Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationFebruary 27, 2019
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 February 27, 2019 and beyond:
In This Issue
Join our Mailing List!
Last Chance:  
Renew Your JSCA Memberships & Storage  
by Feb. 28 Receive a 2% Discount
Your Jericho Sailing Centre Association 2019 fees are not due until April 1, however, you will receive a 2% discount if you pay by tomorrow, February 28, 2019.  
For your convenience renewals can be made online via Visa, MasterCard or Apple Pay. If you haven't received your email invoice please contact the office asap.
If you are not planning to renew with us in 2019 please notify the office when you vacate (prior to March 31) so that we may assign your space to another member.
If you sell your craft and wish to transfer your space to the new owner you must inform the office in writing.
Missing Summer? Here is how it was & How it will be.
Nearing the end of a snowy winter in Vancouver, last summer is a far distant memory, with this coming summer, much closer at hand. This video production by Randy Mennie will remind you of what was, and what will be again, here at the Jericho Sailing Centre; enjoy Summer is on the way! 
NEW IMPROVED Webcam Now On Stream
The Jericho Sailing Centre Webcam has many fans and is viewed from all over the world. Our sweeping main camera failed for good last month, but a new, much improved, camera is up and running. Take it for a test drive over English Bay:

2019 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

The 2019 event schedule is on our website Google Calendar at: 



Programs Committee Meeting                                     March 19
PROGRAMS COMMITTEE -  Andy Hunt Celebration Regatta Planning March 19 @ 1900H
We are looking for volunteers to assist in the planning of a very special regatta on the May long weekend to celebrate the life of our longtime Programs Committee Chair, and avid Laser racer, Andy Hunt.   

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. 

March Service Hours @ Jericho

The Jericho Galley Patio and Grill will be open 1100H-Sunset on weekends, weather permitting.


The JSCA Office will be open everyday 0930-1730H. 


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

Jericho Rescue Team Training Course        April 27 & 28
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 2019 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted on April 27 & 28. We provide training in ocean 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 Dominique in the Jericho office to discuss your qualification for this program. 
Jericho Sailing Centre: Students Wanted for Summer Crew
STUDENT Summer Jobs 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 for the 2019 summer season. Based at Jericho Sailing Centre, our program offers recreational and competitive sailing opportunities for adults and children with physical disabilities. This position involves accompanying a sailor with physical disability for an hour at a time with instruction as required using the Martin 16 sailboat.
See for program details
Must have advanced sailing skills, emergency first aid and CPR, and a Pleasure Craft Operator's Card. CanSail Instructor course 1 and 2 certification an asset. Strong communication skills required and the ability to work in a team environment. Start date May 15. End date August 31. Must be available to work weekends and for the entire summer. 40-hour work week (10 am to 6 pm). 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 be between 15 and 30 years of age. 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

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 to a cold water education site:

Batten Down the Hatches! More Pacific Storms Heading Our Way

Every "off season" vicious wind storms rip through the Jericho Sailing Centre compound looking for loose tarps, boat covers and poorly stowed gear. When they find a loose tarp they can turn a docile hibernating boat into a flying projectile which can cause damage to neighbouring craft. Members are responsible for ensuring they have "battened down the hatches" on their equipment stored at the Jericho Sailing Centre. If your boat causes damage to neighbouring craft you can be held liable. We encourage you to check your craft regularly year round (particularly before & after gnarly windstorms), remove any parts or equipment that can be easily removed (most thefts occur between Oct.-April) and make sure water doesn't collect inside your hull (if it freezes and expands it can cause major damage).

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