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In the Wind, September 21, 2006

Ahoy JSCA Members:
Here is what’s “in the wind”, coming events and items of interest at the Jericho Sailing Centre, Vancouver’s ocean access community centre, for the week of September 21-September 27, 2006 and beyond:

Longboats are Coming! Practice Dates Sept. 23 & 24
Over 3,000 paddlers, from novice to expert, will be tugging at the sea surface over the next two weekends to propel 10 person voyageur canoes over English Bay as part of the 20th Annual UBC Intramural Sports “Day of the Longboat”. This is the biggest event held at the Jericho Sailing Centre each year and it’s an incredible spectacle to behold-very spectator friendly. Three hundred 10 person teams portage their way through a one hour orientation including dryland and on water training this weekend with the big event happening on September 30 and October 1 from 0800H-1700H. Hut Hoe!

Heart and Stroke – Walk For Heart--This Sunday September 24
Different strokes for different folks. Strokes occurring at the Jericho Sailing Centre usually involve paddles and oars but this Sunday the JSCA donates the use of our part of our facility to support research for a different type of stroke. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a leading funder of heart and stroke research in Canada, and the Walk for Heart is one of the Foundations largest community based fundraising events. For more information or to register, stroll over to . You can also register in person at the Jericho Sailing Centre Sunday morning at 0800H. The walk starts at 1000H rain or shine.

UBC SC Windsurfing Jam – Saturday, Sept. 23 @ 1300H
Come out and dance with the wind, test your windsurfing skills and learn some new tricks. The UBC Sailing Club will be hosting a small windsurfing competition for boardheads of all skill levels. There will be 3 events and everyone is invited to compete.
1.) Freestyle Seminar. Tips on freestyle moves. None of us are experts but we’ll try.
2.) Open Class Freestyle Supercross. Contestants must complete “Supercross” obstacle course. Criteria is time and points for stunts, enthusiasm and style. All skill levels welcome.
3.) One-on-one smackdowns. Head to head action. Crowd votes, not necessarily based on skill. Elimination format. Competitors pick their own gear. Voting by crowd noise. Costumes highly recommended. All skill levels welcome.
The BBQ will be on and a good time will be had by all. There will be a prize for the most enthusiastic competitor. Please email UBC Sailing Club`s resident boardhead Randy Clark or show up early (1100H ) if you would like to help set up.

Penguin Cup Racing Coming to an Iceberg Near You
Rig with numb fingers and walk like a Penguin in your cumbersome winter sailing attire-- Penguin Cup Racing Dates are October 8, 15, 22 & 29 @1230H. It’ll be chilly on the chuck but a warm fire awaits your return in the Sailor’s Lounge.

UBC Old Boys Rugby Football Club -- Field of Dreams 2007
The UBC Old Boys Ravens Rugby Club’s Official Season Opener against their arch rival Meralomas Rugby Club was a hard fought battle in both divisions with the Lomas catching all the lucky bounces to pull out two wins. This Saturday the Ravens play an Away game that feels just like Home as they travel back to the place of their origin to take on the UBC Thunderbirds Rugby Club at the UBC Rugby Grounds. The First Division teams kick off at 1300H with the Premier Division Teams gnashing cleats at 1430H.

Mini Rugby Program Sundays @ 1000H
“Over the hill”, former Canadian Rugby team member and current UBC Old Boy Gareth Rees (who will soon be using an “over the hill” windsurfer as a tackle dummy) is running the UBC Ravens Mini Rugby program over the fall and winter out of the Jericho Sailing Centre. The program is for kids ages 6-13 and goes Sundays from 10-Noon. Contact Gareth for more info or to sign up (604)562-9392.

Rack Attack Volunteer
Many, many thanks to Mark Daigle, who despite an absence of volunteer helpers, braved rain squalls and Arnold’s bad jokes to construct 5 new boat racks for the Jericho Compound.

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.

Other Events Coming to the Jericho Sailing Centre this Fall
MacSailing Fall Dinghy Sailing Programs
Adult Sail Training Programs are available Sept. 23, 24, 30 & October 1.
Fall Racing Sessions will be on weekends during October and November from 1300H-1600H. Contact MacSailing at or tack over to their website at

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

Programs Committee Meeting Sept. 25 @ 1900H
Board Meeting Sept. 26 & October 10 @ 1900H
JSCA Annual General Meeting October 24 @ 1900H

Corrections Department
Notice of JSCA AGM Printing Error
Our printers blew a gybe in the printing of our Notice of AGM which should have arrived in your snail mail box earlier this week. At no additional cost to the JSCA the correct version is being printed and should arrive in your mailbox early next week. The Notice of AGM is also posted on our website and onsite at the Centre for your convenience and viewing pleasure.
Whack me with a Broom! The Real Tasar BC’s Sweeper
I blew a gybe last week reporting that Brian McVicar had swept the Tasar BC’s Sweeper award. My apologies to Brian and congratulations to Chelsea and Mike the real recipients!

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
All craft operating out of the Jericho Sailing Centre are required by law to have a sound signalling device on board. Before you run out and install an “Oooga” horn on your kayak or an amplified ring tone on your Laser, a simple whistle will meet this requirement. At five bucks for a pealess Fox 40 whistle, in a distress situation, it could be the best investment you ever made.

Have a safe week!
Fair winds,

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