Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMay 16, 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 May 16, 2018 and beyond:
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THIS WEEKEND @ Jericho      Sunday Racing @ 1230H
Scenes from last weekend's Sunday Racing...

Lasers round windward mark in view of Pt. Atkinson lighthouse and coastal ice cream peaks

Bartlett and crew chowing down on underdog wake in an F18 cat fight

Lasers flying in formation off the start off Jericho Beach

Suski and Woytkowiak climb the wind up Spanish Bank

For more action, check out our May 13 Sunday Racing Gallery

Join us for Sunday Racing every non-regatta Sunday through Sept. 2.

Also, Tuesday Nite Racing - Every Tuesday at 1815H

Next regatta: Jericho Classic Regatta June 2 & 3.
Sleeping Princess Dreams Over Vancouver  
She has slept under sun, moon and stars, bunked high over the Salish Sea, since the ground first came to rest and she began to dream. Sculpted and caressed by ebbing ice ages, sea sponged by wind whipped millenniums of moisture laden clouds, sauna bathed by salty timeless west coast sun she has rested, on her back facing the heavens. Over time her deep green fir forest blanket grew, and more precious life under the mountains began to populate her dreams.
She was dreaming as a paddle dipped into the mirror that reflects her, rippling the virgin Salish Sea, propelling a cedar canoe to create it's first human-spawned wake. She dreamed when the first tall ship sails billowed below her, etching a future path, drawn by a Pacific Ocean breeze whose fingers swept her evergreen bedspread. She still dreams today when naturally powered watercraft of every sort are released from the earthly bonds of the Jericho shore to wake up the glistening Salish Sea at the foot of her bed. She sleeps in peace, she will not wake. The Sleeping Princess forever dreams over Vancouver.
When I was very young, on a day trip from southern Vancouver to Stanley Park, my elderly companions told me a story of a sleeping princess whose profile lay within the ridgeline and contours of the North Shore Mountains overlooking English Bay. Despite their earnest descriptive efforts and much animated pointing, try as I might, through the eyes of a child, I just couldn't make her out and quickly lost interest.
Time Machine lays wake beneath the Sleeping Princess
More than a quarter of a century later, well after I became the GM of the Jericho Sailing Centre, in daily awe of Vancouver's spectacular ocean and mountain vista, I looked up and out of the blue suddenly saw her, recognized her, in all her ageless radiance and sleeping beauty, and wondered why I hadn't seen her before. Now, I can't not see her or not be touched by her transitional year-round, snoozing splendour. I've since met many people at Jericho, often long-time residents of Vancouver, who were not aware of her and have had a similar reaction when I've pointed her out. It might be the same for you or it might be the same for the people you share this uniquely Vancouver view with with-pass it on.

Fabulous Weather for Jericho Open House & SOS Sailpast
Warm sunny weather and a moderate breeze greeted everyone who came out for the annual Jericho Open House and Season Opening Sailpast last Saturday.
JSCA President and his First Mate Alida preparing to salute the Jericho Fleet
English Bay was filled with boats for Jericho's Season Opening Sailpast 

Chris and Alida thinking of ice cream while saluting the fleet

PHASE 3 Vancouver Board of Parks & Rec On-Water Strategy

Help inform the Draft Strategies and Actions for the Park Board's On Water Strategy!
The Vancouver Park Board is developing On Water, Vancouver's waterway recreation strategy to guide future planning relating to non-motorized watercraft activities, including the facilities that support these activities and emerging waterfront opportunities.
We are now in Phase 3, our final phase of public engagement, and are looking for your feedback to help inform the draft strategies and actions. Join us at one of our upcoming events and fill in our online questionnaire at to let us know what you think! The Questionnaire will be available online by May 28th until July 2nd.
Upcoming Open Houses and Workshops
Drop-in anytime and attend our open house (first hour) followed by an informal presentation and workshop.
Wednesday, May 30th from 5-8pm, Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way
Saturday, June 9th from 11am - 2pm,  Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street
Thursday, June 21 from 5-8 pm, False Creek Community Centre, 1318 Cartwright Street

Vancouver On-Water Strategy - Preliminary Presentation

Many users of the Jericho Sailing Centre have participated in the development of a City wide on-water recreational strategy for naturally powered watercraft so far. There have been 2 rounds of user surveys with one more to come (see above). This past Monday evening, preliminary planning results were presented to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.
Here is the information presented: May 14 On Water Presentation
You & Your Boat in a Movie? Hollywood Looking for a Showboat
Local production company Brightlight Pictures is seeking members who may have 1950's style sail boats for a movie shoot.  We are reaching out to see if anyone would like to participate in the filming and possibly sail in the background of the scene which will be by the Jericho Pier in front of the the Sailing Center.  The production is titled "2 Hearts" and is based on the true story of an organ donor and the life he could have had. The tentative date is Thursday, June 14th. Please contact our office at  

Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series - Next One May 24 @ 1900H
Welcome to the Jericho Wavechaser Race Series 2018!
The Jericho Wavechaser is a 10 race series running every second Thursday from April 26 to Aug 30 off the beaches of the Jericho Sailing Centre.  The races are open to all levels of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, and kayak.  This is our 5th season, and we're growing each year!
Courses vary depending on conditions, each race night has a short and a long course. Race entry is just $10, and for Jericho Sailing Centre members it's $5!  Post race nosh and beverages upstairs at The Galley Patio & Grill where racers will receive Galley Specials 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! 
Registration opens at 6pm on race nights.  Race is at 7pm with a mass start.  Prizes and results upstairs in the Jericho Sailing Centre members' lounge after the last paddler is off the water 
MEC Paddlefest Coming Back to Jericho June 16 - Register Now!

Join a Jericho Sailing Centre 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
The recycling industry is experiencing high levels of contamination - trash in the recycling - at a time when the requirements for quality (clean recycling) are increasing due to new policies implemented by end markets for recyclable materials. Earlier this year, China began to limit the quality and quantity of material it accepts for recycling, impacting the recycling industry world-wide. As a result, our focus on quality is higher than ever, as we work to ensure the long-term sustainability of our recycling programs.

When non-recyclable items (contamination) end up in your recycling, they have the potential to turn the entire load into trash, resulting in contamination and additional processing and disposal costs.
The Jericho Sailing Centre has always been ahead of the curve by introducing recycling and multi sorting stations years before they were commonplace. We are purchasing more indoor and outdoor sorting bins to make recycling easier. Soon we will also be adding a soft plastics bin to reduce our waste even more.
Please help Jericho keep our recycling clean!

Pay Parking Now in Effect @ Jericho (Please note new provider)
Pay Parking will be in effect in Jericho Beach Park from April 1 through October 31. Hourly rates will be $3.25; daily rates will be $11.
There is a new provider for parking passes called Honk Mobile thru which season passes can be purchased for $87
To apply for a parking pass
Go to
Please follow the above link to register your vehicle. Please note that you will not be issued a hangar tag as your vehicle licence plate number will be registered into the database when you fill out the online application. The registration process creates a Honk Mobile account. You will be asked to provide your vehicle licence plate number along with payment information. Once this has been inputed - your parking receipt will be emailed to you.

May Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be open weekends at 1000H - Sunset, and weekdays 1130H-Sunset.


The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-2100H. 

2018 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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


 English Bay Safety Seminar-The Evolution of Water Safety 
Not long after the invention of the first boat, thought to be about 900,000 years ago, came the first concept of water safety. Experience can be a stern master and as human beings evolved at the helm they learned valuable lessons, often in the hardest of ways. Every capsize and grounding, every ship wreck and sea disaster, brought more knowledge that, when shared, ensured boating could be a safer and more enjoyable experience.
There are many contributing factors which can lead up to incidents and accidents on the water. Through 9000 centuries of experience most of them are known and easily preventable. Every year the Jericho Rescue Team provides assistance to over 200 mariners on the waters in the vicinity of the Jericho Sailing Centre. Often when people are in distress on the water they were simply missing one or two important nuggets of water safety information that could have helped prevent their predicament.
The English Bay Safety Seminar was developed for users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to help keep them safe at play while 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 "sea disasters" over the past 44 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 June 4 & 18, July 16. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

Cold Water Recreation

Here are some things they must know about recreating in an ocean environment:

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

Be aware of when sunset is and don't be out beyond it. 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.
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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