Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationAug. 29, 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 29, 2018 and beyond:
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Row BC Master's Camp @ Jericho Sailing Centre Sept 7-9
With just a few weeks left until the World Rowing Coastal Championships in Sidney, BC (October 11-14) this coastal rowing weekend at the Jericho Sailing Centre in Vancouver, BC will offer the ideal training opportunity for rowers getting used to coastal boats and water conditions. This camp will provide the opportunity to experience reacting to a sea swell and other open-water features as well as practice turning and beach launching before shifting focus onto the World Championships race course structure and practicing on a mock-course set up at Jericho. The weekend will conclude with a race following the real World Championships course set-up. 
For more info. and to register, sweep over to:    
Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series
Last One of the Season This Thursday  August 30 @ 1900H
There is just one race night left in the 2018 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Race Series- August 30. The race is open to all levels of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, and kayak.   
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:
Only 2 Days Left - Survey Deadline August 31 - Get Onboard!
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

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.
Vancouver's Changing Shoreline - Are We Sinking?

To learn more about the City of Vancouver's preparations for rising sea level, drift over to:

                             Weekly Sail Racing @ Jericho
Tuesday Nite Racing
Last TNR of 2018 September 4  
First start 1815H

Sunday Racing 
Last SR of 2018 September 2
First start 1230H 

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                                                                     
Row BC Masters                                                                                     September 7-9

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

Penguin Cup Race Series                                                                     October 7, 14 & 21  
Penguin Cup Race Series                                                                 
Penguin Cup Race Series October 7, 14 & 21

SAFETY NOTICE: Beware of Tugs & Tows
Double trouble: A tug with a piledriver & barge combo churned right through the last Jericho Wavechaser course.  
Photo: Sean Field 
A reminder to all users of Jericho Sailing Centre: it is illegal and extremely dangerous to sail/paddle/row, or otherwise navigate, between a tug and it's tow. It is exceptionally rare to see a tug without a tow in our vicinity. A tow may be as much as 750M behind which has fooled some people. If you see a tug, look for a tow. Always yield the right of way to commercial vessels. 
Jericho Folk Club                                                                  Sept. 4
 The Jericho Folk Club features  
Fraser Union  
Tuesday, September 4 
 Doors open 7:00
Fraser Union is Barry Truter, Kathy Griffin, Roger Holdstock and Henk Piket.
Fraser Union first formed in 1983 and has been evolving ever since, but they still perform and record songs that have meaning to them and their audiences.
Their strong voices present some songs a cappella and others accompanied by a variety of instruments including guitars, mandolins, dobro and banjo. They've performed at the Filberg Festival, ArtsWells Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Seattle Folklife Festival, Islands Folk Festival, Mayworks, Winter Roots Festival, the National Conference of Teachers of English, the Working Knowledge Conference at UBC, and countless benefits and coffee houses.  
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  

Notice of Annual General Meeting 
Jericho Sailing Centre Association
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 23 at 1900H
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association's 45th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2017/2018 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 seven 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 9.   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
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

August/September 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 until September 3, when our office hours shift from 0930-2000H. 

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. 
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