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Welcome to the Jericho Wavechaser Race Series 2018!
The Jericho Wavechaser is a 10 race series running every second Thursday from April 26 to Aug 30 off the beaches of the Jericho Sailing Centre. The races are open to all levels of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, and kayak. This is our 5th season, and we’re growing each year!
Courses vary depending on conditions, each race night has a short and a long course. Race entry is just $10, and for Jericho Sailing Centre members it’s $5! Post race nosh and beverages upstairs at The Galley Patio & Grill where racers will receive Galley Specials on race night, catch the sunset from the best patio in the city!
We’ve got great sponsors providing all kinds of swag and prizes. We’re stoked to have Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres on board to help run the races this year, and check out our sponsor page to see what else we’ve got in store!
Registration opens at 6pm on race nights. Race is at 7 pm with a mass start. Prizes and results upstairs in the Jericho Sailing Centre members’ lounge after the last paddler is off the water.
The Vancouver Park Board is developing On Water, Vancouver’s waterway recreation strategy to guide future planning relating to non-motorized watercraft activities, including the facilities that support these activities and emerging waterfront opportunities.
We are now in Phase 3, our final phase of public engagement, and are looking for your feedback to help inform the draft strategies and actions. Join us at one of our upcoming events and fill in our online questionnaire at vancouver.ca/onwater to let us know what you think! The Questionnaire will be available online by May 28th until July 2nd.
Upcoming Open Houses and Workshops
Drop-in anytime and attend our open house (first hour) followed by an informal presentation and workshop.
Wednesday, May 30th from 5-8pm, Creekside Community Centre,
1 Athletes Way
Saturday, June 9th from 11am – 2pm, Jericho Sailing Centre,
1300 Discovery Street
Thursday, June 21 from 5-8 pm, False Creek Community Centre,
1318 Cartwright Street
Warm sunny weather and a moderate breeze greeted everyone who came out for the annual Jericho Open House and Season Opening Sailpast last Saturday.
She has slept under sun, moon and stars, bunked high over the Salish Sea, since the ground first came to rest and she began to dream. Sculpted and caressed by ebbing ice ages, sea sponged by wind whipped millenniums of moisture laden clouds, sauna bathed by salty timeless west coast sun she has rested, on her back facing the heavens. Over time her deep green fir forest blanket grew, and more precious life under the mountains began to populate her dreams.
More than a quarter of a century later, well after I became the GM of the Jericho Sailing Centre, in daily awe of Vancouver’s spectacular ocean and mountain vista, I looked up and out of the blue suddenly saw her, recognized her, in all her ageless radiance and sleeping beauty, and wondered why I hadn’t seen her before. Now, I can’t not see her or not be touched by her transitional year-round, snoozing splendour. I’ve since met many people at Jericho, often long-time residents of Vancouver, who were not aware of her and have had a similar reaction when I’ve pointed her out. It might be the same for you or it might be the same for the people you share this uniquely Vancouver view with with-pass it on
For more action, check out our May 13 Sunday Racing Gallery
Join us for Sunday Racing every non-regatta Sunday through Sept. 2.
Also, Tuesday Nite Racing – Every Tuesday at 1815H
Next regatta: Jericho Classic Regatta June 2 & 3.
Jericho Sailing Centre
is on Saturday, May 12 from Noon-1600H. Bring your landlubber friends, co-workers, neighbours and relatives down to the Centre on that day to check out all of the ocean access opportunities available to them. Our schools, clubs and fleets will be on hand with sign-up information and displays, the Jericho Rescue Team will be doing rescue demonstrations, there will be plenty of activity on the water and guests will receive member discounts on purchases in the Galley Patio & Grill.
Jericho Sailing Centre – SOS – Season Opening Sailpast Saturday May 12 1300H
A centuries old sailing tradition, the “Sailpast” originated when ships amassed prior to naval conflict and sailed past the Admiral’s vessel to salute him/her, pledging their allegiance and hoping to pass inspection. Despite a happy lack of recent naval conflict, the world wide boating tradition continues to this day, supported by the superstitious, mariner notion that good luck and good weather accompanies all vessels and crew who participate.
The Jericho Sailing Centre Season Opening Sailpast (SOS) is important to you, good member, to ensure that all of your ocean excursions this 2018 season are blessed with favourable weather.
At Jericho, we consider the word “Sailing” to be the verb, meaning “travel over water” which is inclusive of all small, naturally powered, craft native to this shore. All Jericho Members and guests are invited to sail, paddle, windsurf, row, SUP, whatever you like to do here, past our flagship, the Albatross, to salute our Commodore and crew on Saturday, May 12 between 1300H and 1400H.
The SOS is also an important part of the Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE as it gives our visiting landlubber friends an opportunity to see the Jericho Sailing Centre in action – rain or shine please come out and share your Jericho spirit.
UBC Sailbot, has been working over the past year to develop their newest robotic sailboat Ada 2.0. Over the next year they will be testing out of the Jericho Sailing Centre in preparation for a launch in Summer 2019.
Come see Ada 2.0 and meet some of their shore crew at our JERICHO OPEN HOUSE this Saturday.
For more info, engineer your mouse over to: https://ubcsailbot.org/
Not long after the invention of the first boat, thought to be about 900,000 years ago, came the first concept of water safety. Experience can be a stern master and as human beings evolved at the helm they learned valuable lessons, often in the hardest of ways. Every capsize and grounding, every ship wreck and sea disaster, brought more knowledge that, when shared, ensured boating could be a safer and more enjoyable experience.
There are many contributing factors which can lead up to incidents and accidents on the water. Through 9000 centuries of experience most of them are known and easily preventable. Every year the Jericho Rescue Team provides assistance to over 200 mariners on the waters in the vicinity of the Jericho Sailing Centre. Often when people are in distress on the water they were simply missing one or two important nuggets of water safety information that could have helped prevent their predicament.
The English Bay Safety Seminar was developed for users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to help keep them safe at play while on the waters of English Bay. The seminar covers basic water safety fundamentals along with user specific information drawn from the logs of the Jericho Rescue Team who have intervened in thousands of “sea disasters” over the past 44 years.
Why make your own mistakes when you can learn from the mistakes of others? Don’t challenge Darwin’s theory, make sure your water safety knowledge is the fittest it can be. Your survival may well depend upon it. Find the missing links and fill in the gaps in your water safety knowledge by attending a FREE English Bay Safety Seminar May 7, June 4 & 18, July 16. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.
One of the best ways to enjoy recreational ocean access on Vancouver’s largest playground is to join one of our community based clubs based out of the Jericho Sailing Centre. These low cost, not for profit, volunteer driven organizations provide a wide variety of boat access and training programs for dinghy sailing, paddling, windsurfing, SUP and rowing programs as well as social opportunities. Clubs looking for new crew include:
UBC Sailing Club
Viking Sailing Club
Jericho Paddling Club
Discovery Sailing Club
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club
Companionway Sailing Club
For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to our Clubs page