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2019 MEC Paddlefest June 15

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English Bay Safety Seminar – the evolution of safety June 3

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 45 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 June 3, June 17, July 15. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.
 

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Jericho Paddling Club Iron Race – May 25

Canoes have been launching from this shore now known as Jericho for more than 3,000 years. The next epic canoe launch of the ages is the annual Jericho Iron Classic outrigger canoe race this Saturday, May 25. Six person outrigger canoes will race in 3 heats (Novice/Short Course OC6 – 0930H; Women and Mixed Open OC6 – 1100H; Men and Mixed Masters OC6 – 1300H) with more than 20 boats in the last heat. Great viewing of the starts and finishes from the Jericho Pier.

For more info on this event paddle over to:

http://www.jerichooutrigger.com/races2019/iron2019.html

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English Bay Safety Seminar – the evolution of safety

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 45 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 June 3, June 17, July 15. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

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This weekend @ Jericho Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta – May 18-19

 This weekend we celebrate the life of an inspirational volunteer and racer. Andy Hunt was an avid Laser racer with a remarkable volunteer spirit which he shared generously with the sailing communities of the Jericho Sailing Centre, Kitsilano Yacht Club, Hollyburn Sailing Club and elsewhere. Andy was the Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s Programs Chair for almost 25 years and helped organize and conduct dozens of regattas here in that time, often sacrificing his own racing opportunities to officiate racing for others. To celebrate Andy’s life, his volunteer spirit and his passion for sail racing we are welcoming everyone to the Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta on May 18-19.  

Saturday’s program will have 3 components: 1.) racing 1300H-1630H; 2.) dinner 1730H (included with regatta registration; extra tix $15; and, 3.) 1800-2000H an informal celebration of Andy’s life including a slideshow and open mic for anyone who would like to share their memories of Andy. Regatta registration includes dinner and extra tickets will be available to anyone not registered in the regatta for $15. The celebration is open to anyone who knew Andy and would like to attend.  
Sunday’s program will have 2 components: 1.) an on water, 8 bells type ceremony, off of our race committee boat Albatross (also known as “Andy’s office”) at 1000H; and, 2.) racing 1100H-1500H.

We are honoured to have some of Andy’s family members with us for this very special event.
For more information on the Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta, laser over to the  
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Cold Water Recreation

There are many people, particularly Stand Up Paddlers, launching from Jericho Beach these days who are new to cold water ocean recreation. Here are some things they must know about:

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. When you consider that hypothermia is the most significant danger experienced ocean recreationalists face and a neoprene cowling cost $15 at MEC, you don’t need a calculator to do the math. A wool toque or hat will also work quite well.

 

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

Recently, 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.

 

Here is a link to a cold water education site:
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English Bay Safety Seminar – the evolution of safety

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 45 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 June 3, June 17, July 15. All times at 1900H RSVP JSCA office.

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Spring Sail Racing @ Jericho

Sunday Racing – 1230H Every non-regatta Sunday through September 1
*racing will start at 1300H May 5 due to the Vancouver Marathon 
Tuesday Nite Racing – 1815H every Tuesday through September 3
May 18/19     Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta    
June 1/2        Jericho Classic Regatta
 
June 15/16    Cat Classic Regatta

For a complete event schedule barge over to: http://jsca.bc.ca/events2/google-events-calendar/
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Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta – May 18-19

We lost an inspirational volunteer and racer last fall. Andy Hunt was an avid Laser racer with a remarkable volunteer spirit which he shared generously with the sailing communities of the Jericho Sailing Centre, Kitsilano Yacht Club, Hollyburn Sailing Club and elsewhere. Andy was the Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s Programs Chair for almost 25 years and helped organize and conduct dozens of regattas here in that time, often sacrificing his own racing opportunities to officiate racing for others. To celebrate Andy’s life, his volunteer spirit and his passion for sail racing we are welcoming everyone to the Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta on May 18-19.  
Saturday’s program will have 3 components: 1.) racing 1300H-1630H; 2.) dinner 1730H; and, 3.) an informal celebration of Andy’s life including a slideshow* and open mic for anyone who would like to share their memories of Andy. Regatta registration includes dinner and extra tickets will be available to anyone not registered in the regatta for $15. The celebration is open to anyone who knew Andy and would like to attend.  
Sunday’s program will have 2 components: 1.) an on water, 8 bells type ceremony, off of our race committee boat Albatross (also known as “Andy’s office”); and, 2.) racing 1100H-1500H.
We are honoured to have some of Andy’s family members with us for this very special event.
For more information on the Andy Hunt Celebrational Regatta, laser over to the  
* If you have a picture(s) of Andy you’d like to share in our slideshow, please send via return email asap.   
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Jericho Affiliate Club Sign-up Season Come talk to our clubs at the Jericho Open House Noon-1600H This Saturday

One of the best ways to enjoy recreational ocean access on Vancouver’s largest playground is to join one of the 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:

ClubLocarno – http://www.clublocarno.com/

UBC Sailing Club– http://register.ubcsailing.org/

Viking Sailing Club – http://www.vikingsailingclub.bc.ca/join-our-club/

Jericho Paddling Club– http://www.jerichooutrigger.com/membership.html

Discovery Sailing Club – http://discoverysailing.org/

Companionway Sailing Club – http://www.companionwaysailing.ca/ 

 

Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club – http://www.salishsearowing.ca/

For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to http://jsca.bc.ca/clubs-2/
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Jericho Wavechaser Paddling Race Series – This Thursday – May 9

The Jericho WaveChaser Paddle Series continues on Thursday, May 9. Tune in to https://www.facebook.com/jerichopaddlerseries/ for series details as they emerge.

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THIS SATURDAY! Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE & SOS Sailpast

The annual Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE is on Saturday,  May 11 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.
The Season Opening Sailpast will take place at 1300H on that day-join in the fun.  
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