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Ski Lifts Close While Ocean Playground Portal Blooms Early at Jericho

Windsurf

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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Here is what’s “in the wind”

Proposed New Regs Would Have Us Playing in Poop

Proposed changes to Section 96 of Transport Canada’s Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals regulations would allow small vessel operators to discharge sewage waste at a distance of one nautical mile from shore. (see chart)

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Current regulations require no less than 3 nautical miles from shore which effectively prohibits vessels from releasing sewage anywhere in English Bay or Burrard Inlet. Dr. Mark Lysyhyn, a Medical Health Officer with Vancouver Coastal Health, alerted the public last week through an article which appeared in Vancouver Metro newspaper under the banner: “New Dumping Rules Could be Crappy for Vancouver Beaches.” For Vancouver paddlers, rowers, windsurfers and dinghy sailors this could give “poop deck” a whole new meaning.

Dr. Lysyhyn has written a letter to Transport Canada stating his position:

“I would like to see the waters of Burrard Inlet and English Bay designated as “no dumping zones” so that boats could not discharge untreated sewage regardless of their proximity to shore”.  As of this morning he has not heard back from them.

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association joins Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Riverkeeper as well as other local ocean community groups and recreational users in asking the Ministry of Transport to reconsider the proposed changes. We encourage others who share our concern to contact the Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt, mintc@tc.gc.ca to voice your concern.

We will continue to follow this issue and report to you in future editions of  “in the wind”.

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

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.

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2015 JSCA Invoices Have been Sent

By now you should have received your email invoice for 2015 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 2015 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.

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Volunteers Wanted: Vancouver Boat Show January 21-25

The 2015 Vancouver International Boat Show provides opportunities to explore hundreds of boats, boating accessories, products and services from top boating exhibitors. For more information, paddle over to: http://www.vancouverboatshow.ca/

Jericho Sailing Centre Booth – Crew Call

We still have several openings for JSCA members to help crew the Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s display booth at the Vancouver International Boat Show January 21-25 in BC Place Stadium. JSCA members who volunteer for a two hour “watch” will gain free admission to the show and the admiration of thousands of show going seafarers from all over. A great place to meet people and shoot the breeze about the Jericho Sailing Centre and all of the low cost ocean access opportunities we provide. If you would like to hlep out please email: admin@removemejsca.bc.ca or call the office 604-224-4177.

Jericho booth crew must enter BC Place Stadium through the Exhibitors Entrance on the east side to get their pass (picture ID required) on their scheduled day. It is suggested that crew members take public transit to the show as parking costs an arm and a leg and JSCA does not cover any expenses

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22nd Annual Jericho New Years Day Row hosted by ClubLocarno

On January 1st, 2015,  Annual New Year’s Day Row will be taking place.

Start time is 10:30, launch 11:00 am (sharp) and potluck 12:30PM. Everyone is welcome. Paddlers, rowers, kayakers (yes and even surf ski’s and SUP’s).

It’s a low key, fun event to bring in the new year. It’s an unsupported event (no Jericho Rescue on the water).

This event was started by Jericho’s own rowing enthusiast, Richard Copley in 1992 (?) when the rowing community at Jericho was only a couple of individuals and boats.   We keep the tradition going…

Join us, January 1st.

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Georgia Strait Alliance Waterfront Initiative Event

On January 28th, the Georgia Strait Alliance is hosting a forum for citizens to come together and envision the future of Vancouver’s shorelines together. It’s a great opportunity for residents, and especially those who use the shore as sailors, kayakers, surfers, to have a say in what the future of our waterfronts should look like.

Register for the forum.

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What do you want Vancouver’s beaches, seawall to look like in 30 yrs? Join @GeorgiaStraitBC Citizens’ Forum, Jan 28 http://bit.ly/1qFM3m1

Vancouver’s waterfront is changing – help shape its future @GeorgiaStraitBC Citizens’ Forum, Jan 28 http://bit.ly/1qFM3m1 #MyVanWaterfront

What does the future hold for Vancouver’s urban shores? Join @GeorgiaStraitBC Citizens’ Forum, Jan 28 http://bit.ly/1qFM3m1 #MyVanWaterfront

Wondering about sea level rise & adaptation in Van? Join @GeorgiaStraitBC Citizens’ Forum, Jan 28 http://bit.ly/1qFM3m1 #MyVanWaterfront

Do you live close to the Fraser? Share your ideas for the River’s future @GeorgiaStraitBC Citizens’ Forum, Jan 28 http://bit.ly/1qFM3m1

Do you work on the waterfront? Share ur ideas for the future of #YVR shoreline @GeorgiaStraitBC Citizens Forum Jan 28 http://bit.ly/1qFM3m1

Do you enjoy our beaches? Share your ideas for the future of #YVR’s shoreline @GeorgiaStraitBC Citizens Forum, Jan 28 http://bit.ly/1qFM3m1

Do you love the seawall? Share your ideas for the future of #YVR’s shoreline @GeorgiaStraitBC Citizens’ Forum, Jan 28 http://bit.ly/1qFM3m1

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CRED and Blue Coral Charters invites you to discuss: Marine Tourism and Tankers

Learn more about the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline and discuss what it could mean for Vancouver’s tourism economy, local businesses and your bottom line.

Hear from leading experts and network with other companies.

DATE: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TIME: 6pm – 8pm

LOCATION: Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver

RSVP for free ticketshttp://credevent-tourismandtankers.eventbrite.ca

 


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2015 Annual Fleet Planning Meeting

The 2015 Annual Fleet Planning Meeting will be held at the Jericho Sailing Centre on Tuesday, November 25 at 1900H in the Members Lounge and is open to all JSCA members.

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Lest We Forget

Click to Play – Last Post Bugle Call 

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

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REGIONAL NATIONAL JUDGES SEMINAR

REGIONAL NATIONAL JUDGES SEMINAR
Nov. 7, 8 AND 9 2014 – West Vancouver Yacht Club

AIMS OF THE SEMINAR

  • Provide the seminar and the opportunity to pass the test to meet some of the requirements for becoming certified as either a Regional or National judge – the seminar and the test are the same.
  • Help develop the practical skills and develop the experience of existing and prospective RJs and NJs in the application of the RRS and related procedures.
  • Candidates are expected to know the rules sand the material presented in the Club Judge Seminar. This seminar will help participants take that knowledge and work thru writing a good decision. This seminar will not be teaching the rules.
  • Provide experience for candidates who wish to gain RJ/NJ status and to be able to:
  • Competently serve on protest committees at national championships
  • Chair protest and redress hearings at local and regional level championships

SCHEDULE

  • Friday Nov. 7 1800 – 2100 hrs
  • Saturday Nov. 8 0830 – 1700 hrs
  • Sunday Nov. 9 0830 – 1500 hrs

SEMINAR ARRANGEMENTS

  • Note – this announcement is an update to that distributed on Sept. 23, 2014.
  • The seminar is being hosted by West Vancouver Yacht Club in the upper floor of their Sailing Centre.
  • Coffee and Tea will be provided at breaks. Lunch will be served both Saturday and Sunday and are included in your registration fee.
  • The Registration Fee is $120 and is payable by credit card to BC Sailing (see below) when you register. If you have already registered call Nancy to take care of the payment. There will not be facilities to take payment at the seminar.
  • Within a few days of this Announcement or your registration you will receive three preseminar assignments by email. Before Nov. 1 the assignments should be emailed to Robert Stewart at MerrileesAlberta@bellnet.ca as each one is completed In order that they can be reviewed and worked into the seminar program.

REGISTRATION

Register with Nancy Chow at 604-333-3628 or via e-mail at crew@bcsailing.bc.ca

The registration fee is payable at the time of registration. If you have already registered call Nancy to take care of the payment.

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Thanks to our Volunteers!

President Chris Stairs Thanks the Volunteers of Jericho
 OUR DEBT OF GRATITUDE… 

o        Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.  ~Dr. Seuss

o        You don’t have to be a talking frog to make a difference.  We all have talents and gifts we can share with others. ~ Kermitt the Frog

You know, I did try.  Honestly.  I sat staring at this blank page for an hour  trying to write something original, both witty and profound.  Something appropriate to celebrate the incredible efforts of our many volunteers at JSCA.  A few inspiring words to share on Volunteer Recognition Night, this Sunday, October 19, 2014.  But who can top the worldly wisdom of a talking frog?  Certainly not I.

 

 Still, it’s important that we all collectively take a moment to think on and thank everything our JSCA volunteers do for us each year. Whether supporting Jericho Rescue, cleaning up the yard, supporting our major events calendar, managing its many regattas, or serving on the Board of Directors, the JSCA society would not be commemorating 40 strong years of community service if it weren’t for the hard work and dedication of individual members who do what they can to make our aquatic home-on-the-water that much more special.

 So the next time you see a volunteer working in the yard, or launching a Rescue vessel, be sure to say thanks.  Offer them a hot coffee after a cold shift on the water.  And think how you might be able to share a few more hours of your own.  If time is not a currency you have in abundance, than a “fiver” in the Rescue jar (as only one example) will go a long way to keeping our Rescue Team well equipped.  Every hour and every dollar makes a big difference for any not-for-profit.  Ours is no exception.  Hats off to our volunteers!

o        The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.  ~Oscar Wilde

o        I am only one, but still I AM one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do SOMETHING.  And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I CAN DO! ~ Hellen Keller

 Chris Stairs, President

Jericho Sailing Centre Association

 

Racing Awards & Volunteer Appreciation Dinner                October 19

 

 

 

All members are invited to attend the annual JSCA Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, October 19 at 1700H. Tickets are $10 and available in the JSCA office up until Saturday, October 18. There will be a slideshow presentation and awards bestowed upon our notable racers and volunteers. As our way of showing appreciation for our volunteers, they receive complementary tickets. If you volunteered for the JSCA in 2014 and haven’t received your invitation please contact the JSCA office.

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