Although we live and recreate in the California of Canada, ocean temperatures at this time of year are cold enough to be the most significant danger we all face when playing on Vancouver’s largest playground. Here are some things you must know before you launch:
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. Hypothermia is the most significant danger experienced ocean recreationalists face. A neoprene cowling, wool toque or hat should be standard equipment.
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
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.
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By now you should have received your email invoice for 2017 Jericho Sailing Centre Association Membership and Storage. The invoices are not due until April 1, however, you will receive a 2% discount if you pay before February 28.
For your convenience Visa or MasterCard payments can be made over the phone (604)224-4566. If you haven’t received your email invoice please contact the office asap.
If you are not planning to renew with us in 2017 please notify the office when you vacate (prior to March 31) so that we may assign your space to another member.
If you sell your craft and wish to transfer your space to the new owner you must inform the office in writing.
The 2017 event schedule is on our website Google Calendar at:
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association has a student employment grant position available and is inviting qualified candidates to apply for the position. We are looking for a Secretary/Receptionist who is enrolled full time in a post secondary school this term and is planning to return full time for the fall session. To qualify for the grant, applicants must be Canadian Citizens under 30 years of age. We are looking for a personable candidate who has a general knowledge of the types of ocean activities supported by the Jericho Sailing Centre. Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday, March 8, The Metro Vancouver Homeless Count* will take a snapshot of homelessness throughout our region. For the first time, this year’s count will assess homeless individuals who may be living aboard vessels, ‘Liveaboard homelessness’.
Teams of volunteers in marked powerboats will travel the waterways of our regions to search out, meet and interview ‘Liveaboards’ and complete a survey questionnaire.
If you would like to volunteer for the Waterways Survey, you must be:
To become a volunteer or to receive more information, please contact the 2017 Homeless Count Waterways Survey Coordinator, Eric Schwartz at C.604.724.7589 or by email at email@example.com
*The Metro Vancouver Homeless Count provides critical information on our region’s homeless population. Service providers, planners, community groups, health authorities, municipalities, and funders use information from the Homeless Counts to assist in policy development, planning, and prioritizing programs and services to address the needs of people who are homeless.
The Club Race Officer (CRO) course covers the duties of a Race Officer in charge of a race course, including organization, setting courses, starting, controlling events throughout the race and finishing procedures. Prior experience on a race committee, or a racing experience is beneficial.
Jericho Sailing Centre, NE meeting room
Cost: $50, includes 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing and Join the Race Committee books
Time: 9:30-4:30, 1 hr break for lunch (not included)
Instructors: John Culter, IRO, Paul Evenden, RRO
Register with Jericho Sailing Centre, 604-224-4177
Minimum participants: 8
Maximum Participants: 16
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club 3rd Annual General Meeting this Sunday, February 19 at 1600H in the Sailor’s Lounge of the Jericho Sailing Centre
The first sailing event of 2017 kicks off from the Jericho Sailing Centre this weekend, February 18 & 19 as the UBC Thunderbirds Sailing Sport Club hosts the 2017 Sea to Sky Inter-Collegiate Regatta. This year, there will be 61 sailors participating on Vancouver’s largest playground: 9 from UBC, 17 from University of Victoria, 16 from University of Washington, 16 from Western Washington University, and 4 from University of Puget Sound.
The Sea to Sky Regatta is one of two opportunities to watch UBC’s sailors compete on home turf at Jericho Sailing Centre. The second will be the NWICSA Women’s Championships, (a qualifying regatta for ICSA Women’s Nationals), on April 1 & 2.
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The 2017 Vancouver Boat Show will take place from January 18-22, at BC Place Stadium. The JSCA will have an informational display at the show and is looking for JSCA member volunteers to crew our booth. It’s a great way to meet your fellow members, spread the good word about the Jericho Sailing Centre and gain free admission to the show.We are looking for volunteers for two hour shifts. To sign up please email Maya at “firstname.lastname@example.org” or call the office 604-224-4177.
BC Hydro will be replacing a power pole in Jericho Beach Park on Saturday, January 7th and there will be no power service to the Jericho Sailing Centre from 0700H-1700H. The compound will be accessible, however the winches will not be operable. The building will remain closed for that day, anyone requiring access to lockers or clubrooms should make prior arrangements. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
BC Hydro will be replacing a power pole in Jericho Beach Park on Saturday, December 10 and there will be no power service to the Jericho Sailing Centre from 0700H-1700H. The compound will be accessible, however the winches will not be operable. The building will remain closed for that day, anyone requiring access to lockers or clubrooms should make prior arrangements. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.