Jericho Sailing Centre AssociationMay 8, 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 May 8, 2019 and beyond:
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THIS SATURDAY! Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE & SOS Sailpast   
The annual Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE is on Saturday, May 11 from Noon-1600H. Bring your landlubber friends, co-workers, neighbours and relatives down to the Centre on that day to check out all of the ocean access opportunities available to them. Our schools, clubs and fleets will be on hand with sign-up information and displays, the Jericho Rescue Team will be doing rescue demonstrations, there will be plenty of activity on the water and guests will receive member discounts on purchases in the Galley Patio & Grill.
Jericho Sailing Centre - SOS  
Season Opening Sailpast Saturday May 11 1200H 
A centuries old sailing tradition, the "Sailpast" originated when ships amassed prior to naval conflict and sailed past the Admiral's vessel to salute him/her, pledging their allegiance and hoping to pass inspection. Despite a happy lack of recent naval conflict, the world wide boating tradition continues to this day, supported by the superstitious, mariner notion that good luck and good weather accompanies all vessels and crew who participate.

The Jericho Sailing Centre Season Opening Sailpast (SOS) is important to you, good member, to ensure that all of your ocean excursions this 2019 season are blessed with favourable weather.

At Jericho, we consider the word "Sailing" to be the verb, meaning "travel over water" which is inclusive of all small, naturally powered, craft native to this shore. All Jericho Members and guests are invited to sail, paddle, windsurf, row, SUP, whatever you like to do here, past our flagship, the Albatross, to salute our "Admiral", JSCA President Chris Stairs and crew on Saturday, May 11 between Noon and 1300H.

The SOS is also an important part of the Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE as it gives our visiting landlubber friends an opportunity to see the Jericho Sailing Centre in action - rain or shine please come out and share your Jericho spirit.
Jericho Affiliate Club Sign-up Season
Come talk to our clubs at the Jericho Open House Noon-1600H This Saturday
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 -
Companionway Sailing Club - 
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club -
For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to
Shed Your Landlubberness
Spring Into Vancouver's Largest Playground
Jericho Sailing Centre Schools Now Open
Come talk to our schools at the Jericho Open House Noon-1600H This Saturday
The Jericho Sailing Centre is Vancouver's ocean community centre for a wide range of ocean recreation programs. Situated on the south shore of English Bay in Point Grey, our affiliated professional schools have adult classes for kayaking, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, stand up paddle boarding and canoeing.

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

Kayaking Programs

Dinghy Sailing & Canoeing Programs
Windsurfing, SUP & Skimboarding

Jericho Wavechaser Paddling Race Series       
This Thursday                     May 9
The Jericho WaveChaser Paddle Series continues on Thursday, May 9. Tune in to for series details as they emerge. 
Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta               May 18-19
We lost an inspirational volunteer and racer last fall. Andy Hunt was an avid Laser racer with a remarkable volunteer spirit which he shared generously with the sailing communities of the Jericho Sailing Centre, Kitsilano Yacht Club, Hollyburn Sailing Club and elsewhere. Andy was the Jericho Sailing Centre Association's Programs Chair for almost 25 years and helped organize and conduct dozens of regattas here in that time, often sacrificing his own racing opportunities to officiate racing for others. To celebrate Andy's life, his volunteer spirit and his passion for sail racing we are welcoming everyone to the Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta on May 18-19.  
Saturday's program will have 3 components: 1.) racing 1300H-1630H; 2.) dinner 1730H; and, 3.) an informal celebration of Andy's life including a slideshow* and open mic for anyone who would like to share their memories of Andy. Regatta registration includes dinner and extra tickets will be available to anyone not registered in the regatta for $15. The celebration is open to anyone who knew Andy and would like to attend.  
Sunday's program will have 2 components: 1.) an on water, 8 bells type ceremony, off of our race committee boat Albatross (also known as "Andy's office"); and, 2.) racing 1100H-1500H.
We are honoured to have some of Andy's family members with us for this very special event.
For more information on the Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta, laser over to the  
* If you have a picture(s) of Andy you'd like to share in our slideshow, please send via return email asap.   
Spring Sail Racing @ Jericho                               
Sunday Racing - 1230H Every non-regatta Sunday through September 1
*racing will start at 1300H May 5 due to the Vancouver Marathon 

Tuesday Nite Racing - 1815H every Tuesday through September 3
May 18/19     Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta    
June 1/2        Jericho Classic Regatta
June 15/16    Cat Classic Regatta
For a complete event schedule barge over to:

2019 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule

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

May 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 0930-2000H through May.  

Amended Port Information Guide Now in Effect
The waters off Jericho may be Vancouver's largest playground but they are also part of Canada's busiest port. Recreational vessels must give way to commercial traffic. No vessels are permitted within 50 metres of ships at anchor. Know where the shipping lane is and understand that you must not loiter in it. Approaches to the First Narrows are off limits to Jericho style craft. To learn more about the Port of Vancouver, ship over to:

To get more safety information specific to users of the Jericho Sailing Centre, attend one of our FREE English Bay Safety Seminars      Next one: June 3 @ 1900H  

National Safe Boating Awareness Week           May 18-24
  We'd like every week to be Safe Boating Awareness Week, here at the Jericho Sailing Centre. We are onboard with Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety May 18-24 for National Safe Boating Awareness week. For more info., transit safely over to:
English Bay Safety Seminar - the evolution of 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 45 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 3, June 17, July 15. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

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:
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. 
Pay Parking in effect @ Jericho through to September 30
Pay Parking will be in effect in Jericho Beach Park from April 1 through September 30. Hourly rates will be $3.50; daily rates will be $13.
Season parking passes are available through HonkMobile for $87.
To apply for a parking pass:
Click on the  "Seasonal Parking Permits Apr 1 - Sept 30"
Fill out the form, pay, and send.
For hourly parking:
Please note: NO PARKING from 10 pm - 6 am.   
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