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Weekly Sunday Racing Starts This Weekend

The first Sunday Racing event of the season starts this Sunday @ 1230H.Sunday racing occurs weekly on every non-regatta Sunday through to September 4. Our weekly Tuesday Nite Racing program started May 3 and continues every Tuesday at 1815H through to September 6.    04-04-16-02

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 26 @ 0930H.

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

 

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25 Years Ago This Saturday – May 7, 1991 Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Destroyed by Fire

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Photo Credit: Dave “Mad Dog” Scoular

Jericho Rescue Team members were taking first aid training in the Surf and Turf room of the Jericho Sailing Centre on May 7, 1991. Someone had accidentally left their handheld marine VHF radio on which abruptly interrupted our exercise when a squawking Mayday call came over Channel 16. It took a moment for us to process that the Mayday call was actually originating from the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, having heard them respond to so many Maydays in the past. When they described the nature of their distress as a fire, we collectively looked out of the east facing windows and saw the early stages of the dark black creosote filled cloud (above) rising up over the city like Godzilla. 

Jericho Marks, JSCA’s aluminum boat, was on the water north of Jericho and was one of the first vessels to respond to the Mayday. The fire happened at the most inopportune time for Vancouver as CoV had just sold and delivered their fire boat to San Fransisco and had not yet taken delivery of the two new fire boats. Later that afternoon the Vancouver Fire Chief contacted me to say they would require the use of our boat and operator for a few more hours to get firefighters and their hoses in under the large wooden wharf structure. On that day, a quarter of a century ago, Jericho Marks was Vancouver’s only active fire boat.

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2016 Wavechaser Paddle Series Starts May 12

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The 2016 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series kicks off Thursday May 12th @ 1900H then every 2nd Thursday after with the finale on September 1st.

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Ocean Safety Bulletin – Be Aware and Keep Well Clear of Ships

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All users of English Bay should be aware of ships and ship movements in these waters. Ships traveling through English Bay average 200m long, are deceptively fast, have limited maneuverability and take a great distance to stop. In addition to these features, they have a very large blind spot in front of them. They don’t just stay in the shipping lane along the north shore to and from the First Narrows, they often move to and from the anchorages in English Bay.

The red line in the photo above represents the line of sight of the bridge crew, and pilot on board, over the ship’s bow. Any vessel that enters the area below their line of sight becomes invisible to them and requires them to take action. In this situation a couple of weeks ago as the ship was approaching an anchorage northeast of Jericho, they sounded multiple horns until the sailing dinghy crossed through the blind spot and reappeared off their port bow quarter. The VPD Marine vessel R.G. McBeath attended the scene, spoke to the sailors and their lesson was learned.

Two summers ago, a similar encounter occurred right in the shipping lane. In that instance the dinghy tried to gybe in the blindspot, was affected by the wind shadow of the ship and capsized. The ship was put into full reverse and the anchor was dropped to avoid colliding with the dinghy. Fortunately, their decisive actions prevented a collision.
Regulations require that all non-commercial vessels shall keep well clear of commercial – every skipper should should be aware of this and give commercial vessels a wide berth.

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Racers Please Register! Registration Changes

If you are racing in any Jericho series event, please register. When you register your name will show in the race results, and you will be included in the series results. To register online, go to jracing.org and follow the links.

Sailors can register for one event, a date range, or the whole season. If you always sail the same boat, please register for the season. Paddlers have to register separately for each Wavechaser Paddle Series event.

Sailors can register after an event by clicking a “Register” button in the event results, beside their sail number. To edit a registration, use the “Add or remove a competitor” button below the results.

Please try to avoid creating duplicate names when you register. If you enter “Jim Clark” when you meant “Jim Clarke”, this will create a new person in the scoring system. Please check the drop down list of names before you type in a new name. If you are registering someone else, please be sure you have their correct name.

The system will now look for similar sounding names (e.g. Clark and Clarke). If you enter a name that is similar to another name in the system, it will ask you which name you want to use. Please choose the correct name!

Unfortunately, the system won’t catch all similar names, and it definitely won’t know that M Smith, Mick Smith, Mike Smith and Michael Smith are probably all the same person. So please, once you have registered, be careful not to register again with a different name. If you find you are registered with more than one name, please delete the registrations with names you don’t want to use, and replace them using the name you do want.

If you have any problems, or find errors, please contact me at richard@rhspencer.ca.

Richard Spencer

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Weeky Race Programs Commence May 3

Jericho Sailing Centre’s weekly racing series commence with the first Tuesday Nite Racing on May 3 @ 1815H followed by the first Sunday Racing on May 8 @ 1230H.

04-27-16-03Racers are reminded that all competitors must be properly dressed for cold waterconditions 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 26 @ 0930H.

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

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Kitsilano Coast Guard Station Re-opening this Weekend Not What You Might Be Expecting

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before it was closed in 2013, will re-open this Sunday, May 1st, 2016, but not as people in Vancouver are expecting it to.

May 1st will only be the initial phase as the inflatable inshore rescue boat “CCG#506”, which has operated the past 3 summers from Deadman Island in Coal Harbour with a CCG Coxswain and 2 students on each shift, will be re-stationed to Kits. It will be re-named “Kitsilano 1”, as it’s predecessor rubber boat at the station was, and be crewed by regular Canadian Coast Guard crew members. Following phases are expected to include the additions of an environmental pollution response vessel and an all weather cutter similar to the Osprey, which was stationed at Kits for many years. When these phases will be completed or details on the final station inventory is a fuzzy mystery which the Canadian Coast Guard in Ottawa is not sharing with Canadians.

If an incident similar to the April 8 & 9, 2015 Marathassa fuel spill were to occur in English Bay May 1, 2016 the KItsilano Coast Guard Station would be no more capable of mounting an emergency environmental response than it could in 2015 when it was closed. Up until it closed in 2013 the station could have provided an emergency environmental response to Marathassa that would have prevented bunker C fuel from polluting and closing Metro Vancouver beaches and the local fishery for more than a month. Our local ocean is precious whale habitat and requires better Canadian Coast Guard protection.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not back paddling on his election promise to re-open the station. He gave Department of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo a specific mandate to re-open Kitsilano station and his government backed up that commitment by providing a $23 million budget to re-open it and operate it for the next 5 years. (the station was closed to save a claimed $700K a year). Adequate funding to procure: an environmental pollution response vessel and the right equipment to button up a ship like the Marathassa within an hour with capable crew; and, a Coast Guard rated all weather SAR vessel capable of reaching and operating in places like the BC Ferries route on a dark and stormy night in the middle of a Pacific coastal winter when the CCG hovercraft from Sea Island capabilities are severely limited.

5-13-15-#1The problem appears to be that, while the mandate has changed, the Coast Guard Commissioner in Ottawa is the same person who recommended the closure of Kits in the first place, and then, in the wake of the bumbling CCG response to the Marathassa spill, flat out lied, telling Vancouverites that the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station had no environmental response capability and wouldn’t have made one iota of difference had it remained open. Remember this picture of the environmental pollution response vessel stationed at Kits which surfaced in the wake of that statement? An inconvenient truth. Take what the Commissioner tells you with a hearty grain of sea salt.
Six months after Canadians decisively changed the course of our country, the Canadian Coast Guard in Ottawa has been far too slow to change tacks-not a good quality for an organization tasked to respond to human and environmental emergencies on the ocean. Re-opening the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station on May 1 equipped with little more than the Deadman Island IRB summer student station is simply bureaucratic heel dragging by someone at the helm who really isn’t that interested in seeing it open.
Landlubber Spring arrived early in Vancouver this year, but the ocean is still hypothermia wintery cold. More and more people are heading out on the water, increasing ship and other vessel traffic continues to swell environmental and navigational risks, and, starting May 1, the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station is still not where it needs to be to meet the needs of Vancouver’s marine environment. Canada is a big country. Sometimes it takes a little longer for the changing season to arrive in Ottawa. Hopefully the change arrives in time.

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Annual Flights of Spring Regatta THIS Weekend

The first open sailing regatta of the seaso04-27-16-01n is the annual Flights of Spring Regatta this weekend April 30 & May 1.

For the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions & Registration Form, tack over to:

 http://jsca.bc.ca/racing-schedule/racing-forms/  

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY- Roads to Jericho Park Closed Sunday, MAY 1st – 0930-1230H – BMO Vancouver Marathon

Jericho Park will be closed to vehicle traffic between 0930H-1230H on Sunday, May 1. Many other city streets that Jericho Sailing Centre users use to drive to Jericho Park will also be closed for a portion of that day. For a complete list of road closures and times, jog over to: http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca/community/road-closures/

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Jericho Sailing Centre – School Sign-ups in April

Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing/SUP and Ocean Kayaking Schools at the Jericho Sailing Centre started tip toeing out of hibernation in March and find their full on sea legs in April & May. For full Season Pass, Rental or Lesson information and registration click the link below:

Dinghy Sailing – http://www.macsailing.com/
Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddling – http://www.windsure.com/                                                 Ocean Kayaking – http://www.ecomarine.com/

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Canadian Olympic Sailing Team Members @ Jericho

Recently qualified Canadian Nacra 17 Olympic Team members Nikola Girke and Luke Ramsay are hosting a Q&A session with interested racers at the Jericho Sailing Centre on Sunday, May 8, 1600H-1700H.
(right after Sunday racing).

The 2016 Rio Olympics bound sailors will interactively discuss race prep, strategies, Olympics,

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and other stuff racers can relate to. They are actively fundraising to raise funds for the last few months of training and equipment requirements, so attendees are asked to donate a minimum of $20 each at the event.

For more info. on Nikola & Luke’s crowd funding campaign, barge over to:
https://makeachamp.com/nikandluke
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UBC Sailing Club brings Kon Tiki to Jericho

Kon TikiThe UBC Sailing Club is hosting a movie night at the Jericho Sailing Centre on Friday, April 15 and you are invited. Come and see Kon Tiki, a Hollywood remake of the original Oscar winning 1948 documentary. It’s an ocean adventure film about one man proving his scientific theory by crossing the Pacific in a balsa wood raft-it’ll shiver your balsa timers!
The Galley will be open for food and drinks for this event.

Watch the Tiki trailer.

Where: Jericho Sailing Centre, Burrard Room
When: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:30pm
Who: All (public) are welcome!

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