Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationAugust 30, 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 30, 2017 and beyond:
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SAFETY NOTICE: Your PFD - It won't Work if You Don't Wear It
Wear it Like a Pro - MacSailing instructors model their most important piece of equipment for teaching on the water. PFD designs continuously evolve to provide greater comfort  flexibility and safety for active users.
"In order to work, proper lifesaving equipment must be worn at all times. Believing that you can locate, don and fasten a PFD in the water is dangerous for many reasons; adverse wind and wave conditions can make this extremely difficult, if not impossible; you could unexpectedly fall into water and the vessel (with the PFD aboard) could be unreachable; and, cold water can severely impede your ability to don and fasten a PFD in the water.
Never underestimate the protection a flotation device can afford you. It is called lifesaving equipment for a reason."  
Transport Canada Marine Safety

For more information on PFD's paddle over to: Wear Your PFD 
Why JSCA Does NOT Recommend Inflatable Belt Pack PFD's

Inflatable Belt pack PFD's have become popular with some paddlers as they meet Transport Canada's minimum requirement for a PFD, yet they may be completely useless to you just when you need them the most. The Jericho Sailing Centre Association has always been a strong advocate and recommends the wearing of properly fitting, approved personal flotation devices in good condition, for all of our users - we do NOT recommend the use of Inflatable Belt Pack PFD's for the following reasons:   
JSCA Safety Officer Mike Wang demonstrates the belt pack inflatable PFD
1. Not inherently buoyant - when worn normally they provide no flotation at all. 
2. Require manual inflation and positioning - in order to become an effective flotation device they must first be re-positioned from back to front, manually inflated, and pulled over your head. If you are injured or incapacitated - a situation where you need a PFD the most - you may not be able to perform these functions.  
3. Not approved for high speed, high impact activities - TC's Safe Boating Guide states that
After positioning it in front a toggle is tugged to inflate.
"Kiteboarders and sailboarders should not wear a lifejacket or PFD that is fitted with an automatic inflator." recognizing that someone involved in a high impact might not be able to activate it. Yet even the slowest of SUPers can be involved in a high impact collision with another craft and be left in dire straits with no effective PFD.
4. Requires constant care and maintenance - Leak and oral valve tests are required at the beginning of each season and a minimum of every
Pulling it over the head was more difficult than expected
2 months during the season. When the CO2 cylinder begins to show signs of rusting it must be replaced. How many inflatable belt pack users are following the maintenance requirements? In a salt water environment, how many are trusting their lives to rusty cylinders? Flotation equipment that is in poor condition is not considered approved by Transport Canada.  

This Thursday
Final Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series of 2017
The last Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series event of 2017 takes place tomorrow, August 31 at 1900H.
The Jericho Wavechasers are for all paddling classes: SUPs, surf skis, OC 1's & 2's and kayaks. This has been an incredible growth year for the Wavechaser as more paddlers have participated than ever before. Many thanks to Estelle Matheson and her volunteer crew from Jericho's paddling community for organizing the events. Thanks also to the volunteers of the Jericho Rescue Team who came out to provide strong safety support for each event.

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 
Weekly Jericho Racing Series - Season Enders
Tuesday Nite Racing
Last one of 2017 September 5 
First start 1815H

Sunday Racing 
Last one of 2017 September 3
First start 1230H

Last 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 

Tasar BC's & North American Championships                            September 9 & 10
The Tasar is a hard chined, fully battened, mono hull racing dinghy designed by Australian designer Frank Bethwaite who engineered the displacement so that the optimum crew weight was equal to the weight of the average woman plus the average man. So there will be a keen fleet of average folk from all over exercising above average sailing skills in Vancouver's most popular double handed racing dinghy on the waves of English Bay.
For more info on the Tasar BC's & North Americans average your mouse over to NOR

Last Chance
To Enter DSA's 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. Enter DSA summer 2017 raffle 
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


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                                           1815H
9/10                         Tasar BC's & North American Championships
                       UBC Invitational Regatta
23/24/30/Oct 1         UBC REC Day of the Longboat    

Jericho Folk Club Tuesday Evenings Through September

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
JSCA AGM                                                       October 24
Jericho Sailing Centre Association
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 24 at 1900H
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 44th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2016/2017 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre. 
Call for Nominations 
Voting will take place to elect eight members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors.The J.S.C.A. Board meets regularly to set policy and determine Jericho's direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 10.   The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.   For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email

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.

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. 

2017 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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


September 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 0930-2000H.  


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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