Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationAug. 15, 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 August 15, 2018 and beyond:
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Jericho Swim Beach Fails Water Quality Test - Locarno Beach Passes     
Location of contrary water tests and their proximity to the Jericho Sailing Centre - this week we'd like to identify ourselves more closely to Locarno Beach, however, no plans to change name to the Locarno Sailing Centre
For the first time in more than 30 years the Jericho Beach swim area has been closed to swimming due to an unacceptable level of E.coli Bacterial. Vancouver Coastal Health has warned that primary contact activities including: swimming, surfing, waterskiing: in which the whole body or face and trunk are frequently immersed or wetted can increase exposure to E.coli bacteria.
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association recommends users take precautions including avoidance of the swim beach area to the east of the Jericho Sailing Centre (Jerry's Cove); and showering immediately after primary contact activities.
To learn more about water quality testing at Vancouver swim beaches, stroke & scissor kick over to:
VCH Beach Water Testing 
THIS WEEKEND @ Jericho: Rum Runner Regatta     

Regular Sunday Racing  is ON for this weekend-come out & Race!

Backpaddling Photo Gallery: 2018 Vancouver SUP Challenge                                      
2018 Vancouver SUP Challenge organizer, Gary (Jericho Beach Head Lifeguard) Parsons and his spirited crew, (assisted by Jericho Rescue) put on a great event this past Saturday that more than lived up to their billing as "Vancouver's biggest and best stand up paddleboard race".

Check out our full
"Pier's eye view" Photo Gallery


Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series -  THIS THURSDAY August 16 @ 1900H
There are just two race nights left in the 2018 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Race Series- August 16 & 30. The races are open to all levels of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, and kayak.   
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 .
If you'd like to view video of our previous Wavechaser drone sessions, fly over to:
Survey Deadline August 31
Jericho Sailing Centre Association's Strategic Long Term Plan
Setting the Course for 2035       
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's Board of Directors is currently developing a 15+ year strategic plan (2018-2035) that we believe will greatly enhance the facility, services, programs, and overall user experience for our members, guests, and essential community partners. As responsible stewards of this exceptional facility, we want to ensure we actively anticipate real growth, potential shortfalls, and evolving needs. As such, we've identified what we believe are some key initiatives most important to the interests of Jericho Sailing Centre's populous and diverse user base. The details of our vision, plan and key initiatives are outlined in the linked document:  

To better serve your needs, we need your input. Participate in the Jericho Sailing Centre User Survey June 27-August 31.

Please make your opinion count by participating in our user survey

Sunrise Paddle with Windsure 
Summer Schools in Session @ Jericho Sailing Centre     
Looking for a distinctively Vancouver activity to get the kids off the couch this summer? We have just the antidote to too much screen time: fun and adventurous activity on Vancouver's largest playground, no batteries required.

The Jericho Sailing Centre is Vancouver's ocean community centre for a wide range of youth ocean recreation programs. Situated on the south shore of English Bay in Point Grey, our affiliated professional schools have summer camps for kayaking, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and skimboarding. Can't decide? Try a combo camp with your choice of two: dinghy sailing, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing or kayaking.

For rates, dates & bookings, splash on over to:

Kayaking Programs

Dinghy Sailing & Canoeing Programs
Windsurfing, SUP & Skimboarding

                             Weekly Sail Racing @ Jericho
Tuesday Nite Racing
Every Tuesday evening from now - September 4  
First start 1815H

Sunday Racing 
Sundays from now - September 2
First start 1230H
SUNDAY RACING is ON this Sunday even as we host the Rum Runner Regatta

For Jericho Racing Sailing Instructions cruise over to:

For a complete event schedule barge over to:

Register for Jericho Racing online at 

Upcoming Events @ Jericho                                                                     
Rum Runner Regatta                                                                              August 18 & 19

Row BC Masters                                                                                     September 6-9

Tasar BC's                                                                                               September 8 & 9

UBC Invitational Regatta                                                                       September 15 & 16

UBC REC Day of the Longboat  - Practice                                           September 22 & 23
                                                      - Event                                               September  29 & 30     
Tasar BC's Regatta                               September 8 & 9               
       FREE to members of JSCA affiliated clubs - 1 day participation OK!                     

Jericho's Tasar Fleet is hoping to attract more people to their annual regatta by waiving entry fees for members of JSCA affiliated clubs. Can't commit to a two day regatta? No problem, join them for whichever day you can. For more details on the Tasar BC's, roll tack over to Notice of Race.
Jericho Folk Club                                                                  August 21
 The Jericho Folk Club features  
Brian Robertson Trio 
Tuesday, Aug. 21
Vancouver based folk musician Brian Robertson has been called a genuine BC treasure for his well-crafted and entertaining songs about the west coast, as well as ones that reflect more universal themes of love, travel, social justice and the blues. Born and raised in Powell River on the west coast of Canada, his working life suggests something of renaissance man - fisherman, mill worker, cabbie, engineer, economist and historical consultant.  From that, and his extensive travels and interests, spring the range, depth and authenticity of the songs he's written. Check out his website at (
      Filling out the Brian Robertson Trio are the sensational BC Open Champion fiddler Michael Burnyeat ( and the much-acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Victor Smith (
Doors open 7:00 with a Fiddle Tunes Session.
Sing along and Open Stage at 7:30. The Feature Act plays a first set at about 8:10.  After that we take have a break in the stage presentation for another Fiddle Session followed by more Singing and Open Stage.  The Feature Act plays a second set starting about 9:00

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
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.

August 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 0930-2030H. 

2018 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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


Safe Ocean Recreation Tips 

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

Be Aware of the Shipping Lane, ships at anchor and all vessel movements


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. 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 NOTICE:  NO Mast Rigging from Patio or Roof
After a close call, potentially serious accident last weekend we are reminding users of the Jericho Sailing Centre that use of the Galley Patio, staircase or rooftop for rigging/tweaking your mast halyards, shrouds, lines, floats, etc. is strictly prohibited. To gain the advantage of height &/or gravity we suggest using the Jericho Pier at lower water levels or the east sides of Ramp # 2 or #3 as potential options.

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, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. V6R 4L9 Canada