Wind, September 28, 2006
Ahoy JSCA Members:
Here is what’s “in the wind”, coming events and items of interest at
the Jericho Sailing Centre, your ocean access community centre, for
the week of September 28-October 4, 2006 and beyond:
Longboats are Here! The real BIG Event Sept. 30 & Oct.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if every member of the
JSCA showed up on the same day come down and have a gander this Saturday,
September 30 between 0800H-1630H. Over 3,000 paddlers, from novice to
expert, will be competing in the 20th Annual UBC Rec Sports “Day of
the Longboat”. This is our biggest annual event, very spectator friendly,
and showcases the Jericho Sailing Centre in action. There will be a
festival atmosphere with a DJ and music filling the air. Three hundred
and twenty 10 person teams, primarily UBC students (teams from the General
Public are also included) compete in Voyageur canoes. Heats of eight
boats start in Le Mans style on the beach just below our deck and the
bump and grind action is fast and furious as they scramble to get through
that first fibreglass crunching turn just 50 metres off the shore. From
there they race east and round a second mark heading for Jericho Beach
where they pick up a cone and head back to the Jericho Sailing Centre.
For the first time the entire race will be viewable from our new rooftop
Safety/Observation Deck. If you are looking for a slightly quieter day
comedown on Sunday when only the finalists are racing-you can cheer
on the Jericho Rescue Team crew, trying to preserve their perfect record,
as they go head to head with the UBC Rec Crew. If you are looking for
a really quiet day, go to UBC!
Skiff Racing Clinic Sept. 30 & Oct. 1
In order to defend her against a barrage of “Voyaguer torpedos” the
Albatross will be relocated NW of the Jericho Pier this weekend during
the Day of the Longboat. We’ll drop a Start pin and a windward mark
to allow our skiff sailor’s to conduct a race clinic each day from 1000H-1600H.
Rewind - UBC SC Freestyle Windsurfing Jam – Last Saturday
There was great freestyle windsurfing energy and boardhead camaraderie
at the first (maybe annual?) UBC Sailing Club Freestyle Windsurfing
Jam last Saturday. Thanks to Randy Clark and all the club members who
organized the event and invited all Jericho boardheads including windsurfing
dinosaurs like Bernard Labrosse and myself to share in the spirit of
creative splashing. Maryam Moghaddas wowed the crowd with her best impression
of the “Tortoise and the Hare” by engineering a stunning come from behind
victory in the Freestyle Supercross leaving her competitors floundering
and sputtering in awe.(she must have a good coach!)
Penguin Cup Racing Coming Soon 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.
Mini Rugby Program Sundays @ 1000H
Former Canadian Rugby team member and current UBC Old Boy Gareth Rees
is conducting 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
Garden Party! October 7 & 8 1000H-1400H
The time has come to plant our new native plant garden outside the south
fence of the Jericho Sailing Centre between the entrance sign and the
SW Corner. The garden was designed by our resident “Green Thumb” Paul
Morris and approved by the JSCA Planning Committee as part of our Compound
Development Plan. The area was seeded with grass last Spring to fallow
over the summer and is now ready for planting. If you can dig it, we
are looking for volunteers to help us plant an artfully arranged garden
of Shore Pines, Dogwoods, Western Trumpet Honeysuckles, Thimbleberries,
Pacific Ninebarks, etc. amongst a groundcover of Coastal Strawberry.
Refreshments supplied. Many thanks to the Jericho Park Stewardship Group
and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (as well as Paul Morris
and Rae Collins) for donating soil and plants.
Good BC Grass! October 7 & 8 1000H-1400H
We will be turning the soil and reseeding the grass rigging/rinsing
area just east of the building adjacent to the plaza so that we have
a fresh crop of grass for the Spring of 2007. We are looking for volunteers
who want to get down and get dirty in order to functionally beautify
our compound. Refreshments provided, worms welcome, lawn chairs optional.
JSCA Annual General Meeting Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for volunteers to assist with the election at our Annual
General Meeting on Tuesday, October 24. If you are interested in helping
out with voter registration, ballot counting or scrutineering please
contact me in the JSCA office. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
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.
MacSailing Fall Dinghy Sailing Programs
Adult Sail Training Programs are available Sept. 30 & October 1.
Fall Racing Sessions will be on weekends during October and November
from 1300H-1600H. Contact MacSailing at email@example.com or tack
over to their website at www.macsailing.com.
October Office Hours
JSCA October office hours are 0900H-1700H seven days a week.
Galley Patio & Grill Now Open Weekends Only
JSCA Board Meeting October 10 @ 1900H
JSCA Annual General Meeting October 24 @ 1900H
Safety Tips-Launching Amongst Longboats
Regular users of the Jericho Sailing Centre are encouraged to follow
through with their sailing/paddling plans during the Day of the Longboat
however you must be aware of the hazard and captain your ship accordingly.
The Voyaguer canoes are difficult to maneuver and impossible to stop
within a reasonable distance when crewed by experienced paddlers. In
this event most of the paddlers are inexperienced so the onus is on
you to avoid a collision. This is easily done if you are aware and attentive
to the situation. The heats start between Ramps 1 & 2 and go roughly
every 8-10 minutes heading due North. If you time your launch or arrival
back to shore just after a start you should be in a good position, however,
there are two heats on the course at any one time and you must be aware
of the finishers heading to the beach between Ramps 2 & 3. Usually
by the finish of the 2Km course the boats are well spread out and it’s
easy to leave or return from shore between them.
Award Winning Galley?
Late breaking News…. The Galley Patio & Grill has been nominated
for a WHERE Vancouver magazine Most Memorable Meal Award in the category
of “Cheap Eats”. That knowledge and $5.69 will get you a basket of Yam
Fries in the Galley on weekends only now as they commence their Fall/Winter
Have a safe week!
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