Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationAugust 2, 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 August 2, 2017 and beyond:
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Tonight & Saturday
Celebration of Light - Fireworks Over English Bay
The second and third nights of the annual Celebration of Light fireworks display run tonight & Saturday over English Bay. If fireworks turn you on, "Celebration" is a perfect accent to a Vancouver mid-summer night eve right in the sweet spot of summer. The fireworks are best viewed from English Bay Beach. Kits Beach offers a next best view with Jericho accommodating the cheap seats - distant view but easier parking and disembarking when the show ends. Seating at the Jericho Patio and Grill is tough to find after 2030H. The rooftop deck will be open to members & their accompanying guests (60 maximum) with security in place to enforce no alcohol or smoking. Start time 2200H.
For more information on the Celebration of Light fire up their website at:

Fireworks: Extreme Marine Hazard Warning
One of the most dangerous situations for operators of small water craft in Vancouver occurs at the conclusion of each Celebration of Light fireworks show. Hundreds of powerboats are hastily heading for home in all different directions and the sea surface is filled with crossing boat chop on waves. Lights from boats and downtown reflect everywhere and a kayak, canoe, rowboat or other small vessel is almost impossible to see, even if the power vessel Skipper hasn't been drinking, and in some cases, he has.
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association advises our members and other small, naturally powered craft to not put themselves in this vulnerable position. If you choose to be out there, please remember that the Coast Guard and other safety boats will have their hands full and may not even be able to locate your craft within the boating frenzy if you need them. Also remember, that you the Skipper, as always, are solely responsible for your safety and that of your crew.

BC Day Weekend - "Be Sea" Day @ Jericho Sailing Centre
There is something distinctive about life here on the left coast of Canada, in this province of British Columbia, that easily inspires people to follow their noses down along the salt scented Pacific air beach path, to mess around in boats at the liquidy source of all life- it is our very essence.
It's not something that started in this generation or the last, or even in the time since British Columbia first boarded the good ship Canada in 1871. As long as people have lived near these sand swept, rock reinforced Pacific Ocean shorelines they have felt an intimate connection with the sea and nowhere is this more apparent today than at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

From the relatively landlocked hub bubs of Toronto, Montreal and other Canadian population centers it's hard for non-Pacific inhabitants of our country to imagine we BC left "Coasters" without sandals, surf shorts, super shades, sunscreen, sun tanned skin and hair blowing in the wind, well bent on a good time at the beach. (Perhaps the leading catalyst for Easterners who jump ship west). On BC Day the beach is where many of us will simply "be".

If the weather fits the long range forecast for our provincial holiday (and for the real Jericho junkies even if it doesn't), the waves of English Bay will be streaked with the wakes of a thousand tiny ship trips launched from Jericho Beach out of Vancouver's low cost ocean community centre. The kayak, rowboat, sailing dinghy, windsurfer, stand-up paddleboard, skim board, or other naturally powered craft you command could be among that holiday flotilla.

This Monday make plans to exercise your "Be Sea" essence. Live it up to the beat of the provincial motto "Splendor without Diminishment", throw on your surf shorts and sandals, slap on some sunscreen and your shades, turn your back to the east with a great big smile and come celebrate BC Day at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series    This Thursday  August 3

The Jericho Wavechaser is a paddling event open to all level of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, and kayak at the Jericho Sailing Centre
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.

Vancouver SUP Challenge                                 August 12

The Jericho Sailing Centre hosts the annual Vancouver SUP Challenge on Saturday, August 12.
Challenge yourself against the top riders in the 5km distance race or 2km course race. This year we have added a youth (U17) and a mens' 50+ category. Next watch all the up and coming young stars in the kids race.The sprints  will get your heart rate up and down in less than 2 minutes. The fun 3 person relay is the last event before the BBQ, awards and music.
For more info & to register paddle over to:

Summer School's Cool @ Jericho Sailing Centre

The summer school everyone looks forward to:

sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, SUPing & skimboarding lessons at the Jericho Sailing Centre
Vancouver's Ocean Community Centre.

For more info on ocean school programs at the Jericho Sailing Centre school 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: .

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 

Coming to Jericho in August
Wavechaser Paddle Series                             August 3, 17 & 31
Vancouver SUP Challenge                              August 12
Rum Runner Regatta                                       August 19 & 20
English Bay Safety Seminar                         Next 1 August 21
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 August 21 at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

Jericho Folk Club Tuesday Evenings

The Jericho Folk Club Tuesday Evenings  
in the Surf & Turf Room @ Jericho   
The Jericho Folk Club presents 
on August 8

For Pearl (Kathy Francis and Andrea Smith) the whole world's their oyster.  On a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, clarinet, ukes and percussion, Pearl delivers polished gems of songs and tunes featuring exquisite harmonies and wit enough to warm your heart and tickle your funny bone.   
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
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


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:


August 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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