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In the Wind, September 8, 2006

Ahoy JSCA Members:
Here is what’s “in the wind”, coming events and items of interest at Vancouver’s ocean access community centre for the week of September 7-September 13, 2006 and beyond:

Tasar BC Championships Sept 9 & 10
This weekend Tasars will be burning up the salty pond in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre in the quest for the Tasar BC Championships. The Tasar is a doubled-handed monohull sailing dinghy which, according to Aussie designer Frank Braithwaite, was developed as a hard chined, racing machine with an optimum crew weight that matches the combined weight of the average man and the average woman-a monohull matchmaker. Crikey!!! Sail racing an Australian double hander with your spouse?! It may sound like a recipe for a sea disaster, love on the rocks, but look at all the happy Tasar sailors at the Jericho Sailing Centre and their guests from other parts of BC and Washington State who participate in a travelling Can Am Race Series. The Jericho Tasar Fleet has added an incentive to Tasar sailors who are new to racing by offering half price regatta registration fees. For more information on Tasars and/or the Tasar BC Championships roll tack over to www.natasar.org

Jericho Accessible? Why yes, we are!
Just as we’ve completed the break-in period on the swanky new elevator, the Jericho Sailing Centre will host the first annual Able Sail Symposium on Sunday, September 10 organized by Canada’s Able Sail Network (ASN), an association of operators of accessible sailing programs across the country committed to promote and develop the sport/recreation of accessible sailing. Look for avid Jericho sailor and Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan to make a cameo appearance. For more info sail over to www.mobilitycup.org

Disabled Sailing Association Mobility Cup Sept 11-15
While the official host for this year’s 16th Annual Mobility Cup is the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, the JSCA will also be supporting this enabling event with facilities and on water rescue and race support. The Jericho Sailing Centre has been THE host to more Mobility Cups than any other facility in the country including the first one way back in 1991. For info click www.mobilitycup.org

Old Boys Take To the Field
The UBC Old Boys Ravens Rugby season commences this Saturday at 1300H on the rugby pitch.

Volunteer Workparty—Saturday 1000H-1500H
The bin is in; we need volunteers to assist with our Compound Clean-up and the ongoing
Battle of the Blackberries. We’ll provide work gloves, tools and refreshments.

Jericho Photo Contest
We are preparing the JSCA New and Improved 2007 Tide Chart Calendar and need some classic Jericho Sailing Centre type photos to grace it’s pages. Send us your best photos and you could win a 2007 Calendar plus a Jericho H2O Travel Mug.

Sunday Racing Sept. 17 @ 1230H
The last Sunday Race of 2006 will be Sept. 17. Penguin Cup Racing Dates are October 8, 15, 22 & 29 @1230H.

Tuesday Night Racing Sept 12 @ 1815H
Only 2 left Sept 12 & 19

Ocean Conservatory’s International Clean-up Day Sept. 16
Jericho members are invited to participate in an annual International Clean-up Day on Saturday, September 16 from 0800H-1600H. Project Aware (Aquatic World Awareness, Responsibility and Education) divers will be scouring the ocean bottom under the marginal wharf and Jericho Pier bringing up junk and debris. Do your part to keep your ocean environment clean. For more info. surf www.projectaware.org

Other Events Coming to the Jericho Sailing Centre in September
UBC Day of the Longboat Sept. 23, 24, 30 & Oct. 1
Heart & Stroke Foundation Walk for Heart Sept. 24 www.heartandstroke.ca/walk

September Office Hours
JSCA September office hours are 0900H-1700H seven days a week.

JSCA Meetings
JSCA Board Sept. 11 @ 1900H
Planning Committee Sept. 18 @ 1900H
-Jericho Sailing Centre Compound Development Plan

English Bay Safety Seminar Off-Season Edition September 25 @ 1900H
This two hour safety information seminar covers all the information needed to help you recreate safety on Burrard Inlet. As we approach the cold water season this session will focus on keeping you safe in Fall/Winter/Spring conditions. RSVP JSCA Office.

Safety Tips
Daylight hours are getting shorter as we slip from the warm embrace of summer and the importance of noting the time of the sunset on our weather notice board intensifies. One thing that doesn’t change is that the wind often dies within an hour of sunset. Don’t be caught any further from the centre than you would wish to paddle, and hey, don’t forget your paddle!

Have a safe week!
Fair winds,
Mike

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