Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationAugust 16, 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 16, 2017 and beyond:
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This Weekend @ Jericho: Rum Runner Regatta
Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series       This Thursday
Seems like the smoke just cleared and we're back to regular programming but the summer festivities are winding down with just 2 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series events left on our 2017 schedule - August 31 and this Thursday, August 17 at 1900H.

The Jericho Wavechasers are for all paddling classes: SUPs, surf skis, OC 1's & 2's and kayaks. More and more paddlers are discovering how fun the waters off Jericho can be and what an amazing venue the centre is. 
There is no charge for members of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association (annual membership $99) and guests are welcome to join in for only $5.
For more info, surf over to:Wavechaser 
English Bay Safety Seminar                        
Next Monday 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.

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

NO SUNDAY RACING this weekend as we host the Rum Runner Regatta - Next Sunday Racing August 27

For Jericho Racing Sailing Instructions cruise over to:

For a complete event schedule barge over to:

Register for Jericho Racing online at 

Coming in September...
Summer extends 3 weeks into September and often includes some of the best weather of the season. Here are some of the events coming to the Jericho Sailing Centre in the final stretch of Summer 2017:


3                             Sunday Racing                                                   1230H
5                             Tuesday Nite Racing (last one of the year)            1815H
9/10                         Tasar BC's
                       UBC Invitational Regatta
23/24/30/Oct 1         UBC REC Day of the Longboat    

Dogs @ Jericho- Leash Law Obvious, but did you know....
Did you know that dogs are not supposed to be tied up and left in public places? There must be a competent person on the other end of the leash; a post or other object does not qualify. Over the years some people have actually left their dogs tied up on shore at the Jericho Sailing Centre and gone out on the water. Unhappy dogs have vocalized their abandonment sentiments and that adversely affects the right to enjoyment of others. Dogs left abandoned on shore will be reported to Vancouver Animal Control. People who need to tether their dogs for short periods: washroom visits, lunch at the Galley, etc are asked to not leave their dog unattended for long periods and tether them in such away as to not inhibit normal use of the Centre-such as: rescue boat trailers, base of stairs, launch winch, gate posts, etc. Please be considerate of other users and understand, if your dog is vocally unhappy you are infringing upon the rights of others to enjoy our facility. Dogs, even leashed dogs, are not permitted on the beach or in the Jericho Sailing Centre building.

For more information on Dog Owner Training, woof over to:

 *If you do launch with your favourite sea dog please remember to outfit her/him with a properly designed PFD.

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
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:

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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