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Spanish Bank & Jericho Dodge Bullet That Grazes Other Vancouver Beaches

Call it a warning shot across our bows. Yesterday’s woefully impotent Federal response to a relatively minor fuel spill from a ship anchored in English Bay was a bleak preview of how safe Vancouver’s treasured beaches are going forward under the continued protection of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government. Ranking BC Conservative MP James Moore was once again

According to retired former Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Commander, Fred Moxey, this CCG environmental response vessel formerly stationed at Kits is sitting unused at the Sea Island Hovercraft Base.

 

quick to defend his government’s decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in 2013 saying it would not have made a difference, yet the station’s all weather cutter was equipped with spill containment booms and an environmental response vessel stationed there appears to have been just the right craft to keep this spill contained and off of our beaches-a necessary feature when recreation and industry share the same busy waterspace. The hovercraft meant to replace Kits Station is useless as an oil response vessel and can’t go anywhere close; sort of like when the poop hits the fan. Mr. Moore still doesn’t get it and today his competition, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced that, if elected, his party will reopen the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. The ball’s in your court, Mr. Moore; we treasure our marine environment.

 

Since the spill was first publicised yesterday morning the JSCA has been monitoring the ocean and shoreline in the vicinity of Jericho and Spanish Bank. Though we can easily see the source ship, approximately 3km north of the Jericho Sailing Centre, ocean currents have thankfully spared us from the same fate as our adjoining waters off Kitsilano & English Bay Beaches to the east as well as Ambleside and Dundarave to the north. Spill response crews are still working to clean-up the remnants of the spill off of the North Shore toward the Sandy Cove area. We do not expect this spill to affect ocean recreation activities for the users of the Jericho Sailing Centre and will continue to monitor the ocean and shoreline in this area and up Spanish Bank. We ask our users to remain vigilant for signs of the slick while on the water and remind them not to touch this toxic substance. Further to this, we recommend you confine your ocean activity to the SW quadrant of the inlet for the next couple of days and stay at least 2 ship lengths away from the Marathassa, 3 km directly north of Jericho.

Anyone interested in helping with shoreline clean-up in English Bay is encouraged to contact the City’s volunteer line at (604)873-7000.

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English Bay Spill Update 1300H April 10, 2015

Since the spill was first publicised yesterday morning the JSCA has been monitoring the ocean and shoreline in the vicinity of Jericho and Spanish Bank. Though we can easily see the source ship, approximately 3km north of the Jericho Sailing Centre, ocean currents have thankfully spared us from the same fate as our adjoining waters off Kitsilano & English Bay Beaches. Spill response crews are still working to clean-up the remnants of the spill off of the North Shore toward the Sandy Cove area. We do not expect this spill to affect ocean recreation activities for the users of the Jericho Sailing Centre and will continue to monitor the ocean and shoreline in this area and up Spanish Bank. We ask our users to remain vigilant for signs of the slick while on the water and remind them not to touch this toxic substance. Further to this we recommend you confine your ocean activity to the SW quadrant of the inlet for the next couple of days and stay at least 2 ship lengths away from the Marathassa, 3 km directly north of Jericho.

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2015 JSCA Fees Due by April 1 – Late Fees Commence April 2

A reminder that your 2015 JSCA Membership and Storage fees are due April 1, 2015. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, debit or credit in person during office hours 0930-1900H 7 days a week. Credit card payments can be made by phone (604) 224-4566.

Please don’t pay late! A late fee of $30 will apply to fees paid between April 2-30; a $60 late fee will be applied to late payments received during the month of May, and after that things go from bad to worse and your ship could end up on the craggy rocks of our annual bailiff auction. If you are planning not to store your craft at the Jericho Sailing Centre this year please ensure that you vacate by March 31 and notify the JSCA office so we may bring boats in from our waiting list. Bailiff Auction of unpaid craft July 18 @ Noon.

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Jericho Sailing Centre Volunteer Workparties Saturdays @ 1100H

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup: April 18 @ 1100H

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JSCA Members – Join the Jericho Rescue Team

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The Jericho Rescue Team is looking for current JSCA members who are experienced sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and/or rowers and are interested in developing their seamanship and water safety skills, to volunteer to assist their fellow boaters. The Jericho Rescue Team provides safety and rescue support for all on-water events facilitated by the JSCA. This year our Rescue Team members will provide safety and rescue coverage for the over 90 on-water event days on our 2015 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted on April 25 & 26. We provide training in water safety and seamanship, boat handling, boat rescue and first aid. Course graduates must complete ongoing Rescue Team training including the Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, VHF Radio Licence, emergency first aid and CPR Certification (all provided). If you are interested please contact Andrei or Mike in the Jericho office to discuss your qualification for this program.

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Ocean Schools @ Jericho Sailing Centre

Jericho Sailing Centre school programs commence in April. Dinghy Sailing, windsurfing, ocean kayaking and SUP lesson, rental and season pass gift certificates are available through Jericho Sailing Centre’s affiliated schools: http://jsca.bc.ca/schools/

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Pay Parking Commences April 1 Purchase your Season Pass Now

To apply for a parking pass Go to www.easypark.ca

A pass for the season (April 1 – September 30) is $83

Select seasonal/annual parking

Select Apply for a season pass

Lot Number = #69 Jericho

Requested Start Date: April 1, 2015

Category of parking = season pass

Select number of stalls required

Fill out the form and send. You can pay online with a credit card.

Easy Park will mail the pass to you or you can pick it up at their office.

Your other option is to go to the Easy Park office at 209 – 700 West Pender Street.   They will issue your parking pass while you wait.

Parking passes are not available through the Jericho Sailing Centre office.

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2015 Sail Racing Season @ Jericho kicks off March 29

The 2015 Jericho Sail Racing season kicks off on Sunday, March 29 with the first Penguin Cup Race at 1230H. The Penguin Cup Racing Series continues on April 5 & 12.

The first open sailing regatta of the season is the annual Flights of Spring Regatta April 18 & 19.

Jericho Sailing Centre’s weekly racing series commence with the first Sunday Race on May 3 @ 1230H followed by the first Tuesday Nite Race on May 5 @ 1815H.

Racers are reminded that all competitors must be properly dressed for cold water conditions and that early season racing is not necessarily recommended for inexperienced sailors. Anyone interested in learning to race is encouraged to sign up for the Rookie Racing Seminar on June 28 @ 0930H.

For a complete event schedule barge over to: http://jsca.bc.ca/events2/google-events-calendar/

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2015 JSCA Fees Due by April 1 – Late Fees Commence April 2

A reminder that your 2015 JSCA Membership and Storage fees are due April 1, 2015. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, debit or credit in person during office hours 0930-1900H 7 days a week. Credit card payments can be made by phone (604) 224-4566.

Please don’t pay late! A late fee of $30 will apply to fees paid between April 2-30; a $60 late fee will be applied to late payments received during the month of May, and after that things go from bad to worse and your ship could end up on the craggy rocks of our annual bailiff auction. If you are planning not to store your craft at the Jericho Sailing Centre this year please ensure that you vacate by March 31 and notify the JSCA office so we may bring boats in from our waiting list. Bailiff Auction of unpaid craft July 18 @ Noon.

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Jericho Sailing Centre Volunteer Workparties Saturdays @ 1100H

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup: April 18 @ 1100H

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International Paddling Film Festival Coming to Vancouver

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The Sea Kayak Association of BC presents the 10th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at Langara College,A130 Theatre 100 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (2 blocks E of Langara – 49th Ave SkyTrain)

Friday, March 27, 2015 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30 pm).

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international film tour presenting the world’s best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year on screens in 100-plus cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

With 23 inspiring paddling films short-listed for the World Tour, including the ten festival category winners, audiences can expect to see stand-up paddle surfing, hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, headwaters canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life.

With the $15 (advance) or $17 (at door) ticket to our Reel Paddling Film Festival screening our audience receives free digital subscriptions to Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler magazines, a $39 value. In addition there will be super door prizes and a silent auction supported by generous local businesses!

Proceeds from the event are to be donated to BC Marine Trails Network Association, working to bring paddlers and small boaters wonderful, secure BC coastal recreation destinations for generations to come.

Audiences can expect to see many great films; a list will be posted 10 days ahead of the event at www.skabc.org

For tickets and information please go to www.skabc.org or call Nick Heath, SKABC Membership volunteer at 604 417-3447.

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Ski Lifts Close While Ocean Playground Portal Blooms Early at Jericho

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Cherry blossoms, unseasonal hay fever and naked North Shore Mountains have distinguished February 2015 in Vancouver from any other in recent memory. The nervous warm spell leading up to, and during, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics was vaguely similar, but despite the need to truck recycled Zamboni snow from hockey rinks throughout the region to shore up the competition venues at Cypress Mountain, there was still a sunny smiling veil of visible snow on our local peaks. Sucks to be a skier this year, but so far this mildly frigid summer weather in winter has been delightful for paddlers, rowers, windsurfers, dinghy sailors and other hearty cold water souls launching out of the Jericho Sailing Centre.

The winter of 2010 delivered plenty of post-Olympics snow in March and although winter 2015 could also quickly circle back like a seagull gybing on a Pacific gale, the Jericho Sailing Centre is being readied and made ship shape earlier than usual to meet the annual seasonal increase in Vancouver sea mammal user-ship; anticipated sooner rather than later. For this weekend we’ll do something the JSCA hasn’t done in our 41 year history- we’ll turn on the compound water for boat washing stations in February. Due to the large areas of military grade concrete left by the former RCAF Jericho Beach Air Station which made laying pipe at a sufficient depth to avoid freezing impossible, the Jericho Sailing Centre has a summer compound water system which must be shut down and flushed; something we do every November; and re-energized when the threat of prolonged freezing periods has passed; usually late March, early April.

Our Annual Spring Clean-up usually commences later in March but since many of our users are not skiing as they normally are at this time of year we’d like to invite them, and all users, down to Jericho to prep boats for the season; tidy up boat storage spaces and lockers; join in a beach clean-up or volunteer work party. We’ll have a large bin in the compound to facilitate any boatly junk which has accumulated over the past year. The Galley Patio & Grill is open weekends (weather depending) 0900H-Sunset, for your food & beverage pleasure.

For those who do venture out on the water this winter, it is important to recognize that while the air temperatures are significantly warmer than usual, the water temperatures are much the same and hypothermia is still the danger it always is. Be prepared, dress properly and sail safe.

Jericho Sailing Centre Volunteer Workparties Saturdays @ 1100H

Beach Cleanups: February 21 & April 18 @ 1100H

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Movie Nite @ Jericho: Red Bull Storm Chase Premiere February 25 1900 H

Join us in the Burrard Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre on February 25 at 1900H for the Premiere Vancouver showing of Storm Chase. Like the wind, admission is FREE and everyone is welcome!

3 STORMS, 10 SAILORS, 1 CHAMPION. THE ENTIRE PLANET AS A STAGE.

These were the breathtaking ingredients for the most challenging windsurfing contest the world has ever seen.

What started as a four month global hunt ended in a two year long journey with Ireland, Tasmania and Cornwall as the final destinations. The criteria were simple: winds greater than force ten and ten world class windsurfers (including four world champions) from eight different countries, in a frenzied and passionate fight against giant waves and storm force gusts.

Red Bull Storm Chase has delivered a new era of windsurfing performance. Previously, nobody thought it was possible to even sail in the strength of storm-force winds that each one of the three missions delivered. So Red Bull Storm Chase proved to be the most challenging windsurfing contest in the history of the sport.

The result was footage of some of the most extreme windsurfing to ever take place and images never seen before in any windsurfing movie! Get the inside line on how the storms were chased with exclusive behind the scenes footage. Look deep into the souls of the riders, as they face their fears and push the limits of wavesailing time after time.

Get ready to feel the full force of the ultimate windsurf movie.

For more on this film, gybe over to: Nukin’ Wind!

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Shoreline Clean-up @ Jericho This Weekend

The Vancouver chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is conducting a shoreline clean-up of Jericho Beach this Saturday, February 21 from 1100H-1300H. For details on the clean-up or more information on our SF friends, surfride your mouse over to: protect where you play

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