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BC Sailing Race Management Courses

The Jericho Sailing Centre will be hosting 2 BC Sailing Race Management Courses.

The first is the ARO Course which is one session on Tuesday, February 23 at 7 pm at the Jericho Sailing Centre.  

The ARO course is for members of a club race committee. It’s about sailboat racing for new folks, and covers some of the jobs on the committee, basic signals and communication. Fee is $20, which includes a copy of the handy booklet “Join the Race Committee”. Those who attend will be certified “Assistant Race Officer”. Register with Holly Slaney at 604-224-4177 or email admin@-remove-me- jsca.bc.ca by Sunday, February 21.


The second is the CRO  Course whcih is three sessions Thursday, February 25 Tuesday, March 1 Thursday, March 3 at 7 pm at the Jericho Sailing Centre Association

The CRO course is for leaders of a club race committee. You should have racing experience, or have spent some time on a club race committee. Over three sessions, we will cover the basics of the racing rules, working with your committee and your club, setting a course, starting procedures, managing racing and the finish. Fee is $30, and you need to bring a current rule book with you to the course. Those who attend will be certified as a “Club Race Officer” following a report of your practical experience. Register with Holly Slaney at 604-224-4177 or email admin@-remove-me- jsca.bc.ca by Tuesday, February 23.

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Streaming Camera is Live again

Members, the PTZ streaming camera is now back up, just in time to watch the King Tide on Weds at 8am.  See here.

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Boat Show Volunteers Needed

The JSCA is looking for JSCA members to volunteer at the upcoming Vancouver International Boat Show. If you are interested please give the office a call at 604-224-4177 and ask for Holly.


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Seasons Greetings

To all our members, wishing you all the best for the festive holiday.

(please note: camera infrastructure is temporarily unavailable)

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Storm Season: Batten Down the Hatches!

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 and make sure water doesn’t collect inside your hull (if it freezes and expands it can cause major damage).

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Cold Water Safety

Here are some things you must know about to recreate safely on English Bay at this time of year:
Appropriate Attire – Dress for Cold Water Immersion
The water temperature is well below the level where it is safe to recreate without a proper  wetsuit (no shorties) 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.

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 leaving their crew swimming. 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. In addition to this, if you are launching from Jericho Beach stop in at the Jericho Sailing Centre office and fill out the WINTER LAUNCH LOG 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 particularly if you are not equipped with legally required running lights. 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 give you more information on coping with cold water conditions:
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Surprise Math Quiz: Jericho & DSA “Do The Math”

DSA Fleet Racing in a Fresh Breeze (helicopter above)

JSCA sailor and board member, James Kennedy was visiting friends when he took a casual interest in their son’s grade 10 math homework. As James was checking out the textbook, to see if things had changed since he was in grade 10, mastering the abacus, he was surprised to find the following question:

“The Disabled Sailing Association had its first sessions at the Jericho Sailing Centre in Vancouver, BC. At a recent regatta, a television news team tracked two sailboats from a helicopter 800m above the water. The team observed the sailboats on the left and right sides of the helicopter at angles of depression of 58 degrees and 36 degrees, respectively.

a) Which boat is located closer to the helicopter? Explain.
b) Determine the distance between the two boats. Express your answer to the nearest metre.”

Think you know the answer? Get out your abacus and be the first to reply to this newsletter with the correct answer to win a Jericho Sailing Centre Fox 40 safety whistle and lanyard

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UBC Sailing Team Take 2nd @ Canadian Nationals

UBC Sailing Team Take 2nd @ Canadian Nationals

Congratulations to UBC Sailing Team crewAshley-Belle Burns, Joseph Gustafson, Gregory Woollgar,and Hanno Kite-Powell, who finished 2nd at the Collegiate Canadian Nationals in Kingston Ontario earlier this month. Coached by Marie-Pier Alary at the event, the team trains regularly at the Jericho Sailing Centre throughout the school year.


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Annual Royal Visit Impending Jericho Sailing Centre Sinks In Stormy King Tides

In the winter of 1894 a powerful Pacific storm bearing westerly winds merged with a massive  Salish Sea King tide and produced a devastating, wave scouring, flood that wiped out a local pioneer of Vancouver recreation on this site, the Jericho Golf & Country Club. In less time than it would take to play a round of golf, 18 holes were vigorously washed down nature’s drain.
More recently we’ve become increasingly aware of King Tides, the highest of annual tides, caused by the closest proximity of the earth to the sun which occurs during this time of year. A Pacific Ocean storm surge can cause local water levels to rise as much as 2 feet,  not normally a problem, until you pair it with the ripest of King Tides. It is reasonably rare that the peak period of a King Tide perfectly aligns with the required duration and intensity sweet spot of a Pacific storm, but over the past few years it seems to have happened with more flood-forming frequency.
The latest benchmark December 2012 King Tide & westerly Pacific storm combo teamed up with a broken log boom to batter and splinter the Jericho Pier leaving it severely bruised, beaten and unusable for 6 months-suddenly people began to take notice. King is a thing, and maybe there is something to this climate change, rising sea levels, “other thing”.
On November 28, 2014 a less Kingly tide (15.6ft) united in anger with a strong westerly wind, again transporting surf logs, Trident’s favourite battering rams, into the hapless Jericho Pier. This time the damage was not as serious and although it had to be closed for deck repairs it was reopened within in a few days, much to the enjoyment of Vancouver ocean lovers. For a brief spell, during the climax of last November’s surge, the north fringe of the Jericho Sailing Centre became one with the sea. (See photos).
In early December, 2014, King Tides combined with 2 powerful storms on consecutive days hitting the Lower Mainland with SE winds and an ocean of rain (an ingredient not normally included in westerly winds). The effects were destructive in Boundary Bay; the landing zone for waves driven across the full fetch of the Puget Sound. At Jericho, as with any southerly/easterly wind, the sea surface was relatively benign, but it did quietly creep within the north fence of the Jericho Sailing Centre for a short visit and filled the very NW corner of the compound, floating some Viking Sailing
Club boats
Ocean levels worldwide are rising, so climate change and flooding in the area of Jericho, Locarno and Spanish bank has been on the City of Vancouver’s radar for a while now: thousands of sandbags placed in the area this week is evidence they are well aware and ready to take action. The Jericho flood model shown above is an extreme example, significantly beyond the land mark flood of December 2012 or anything we’ve seen in the last quarter century, but it is something that is being considered in the planning to help keep our heads above the water in the future. As an oceanic educational facility we can easily recognize and appreciate that heeding a lesson from our maritime past can help us avoid repeating the historic Jericho recreational facility experience of, sinking like a putt
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Join the Crew! JSCA Committee Season ***date change included

JSCA members are encouraged to participate on the committees to help us ensure that the JSCA best serves the needs of all members. If you are unable to personally attend but have some ideas you’d like to see happen please email me and I will take them to the appropriate committee meeting. The following is a list of JSCA standing committees and a summary of their functions:

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE (Next Meeting November 17 @ 1900H) To serve as the Jericho Sailing Centre’s Technical Maintenance Committee for the building, compound, ramps and beaches. To consider requests for annual allocation and restricted use of club/meet­ing rooms, craft storage, and locker space. To receive and consider members’ appeals of administration decisions in reference to storage and space allocation, and make recommenda­tions to the Board.

SAFETY COMMITTEE   ***** (New Meeting Date November 24 @ 1700H)******  

To oversee the operation and maintenance of all J.S.C.A. power craft and accessory equipment. Be responsible for training and testing all operators of J.S.C.A. power craft. Oversee the Jericho Rescue Team Program. To maintain a safety conscious atmosphere for J.S.C.A. users, both on the water and in/around the compound.

PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE (Annual Event Planning Meeting November 24 @ 1900H)

To plan J.S.C.A. Special Events and racing schedule. To oversee all aspects of racing at J.S.C.A . To oversee the production of the J.S.C.A. newsletter to ensure it is produced and distributed with reasonable frequency and adequate quality. To oversee the development and maintenance of the JSCA website.

PLANNING COMMITTEE (Next Meeting November 25 @ 1900H)
To provide a structure for the on-going function and development of the physical plant of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association.
Upcoming JSCA Board Meetings:
Tuesdays: December 8; January 26; February 16; all @ 1900H
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Breaking News, PM Justin Trudeau orders Kits Base Re-Opened


Office of the Prime Minister

Dear Mr. Tootoo:

I am honoured that you have agreed to serve Canadians as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

We have promised Canadians a government that will bring real change – in both what we do and how we do it. Canadians sent a clear message in this election, and our platform offered a new, ambitious plan for a strong and growing middle class. Canadians expect us to fulfill our commitments, and it is my expectation that you will do your part in delivering on those promises to Canadians.

We made a commitment to invest in growing our economy, strengthening the middle class, and helping those working hard to join it. We committed to provide more direct help to those who need it by giving less to those who do not. We committed to public investment as the best way to spur economic growth, job creation, and broad-based prosperity. We committed to a responsible, transparent fiscal plan for challenging economic times.

I expect Canadians to hold us accountable for delivering these commitments, and I expect all ministers to do their part – individually and collectively – to improve economic opportunity and security for Canadians.

It is my expectation that we will deliver real results and professional government to Canadians.  To ensure that we have a strong focus on results, I will expect Cabinet committees and individual ministers to: track and report on the progress of our commitments; assess the effectiveness of our work; and align our resources with priorities, in order to get the results we want and Canadians deserve.

If we are to tackle the real challenges we face as a country – from a struggling middle class to the threat of climate change – Canadians need to have faith in their government’s honesty and willingness to listen.  I expect that our work will be informed by performance measurement, evidence, and feedback from Canadians.  We will direct our resources to those initiatives that are having the greatest, positive impact on the lives of Canadians, and that will allow us to meet our commitments to them.  I expect you to report regularly on your progress toward fulfilling our commitments and to help develop effective measures that assess the impact of the organizations for which you are answerable.

I made a personal commitment to bring new leadership and a new tone to Ottawa.  We made a commitment to Canadians to pursue our goals with a renewed sense of collaboration. Improved partnerships with provincial, territorial, and municipal governments are essential to deliver the real, positive change that we promised Canadians. No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

We have also committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government.  It is time to shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it serves.  Government and its information should be open by default.  If we want Canadians to trust their government, we need a government that trusts Canadians.  It is important that we acknowledge mistakes when we make them.  Canadians do not expect us to be perfect – they expect us to be honest, open, and sincere in our efforts to serve the public interest.

Our platform guides our government.  Over the course of our four-year mandate, I expect us to deliver on all of our commitments.  It is our collective responsibility to ensure that we fulfill our promises, while living within our fiscal plan.  Other issues will arise or will be brought to our attention by Canadians, stakeholders, and the public service.  It is my expectation that you will engage constructively and thoughtfully and add priorities to your agenda when appropriate.

As Minister, you will be held accountable for our commitment to bring a different style of leadership to government. This will include: close collaboration with your colleagues; meaningful engagement with Opposition Members of Parliament, Parliamentary Committees and the public service; constructive dialogue with Canadians, civil society, and stakeholders, including business, organized labour, the broader public sector, and the not-for-profit and charitable sectors; and identifying ways to find solutions and avoid escalating conflicts unnecessarily. As well, members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, indeed all journalists in Canada and abroad, are professionals who, by asking necessary questions, contribute in an important way to the democratic process. Your professionalism and engagement with them is essential.

Canadians expect us, in our work, to reflect the values we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, hard work, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. We will be a government that governs for all Canadians, and I expect you, in your work, to bring Canadians together.

You are expected to do your part to fulfill our government’s commitment to transparent, merit-based appointments, to help ensure gender parity and that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are better reflected in positions of leadership.

As Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, your overarching goal will be to protect our three oceans, coasts, waterways and fisheries and ensure that they remain healthy for future generations. Canada is uniquely blessed with an abundance of freshwater and marine and coastal areas that are ecologically diverse and economically significant. Canada has a responsibility to the world to steward our resources with care.

In particular, I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities:

  • Work with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to increase the proportion of Canada’s marine and coastal areas that are protected – to five percent by 2017, and ten percent by 2020 – supported by new investments in community consultation and science.
  • Restore annual federal funding for freshwater research, and make new investments in Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area.
  • Restore funding to support federal ocean science and monitoring programs, to protect the health of fish stocks, to monitor contaminants and pollution in the oceans, and to support responsible and sustainable aquaculture industries on Canada’s coasts.
  • Use scientific evidence and the precautionary principle, and take into account climate change, when making decisions affecting fish stocks and ecosystem management.
  • Work with the provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples, and other stakeholders to better co-manage our three oceans.
  • Support the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to renew our commitment to protect the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River Basin, and the Lake Winnipeg Basin.
  • Act on recommendations of the Cohen Commission on restoring sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser River.
  • Work with the Minister of Transport to review the previous government’s changes to the Fisheries and Navigable Waters Protection Acts, restore lost protections, and incorporate modern safeguards.
  • Work with the Ministers of Transport, Natural Resources and Environment and Climate Change to formalize the moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast, including the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, and Queen Charlotte Sound.
  • Work with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Natural Resources, to immediately review Canada’s environmental assessment processes and introduce new, fair processes that will:
    • restore robust oversight and thorough environmental assessments of areas under federal jurisdiction, while also working with provinces and territories to avoid duplication;
    • ensure that decisions are based on science, facts, and evidence, and serve the public interest;
    • provide ways for Canadians to express their views and opportunities for experts to meaningfully participate; and
    • require project advocates to choose the best technologies available to reduce environmental impacts.
  • Re-open the Maritime Rescue Sub-centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base in Vancouver.
  • Work with the Minister of Public Services and Procurement to meet the commitments that were made for new Coast Guard vessels as part of the National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy.
  • Work with the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to improve marine safety.
  • Work with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Science to examine the implications of climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems.

These priorities draw heavily from our election platform commitments. The government’s agenda will be further articulated through Cabinet discussions and in the Speech from the Throne when Parliament opens.

I expect you to work closely with your Deputy Minister and his or her senior officials to ensure that the ongoing work of your department is undertaken in a professional manner and that decisions are made in the public interest.  Your Deputy Minister will brief you on issues your department may be facing that may require decisions to be made quickly.  It is my expectation that you will apply our values and principles to these decisions, so that issues facing your department are dealt with in a timely and responsible manner, and in a way that is consistent with the overall direction of our government.

Our ability, as a government, to successfully implement our platform depends on our ability to thoughtfully consider the professional, non-partisan advice of public servants.  Each and every time a government employee comes to work, they do so in service to Canada, with a goal of improving our country and the lives of all Canadians.  I expect you to establish a collaborative working relationship with your Deputy Minister, whose role, and the role of public servants under his or her direction, is to support you in the performance of your responsibilities.

In the coming weeks, the Privy Council Office (PCO) will be contacting you to set up a meeting with PCO officials, your Deputy Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office to further discuss your plans, commitments and priorities.

We have committed to an open, honest government that is accountable to Canadians, lives up to the highest ethical standards, and applies the utmost care and prudence in the handling of public funds.  I expect you to embody these values in your work and observe the highest ethical standards in everything you do.  When dealing with our Cabinet colleagues, Parliament, stakeholders, or the public, it is important that your behaviour and decisions meet Canadians’ well-founded expectations of our government.  I want Canadians to look on their own government with pride and trust.

As Minister, you must ensure that you are aware of and fully compliant with the Conflict of Interest Act and Treasury Board policies and guidelines. You will be provided with a copy of Open and Accountable Government to assist you as you undertake your responsibilities.  I ask that you carefully read it and ensure that your staff does so as well. I draw your attention in particular to the Ethical Guidelines set out in Annex A of that document, which apply to you and your staff. As noted in the Guidelines, you must uphold the highest standards of honesty and impartiality, and both the performance of your official duties and the arrangement of your private affairs should bear the closest public scrutiny. This is an obligation that is not fully discharged by simply acting within the law. Please also review the areas of Open and Accountable Government that we have expanded or strengthened, including the guidance on non-partisan use of departmental communications resources and the new code of conduct for exempt staff.

I know I can count on you to fulfill the important responsibilities entrusted in you. In turn, please know that you can count on me to support you every day in your role as Minister.

I am deeply grateful to have this opportunity to serve with you as we build an even greater country. Together, we will work tirelessly to honour the trust Canadians have given us.

Yours sincerely,

Prime Minister of Canada signature

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada

– See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-fisheries-oceans-and-canadian-coast-guard-mandate-letter#sthash.1REH27fM.dpuf

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NEW DATE Volunteer Sandbagger Work Party Rescheduled to Nov. 21







There are 13 days between November 27 and December 29 where King Tides will be equal to or greater than the 15.6′ one which aligned with a storm surge to create the flooding in this 2014 photo. The odds of a storm surge perfectly aligning with the peak of a King Tide are reasonably rare but Jericho will be prepared in case they do.

We are having a volunteer work party Saturday, November 21* at Noon to fill and strategically place sandbags in advance of winter King Tides and potential storm surges. All members welcome!

*This replaces the previously scheduled Nov. 28 work party.

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