Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMarch 1, 2018
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 March 1, 2018 and beyond:
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Hawaiian Canoe Blessing Ceremony Blessed by Pineapple
The Pineapple Express is the name given to the atmospheric river that transports buildups of moisture from the tropical Pacific, around Hawaii, and delivers it as precipitation to Vancouver during our winters. Every once in a while "Pineapples" encounter much colder Arctic outbreak air over our coast resulting in snow from the mountains all the way down to the shoreline.

Such was the case overnight into the morning of Sunday, February 18 when the Jericho Paddling Club hosted a traditional Hawaiian Wa'a ceremony to bless their new ultralight canoe - Makani. They were honored by the presence of Paul Pam Aio, Bo Chun Fook and Brenda Zoller Chun Fook, Hawaiian paddlers who conducted the ceremony. To the best of our knowledge this was the first time such a ceremony was conducted in Canada-appropriate of course, because Vancouver is the Hawaii of Canada- and likely the first time such a ceremony was conducted on snow.

No doubt the unique Vancouver Wa'a blessing conditions and her flashy pineapple colour will help propel Jericho Paddling Club's Makani crews to racing success well into the future.
The Wa'a Ceremony complete, the crew put Makani back in her boathouse. Thanks to Jan Chavarie (lead hand in the pineapple jacket) for this week's cover photo.
Interested in Paddling Outrigger?
Join the Jericho Paddling Club

Jericho Paddling Club members can and do paddle (almost) all year round.
Upon signing a waiver and payment of a $25 Outrigger association fee, we offer up to 3 free introductory lessons will teach you boat safety, equipment terminology and basic paddling techniques. Contact us at for more information.     
Vancouver On Water Survey & Open House
@ Jericho March 10
The Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation is developing an on-water recreational strategy for naturally powered watercraft. They are seeking input from all users city wide. The JSCA is asking all users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to participate in the development of strategies that will serve Vancouver ocean recreationalists well into the future. Please take a few minutes to complete their on-line survey, and if you can, attend the Open House in the Burrard Room at the Jericho Sailing Centre on March 10 from 1030H-1400H. If you can't make the Open House at Jericho there is an earlier one on March 5 in another location, check below for details.
The survey is now available online at until March 16. 
Message from the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation
Vancouver On Water Survey & Open House
The Vancouver Park Board is looking for your feedback about On Water: Vancouver's Non-motorized Watercraft Strategy. Help us imagine the future of canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more for Vancouver's waterways!
We would like to share our upcoming open house and workshop dates with you. We hope you can make it!

Attend an Open House  The first hour is a drop-in open house followed by an informal presentation by Vancouver Park Board staff and a workshop. Stay for as much or as little as you can. Please RSVP to the workshop portion of the event at 

Monday, March 5 from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm  
City Lab, 511 West Broadway Street

Saturday, March 10 from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm 
Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street

Help Us Spread the Word! We want everyone talking about On Water. We'd appreciate your help in circulating the upcoming open house event details to each of your networks!
Mar 5:
Mar 10:

Take the Survey The survey is now available online at until March 16. The information display materials and discussion guide are also available online for your reference.

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UBC Intercollegiate Sea to Sky Regatta                                        March 10 & 11

For more information on the UBC Thunderbirds Sailing Sport Club flock over to:  
Upcoming JSCA Meetings
PROGRAMS COMMITTEE - (Website Review) March 6 @ 1900H
The JSCA Website was first launched in 1997 (the stone age of websites), it evolved in 2005, again in 2011, and we are due for further evolution as we look forward to using eCommerce in 2019. We invite all of our members to provide input into how we can improve our website to better serve users and potential users of the Jericho Sailing Centre. If you are unable to attend this meeting please send your ideas to by March 6. 

The JSCA is looking to extend our current Strategic & Capital Plan "2020 Vision" to 2035 and we welcome members to get involved and provide input. We will have a series of meetings to develop a draft plan to present for member feedback at a Member Planning Forum.

JSCA MEMBER FORUM - May 30 @ 1900H
Snow Cats at the Jericho Sailing Centre

 Thanks to Colin Taylor for this pristine snow photo of our compound taken while out "snow shoeing" with the family.

A reminder to folks to check your boats regularly and mind your step in these conditions as it is often icy in these sorts of conditions.

If you have a photo that may be of interest to users of the Jericho Sailing Centre please send it along with a description to 

World Water Day March 22:
"Sea of Life"
Film Screening & Discussion                                                      
"Sea of Life"  Film Screening and Discussion  March 22, 2018
In celebration of World Water Day, the SPEC Waste Committee and Jericho Sailing Centre will be screening the award-winning documentary Sea of Life, by Julia Barnes. The film will be followed by a Q&A session.
About Sea of Life:
"Right now what's happening in the ocean is largely out of sight and out of mind. Sea of Life is about to change that. Filmed over three years in seven countries, Sea of Life dives into some of the most spectacular ecosystems on the planet, exposing both the destruction that's happening in the ocean and the efforts underway to stop it. Creating a world that's beautiful for all species will require the greatest heroes of our generation to rise up and tackle the biggest challenge the world has ever faced."
Screening Details:
Date: Thursday March 22nd
Location: Jericho Sailing Center in The Burrard Room. 1300 Discovery St, Vancouver, BC V6R 4L9
Doors open: 6.30 pm
Film starts: 7pm
Q&A session: 8.30 to 9pm
Speakers: TBD
Price: FREE, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Donations will go towards the SPEC Waste Committee's sustainability work in the community.
About SPEC:
The SPEC Waste Committee takes action to divert products from the waste stream by advocating for three main components:
  • Reducing waste
  • Re-using
  • Recycling
Some of the many projects they run towards achieving these goals include:
  • The Master Recycler program: an 8-week class where students learn about local waste streams and become certified Master Recyclers.
  • Green2Go: A research project gaging the capacity for restaurants to shift towards reusable, compostable, or recyclable take-out container alternatives.
The Waste Committee is one of three SPEC committees working towards a mission to provide the community with practical solutions for urban sustainability. For more than 45 years SPEC has brought a range of environmental concerns to the attention of policy makers, industry and the public. Through its public education and advocacy work, SPEC has built a lasting legacy of environmental protection.
UFO Off Point Grey Identified                                                
That Unidentified Float Object 800M NW of Point Grey is not some sort of new fangled yellow submarine, it is a wave energy testing device, installed last week by NeptuneWAVE. If it works as planned it will generate more energy potential than solar or wind turbine devices.

To find out more about it, bob over to their website at:
They are interested in hearing your opinion and are offering a $100 draw prize from emails received.

Thank you, NeptuneWAVE for installing a new highly visible turn mark for Jericho Sailing Centre's paddling & rowing events.       
BC Sailing Club Race Officer Course @ Jericho                      April 7 & 8                                         
The Club Race Officer course is designed to teach the basics of being a leader on a Club race committee. Over the 12 hrs of the program we will cover the basics of the racing rules, working with your committee and your club, setting a course, starting procedures, managing racing and the finish. Candidates who complete the course will qualify for certification as a Club Race Officer once the practical experience has been documented. Candidates should have some racing experience or have spent time working on a race committee.
Scheduled time: 10-4 each day... cost $50
Join the Race Committee booklet and a copy of the current Racing Rules of Sailing are included register through the JSCA office Before April 1st
Minimum 8, maximum 15
2018 Summer Employment Opportunities
at the Jericho Sailing Centre                                                
STUDENT Summer Job at Jericho Sailing Centre
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association has student employment grant positions available and is inviting qualified candidates to apply. We are looking for a Secretary/Receptionist as well as Maintenance/Safety persons who are enrolled full time in a post secondary school this term and are planning to return full time for the fall session. To qualify for the grant, applicants must be Canadian Citizens under 30 years of age. We are looking for personable candidates who have a general knowledge of the types of ocean activities supported by the Jericho Sailing Centre. Please send your resume and cover letter to 

The Disabled Sailing Association of B.C. is recruiting sailing instructors. Our program offers recreational and competitive sailing opportunities for adults and children with physical disabilities. This position would provide recreational sailing, with instruction as required, to sailors with disabilities.
Must have advanced sailing skills, emergency first aid and CPR, and Pleasure Craft Operator's Card.   Can Sail Instructor course 1 and 2 certification an asset. Proven sailing experience a must.   Strong communication skills required and the ability to work in a team environment.   Start date May 16. End date August 31. Must be available to work weekends and for the entire summer.   40-hour work week (Wednesday through Sunday 10am to 6pm). Competitive wages. Experience working with volunteers helpful.
This position is dependent on the employer receiving funding from Canada Summer Jobs wage subsidy program. Grant restrictions require applicants to have been registered as full-time students in the current academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.   He/she must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act.
Please send resume and cover letter to Stephen Hunter, Program Manager, at For program information, visit
Jericho Rescue Team Training Course
The Jericho Rescue Team is looking for current JSCA members who are physically fit, confident, experienced sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and/or rowers and are interested in further developing their seamanship and water safety skills, to volunteer to assist their fellow boaters. The Jericho Rescue Team provides safety and rescue support for all on-water events facilitated by the JSCA. This year our Rescue Team members will provide safety and rescue coverage for the over 80 on-water event days on our 2018 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted on April 28 & 29. We provide training in water safety and seamanship, boat handling, boat rescue and first aid. Course graduates must complete ongoing Rescue Team training including the Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, VHF Radio Licence, emergency first aid and CPR Certification (all provided). If you are interested please contact Andrei or Mike in the Jericho office to discuss your qualification for this program. 

March Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be open weekends at 1100H rain or shine (if snow, they close).


The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1730H for the next couple of weeks. As sunset gets later, we will adjust our hours to match. 


Members are encouraged to sign in the Winter Launch Log during office hours prior to launching.

2018 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

The 2018 event schedule is on our website Google Calendar at:


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. 
Jericho Stewardship Group - Monthly Volunteer Work Parties
The Jericho Stewardship Group is a registered non-profit organization comprising residents, students, naturalists and other non-profit groups, that works with the Vancouver Park Board to restore and encourage the natural habitat of Jericho Beach Park.
Our main activities include:
  • removal of existing non-native shrub and tree species
  • planting of new native trees and shrubs
  • maintenance of newly planted areas
We also give walks and talks in the Park, do an annual release of mason bees in the spring and monitor and record some of the plant and animal species.

If you would like to get involved, then join us on the second Sunday of every month (weather and holidays permitting).
Upcoming work parties are currently scheduled for the following dates:
  • Sunday March 11
  • Sunday April 8
Work parties are from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and we meet at the wooden bridge over the pond.
Come dressed for the elements and know you're likely to get dirty!  We'll provide tools, cinnamon buns and a sense of purpose - we hope to see you there!

For more information, shovel over to:

Martin 242  Racing Info Night           March 15
Come Race Martin242s With Us On Vancouver's Beautiful English Bay!
If you have some sailing experience and would like to try racing, or if you are an experienced racer and would like to pair your skills with some of the Northwest's top sailors, the Vancouver Martin242 Fleet is for you.
Several boats in the Vancouver Fleet are looking for crew. The 2018 racing calendar includes Wednesday evenings and 1-2 Saturdays each month, from May thru October. If you are thinking of campaigning your own one design boat in 2018, a number of M242s are on the market at great value. And we are not just about racing: we have a program of fun social events throughout the season! A great way to meet new people.
Thursday evening March 15 is M242 Racing 2018 Info Nite. Please join us if you would like to become a member of a boat's regular crew,   learn more about the M242 Fleet's 2018 program or obtain info on boat ownership and boats for sale. To reserve your place, sign up at:
See us on Facebook: @martin242fleetonefleettwo
Visit the Vancouver M242 website:
Questions? Contact Alan Drinkwater: M. 604 360-7405. email

Cold Water Recreation

There are many people, particularly Stand Up Paddlers, launching from Jericho Beach these days who are new to cold water ocean recreation. Here are some things they must know about:

Appropriate Attire - Dress for Cold Water Immersion

The water temperature is well below the level where it is safe to recreate without a proper (no shorties) wetsuit or drysuit. People who get into serious trouble at this time of year have often made the mistake of dressing for the air temperature not the water temperature, which is fine until something goes wrong and they suddenly find themselves immersed in the water.


Use Your Head
Significant heat loss is through your head. When you consider that hypothermia is the most significant danger experienced ocean recreationalists face and a neoprene cowling cost $15 at MEC, you don't need a calculator to do the math. A wool toque or hat will also work quite well.


Always Stay with Your Craft
When a sailing dinghy, windsurfer or kayak capsizes they are usually within a couple of swim strokes of their crew. Some craft, particularly SUP's and surf skis, require a safety leash (in good condition and properly attached) as they can easily get away in a capsize situation. Never leave your craft in an emergency situation as it is far easier to spot than a person in the water.

Use the Buddy System

Always sail, paddle, row with someone else, especially in cold water conditions. Let a reliable friend or relative know when and where you are going and when you expect to return. Diligently contact them upon your safe return. If you are launching from Jericho Beach stop in at the JSCA office to let us know when and where you are going and when you expect to return.

Be Aware of Sunset

Recently, JSCA staff have witnessed people launching within a few minutes of sunset. This is a dangerous practice. If something goes wrong for you: equipment failure; changing conditions; fatigue, etc., you are very difficult to find in the dark. Make sure your safety float plan includes plenty of time to get off of the water before sunset.


Here is a link provided by our member Stefan from UBC of his favourite cold water education site:
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. 
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