Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationOct. 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 October 3, 2017 and beyond:
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Proposed Port Amendment Puts Siwash Rock Out of Reach
Siwash Rock has long been a popular destination for Vancouver paddlers

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is inviting public comment to a proposed amendment to the Marine Restricted Area (MRA) in the vicinity of First Narrows that would make Siwash Rock and a large section of the Stanley Park shoreline off limits to kayaks and other human powered craft.

The Notice of Amendment, and a draft copy of the Port Information Guide including proposed amendments, is available at this link: Keep Siwash Accessible 

Don't wait-the public comment period ends THIS SUNDAY October 8.

Our friends at the Hollyburn Sailing Club have proposed to the Port that a line due west from Prospect Point as the southern border of the MRA. This idea could serve both the interests of commercial traffic transiting First Narrows and recreational users who view this beautiful shoreline water space as an extension of Stanley Park.
Paddlers Fascination With Siwash Rock Pre-dates Port

If a rose is a rose by any other name, then the distinctive Vancouver coastal feature known as Siwash Rock will continue to be a fascinating attraction to local paddlers, as it has been for thousands of years, even if it undergoes a name change . As part of Vancouver's commitment to be a City of Reconciliation the Board of Parks and Recreation is developing a process for renaming this impressive rocky sea stack. Many Vancouverites pass by on the seawall, but to really appreciate "the rock" you need to contemplate it from the water with a paddle in your hand as people have done since people first came to these parts.  

The geological explanation for the rock currently known as Siwash: it was once part of the adjoining headland but softer rock around it eroded while the harder basalt sea stack stood strong. There is another story of its origin which, while not likely, seems far more interesting from The Legends of Vancouver by E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

Back Paddling: UBC REC 2017 Day of the Longboat

This past weekend the Jericho Sailing Centre played host to 3,500 paddlers participating in the 30th Anniversary UBC REC Day of the Longboat, one of the largest outdoor intramural events in Canada. Kudos to the UBC REC crew and all of their volunteers who run this event with clockwork precision regardless of what nature throws their way. Many thanks to all of the Jericho Rescue Team volunteers and staff who supported this event over two weekends and kept it safe for all participants.
Penguin Cup Race Series Starts This Sunday

Penguin Cup Racing   Series 
October 8, 15 & 22  
 For more info. or to register for the Penguin Cup Race Series tack over to   
Annual Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

All members are invited to attend the annual JSCA Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, October 22 at 1700H. Tickets are $10 and available in the JSCA office up until Saturday, October 21. There will be a slideshow presentation and awards bestowed upon our notable racers and volunteers. As our way of showing appreciation for our volunteers, they receive complementary tickets. If you volunteered for the JSCA in 2017 and haven't yet received your invitation please contact the JSCA office. 
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

Winter Launch Log
Members who launch from the Jericho Sailing Centre at this time of year are encouraged to stop in at the Jericho office and fill out the Winter Launch Log which outlines your float plan to let people here know you are out there.

2017 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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


October Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will only open on weekends, 1100H-Sunset, weather permitting. Full Galley service will resume in April.


The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1830H.  


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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