Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationJuly 12, 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 July 12, 2017 and beyond:
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Disabled Sailing Association of BC
Launches Another New Enabling Sailboat

It's been almost 30 years since Sam Sullivan and friends launched the first sailboat designed for people with disabilities from the Jericho Sailing Centre; planting the seed of the Disabled Sailing Association of BC. Today, after many such new boat launches and countless sea miles the DSA launched their latest vessel, christened with champagne in fine nautical tradition and ceremony, on a sunny summer day in Vancouver.

Sam Sullivan sailing The Iron Lady in 1989. She now resides in the BC Sports Hall of Fame
That first adaptive sail boat, (later named The Iron Lady), had been given to Rick Hanson on his round the world Man in Motion Tour in 1986 by British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher. Not being a sailor, Rick donated it to Sam on the understanding that he start up a sailing program to benefit people with disabilities. Sam's vision for a disabled sailing club was rejected by every sailing organization in the Vancouver area before he found a home port at the Jericho Sailing Centre. From here Sam's enabling sailing program spread across Canada and around the world in just a few years.
The vessel launched at the Jericho Sailing Centre today is evolved. It is more easily adaptable to enable each sailor's particular need and is a higher performance sailboat than the first DSA boat. Like The Iron Lady, in its sea service lifetime, it will enable thousands of people to leave their earthly bonds on shore to experience the sense of wind powered freedom only sailor's and seagulls can enjoy. Bon voyage Blue Cross.

For more information on the Disabled Sailing Association of BC sail over to: 

From the in the wind Treasure Chest - July 15, 2015  
         A Day in the Life of the Jericho Sailing Centre

Disabled Sailing Association of BC crew member, and budding digital media producer, Brianna Tsui created this outstanding time lapse presentation of life at the Jericho Sailing Centre on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Well worth a minute of your time for all Jericho junkies!  
Fast forward to:
Time flies when you're having fun!

Two years later Brianna is still an outstanding member of the DSA summer crew....  

Vancouver Folk Music Festival @ Jericho Park This Weekend
Parking at the Jericho Sailing Centre this weekend will be as rare as deodorant on a hippie. If you don't dock your land yacht in the usual stall before 1300H Friday, or 0900H on Saturday and Sunday, you may as well hitchhike a magic carpet ride in a rusty old, eight track equipped, flower child laden, VW van with a groovy paisley paint job and have them drop you off in the vigorously defended Jericho Sailing Centre Loading Zone. The annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival is flip flop flocking its way back to Jericho Beach Park.

Not long after the formation of Jericho Beach Park in the early nineteen seventies the first Vancouver Folk Music Festival here featured full on flower power, love beads, incense and peace: it was a celebration of freedom, political activism, and a love revolution fueled by cannabis, marked by random sporadic bare foot dancing, hoola hoops, arts & crafts and, oh yeah, music- a mountain filled ocean vista of mind melding mystical music to back up all that free speech in a magical Vancouver "Summer of Love"-it was a major "Be In". If you visit this year's Vancouver Folk Music Festival you'll notice, not much has changed.

If the wind blows from the west, other than the "up tight" parking situation, Jericho Sailing Centre users won't notice anything unusual this weekend except for some interesting retro hippie fashions and a few more strangers than usual bathing in our washroom basins and drinking water out of our hoses. If the wind blows out of the east it will carry a potpourri of disjointed sound permeating from 5 stages of bongo laced alternative music and the accompanying supporting aromas to sustain your psychedelic, transcendental, paddling, sailing, rowing or windsurfing weekend.

In a public park nobody, including the JSCA, gets reserved parking. The only thing we are able to do is make our users aware, advise them to arrive early or use alternative methods of transportation and have vehicles which park too long in the Jericho Sailing Centre 20 minute loading zone efficiently serviced by Buster's "valet parking". From there, we just have to hang loose and go with the flow.

  Non-conformists, alternative lifestylers driving "road less traveled" ideologies, ever more liberal thinkers further pushing social envelopes, surfers on waves of new consciousness - did today's users of Jericho Beach Park evolve from 1970's hippies? There's certainly a good chance this weekends users did, and if you can't beat 'em, you might as well join 'em. What could be so bad about a little more peace, love and happiness in your world?

For info. on the 2017 Vancouver Folk Music Festival trip over to:

Vancouver's Waterway Recreation Strategy - Share Your View
As more people take to the water for recreation, the Vancouver Park Board wants to make sure everyone is enjoying fair and safe access. That's why we're developing Vancouver's Waterway Recreation Strategy.
What's your view on water? Tell us what's important to you when it comes to non-motorized boating activities such as kayaking, rowing, paddle boarding, dragon boating, canoeing and more!
Take our brief survey by August 14, 2017. You can find a link to the survey at the project website: .

BC Cetacean Network

Disabled Sailing Association Fundraising Raffle
The Disabled Sailing Association of BC's 2017 Raffle supports adaptive sailing programs for people with disabilities, offering a chance for people with limited mobility to experience the thrill of the wind and the waves, enjoy healthy outdoor recreation and enhance their quality of life. Each year, DSA-BC launches 1,000 sailings from its Jericho Sailing Centre location in Vancouver, making a difference in the lives of hundreds of adults and children with a disability, and leading many to ask themselves, "If I can do this, what else is possible?"
TICKETs on sale from June 9 to Sept. 1, 2017
1 for $20 
3 for $50
The Regatta is an original acrylic painting (30" x 40") by Vancouver Canuck legend "King" Richard Brodeur valued at $4,000.00


Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series                   Next 1 July 20

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!

PFD's and leashes are mandatory!  Paddlers racing without these vital pieces of safety gear will get an automatic DQ, no exceptions!  Safety leashes, PFD's, SUP's and wetsuits are all available to rent from the Windsure concession here at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

For more info on the Wavechaser Paddle Series stroke over to:

Coming to Jericho in August
Wavechaser Paddle Series                             August 3, 17 & 31
Vancouver SUP Challenge                              August 12
Rum Runner Regatta                                       August 19 & 20
Weekly Jericho Racing Series
Tuesday Nite Racing
Every Tuesday evening from now - September 5 
First start 1815H

Sunday Racing 
Every non-regatta Sunday from now - September 17
First start 1230H
SUNDAY RACING this weekend!

For Jericho Racing Sailing Instructions cruise over to:

For a complete event schedule barge over to:

Register for Jericho Racing online at 

Register for a Jericho School Program

Flocks of new dinghy sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and rowers will take to ocean this spring and summer through Jericho Sailing Centre's affiliated schools:
For more info on ocean school programs at the Jericho Sailing Centre school over to:

English Bay Safety Seminar                         Next 1 July 17
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 19, July 17 or August 14. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

Jericho Folk Club Tuesday Evenings

The Jericho Folk Club Tuesday Evenings
in the Surf & Turf Room @ Jericho   
    To listen to a sample of what we might expect go to

Doors open 7:15 with a Fiddle Tunes Session
Open stage 8ish followed by another session
Feature Act 9ish
UBC Old Boys Rugby
Greetings from the UBC Old Boys Ravens Rugby Club a resident of the Sailing Centre since the early 1980s. We are upstairs just a few steps away from the top of the stairs at the east end of the building overlooking the water, the boats and the playing fields we call home.
     Our club was founded in 1974 and began playing initially on the Jericho field east of the Sailing Centre between the beach and the pond. The first clubhouse was near 4th Avenue and Alma. From those early days the club has developed into a top flight Canadian rugby club active in grassroots rugby as well as in producing international calibre players throughout the years.
     The Vancouver rugby season runs from September to April with pre-season practices in August and touch rugby sessions in the off season. During the season practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with games on Saturday afternoons. The club runs two men's teams, junior teams, (eg. U18, U16, U14) and mini rugby for the young ones. This past season our U16s were BC champions. Contacts for those interested in joining are:
                     Frank Fekete, club president, tel # 778-840-3568
                     Garrett Garbe, junior rugby, e-mail
                     Jason Hartley, mini rugby,    e-mail
     Our website "" has further information.
     The Ravens promote the values of World Rugby: integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect and of course fun and fitness for all. Come on out and play or watch on a Saturday!

For the past 43 years this has been Vancouver's only public beach designated for the launch of small, naturally powered craft: sailing dinghies, rowboats, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, etc., and swimming is strictly prohibited. 
Vancouver has some of the best swimming beaches of any city in the world, however, the stretch of Jericho Beach in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre is NOT one of them.
Launch Dollies
Please be considerate of your fellow members and responsible with our community equipment. This dolly was left on the ramp and was about to be claimed by the rising tide recently. Dollies must be returned to the fence immediately after use. No dollies, including private dollies should be left on the beach or across the pathway in front of the centre. For a complete list of Jericho Etiquette please see the bottom of this page. 
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

2017 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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


July Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be open 0900H-Sunset on weekends, and 1000H-Sunset on weekdays weather permitting.


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


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. 
Jericho Sailing Centre Etiquette
Common sense and consideration of fellow members 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:
  • 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/VAPE FREE facility. There is No Smoking/Vaping 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 dollies 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 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, non-barking/whining 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.

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