & 7
The first open sailing regatta of the season is the annual Flights of Spring Regatta this weekend, 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.

Weekly Jericho Racing Series
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
There will be NO regular Sunday Racing this weekend as Jericho hosts the Flights of Spring Regatta

For Jericho Racing Sailing Instructions cruise over to:

For a complete event schedule barge over to:

English Bay Safety Seminar - Next one June 5
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 June 5 & 19, July 17 or August 14. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

Jericho Folk Club Tuesday Evenings

The Jericho Folk Club Presents 
A Double Feature on May 9 
Arnt Arntzen: From Jericho Beach to Manhatten Island 
The East Van Jug Band

Arnt Arntzen has been involved with music from a young age, mostly learning from his immediate and extended family. Arnt started on Guitar, but is now also known as a Plectrum Banjo player and singer, specializing in Traditional Jazz, Blues, and Country. Whatever he's playing, Arnt likes to make sure the audience has as much fun as he does! Come and enjoy one of Arnt's final performances in Vancouver before he moves to "The Big Apple!"

Combining the joy of traditional jazz with a down home Memphis twang The East Van Jug Band celebrate early jug band and string band music from the 1920s. Playing repertoire from unsung heroes Clifford Hayes, the Dixieland Jug Blowers and turn of the century ragtime pieces they boast an authentic Skiffle band charm and jug swilling fun.

Both performances will be recorded and audience members will have the opportunity to pre order CD's on May 9th.   

To listen to a sample of Arnt Arntzen and The East Vancouver Jug Band go to

Doors open 7:15 with a Fiddle Tunes Session
East Van Jug Band starts at 8ish
Arnt Arntzen starts at 9ish 
No Open Stage tonight
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

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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