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Cold Water Recreation

Here are some things you must know about recreating in an ocean environment:

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
Be aware of when sunset is and don’t be out beyond it. 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.

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Pay Parking Now in Effect @ Jericho (Please note new provider)

Pay Parking will be in effect in Jericho Beach Park from April 1 through October 31. Hourly rates will be $3.25; daily rates will be $11.
There is a new provider for parking passes called Honk Mobile thru which season passes can be purchased for $87
To apply for a parking pass
Go to www.honkmobile.com
Please follow the above link to register your vehicle. Please note that you will not be issued a hangar tag as your vehicle licence plate number will be registered into the database when you fill out the online application. The registration process creates a Honk Mobile account. You will be asked to provide your vehicle licence plate number along with payment information. Once this has been inputed – your parking receipt will be emailed to you.

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English Bay Safety Seminar-The Evolution of Water 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 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.

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Join a Jericho Sailing Centre Affiliated Club

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:

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ClubLocarno
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 https://jsca.bc.ca/clubs-2/

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Jericho Sailing Centre Open House & SOSailpast Saturday, May 12

Jericho Sailing Centre
OPEN HOUSE
Saturday May 12 Noon-1600H 

The annual Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE 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 РSOS РSeason Opening Sailpast Saturday May 12 1300H 

The first sail past launched from Jericho Beach may have taken place almost three thousand years ago when original inhabitants of this area set their canoes into the Salish sea and left their village behind to discover, hunt, trade and/or pillage. The next sail past from Jericho Beach will be on Saturday, May 12, 2018. All JSCA members are invited to join in as we carry on this longstanding tradition. Sail, paddle, windsurf, row, SUP Рwhatever you like to do here, come out and do it on Saturday, May 12 at 1300H.

 

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Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series Starts April 26 @ 1900H

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¬†7pm¬†with a mass start. ¬†Prizes and results upstairs in the Jericho Sailing Centre members’ lounge after the last paddler is off the water.

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Sail Racing This Weekend: Flights of Spring Regatta

The first real signs of spring in Vancouver: cherry blossoms by land; Flights of Spring by sea. The first Jericho regatta of the season is this weekend as the annual Flights of Spring Regatta takes off April 21 & 22. For details tack over to Notice of Race

Weekly Sail Racing Programs Start in May

Jericho Sailing Centre’s weekly racing series commence with the first¬†Tuesday¬†Nite Racing on¬†May¬†1¬†@ 1815H¬†followed by the first¬†Sunday¬†Racing on¬†May 6¬†@ 1230H.

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 24 @ 0930H.

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

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Upcoming JSCA Meetings

PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING –¬†April 11¬†@ 1900H
The JSCA is looking to extend our current Strategic & Capital Plan “2020 Vision” to 2035 and we welcome members to get involved and provide input. We will have a series of meetings to develop a draft plan to present for member feedback at a Member Planning Forum.

JSCA MEMBER PLANNING FORUM –¬†May 30¬†@ 1900H

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Jericho Sailing Centre Annual Spring Clean-up

The JSCA encourages all members to participate in the 2018 Jericho Sailing Centre Annual Spring Clean-up by keeping your boat and storage space ship shape and by participating with volunteer work parties in 2018 to help clean up aisle ways and other common space areas. We have recycling bins onsite for the early spring to facilitate compound clean-up; please pitch in. Members can jettison their onsite sorted junk into the recycling bins on the main aisle way anytime or join in on organized volunteer work parties on Sundays:  April 8 & 15 @ 1300H *please let us know if you plan to attend*. (it is exceptionally bad form to deposit junk from elsewhere in our bins, those caught doing so will be sent home with rabbits).  

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2018 JSCA Fee Deadline was April 1 – Late Fee Now Applies

Thank you to all of our JSCA members who have already paid their 2018 fees. People who missed our April 1 deadline are subject to a $30 Late Fee if paid before the end of April. On May 1 the Late Fee increases to $60. On June 1 the Late Fee becomes $90 and craft & equipment may be subject to additional bailiff fees.

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Pay Parking Now in Effect @ Jericho (Please note new provider)

Pay Parking will be in effect in Jericho Beach Park from April 1 through October 31. Hourly rates will be $3.25; daily rates will be $11.

There is a new provider for parking passes called Honk Mobile thru which season passes can be purchased for $87

To apply for a parking pass
Go to www.honkmobile.com
Please follow the above link to register your vehicle. Please note that you will not be issued a hangar tag as your vehicle licence plate number will be registered into the database when you fill out the online application. The registration process creates a Honk Mobile account. You will be asked to provide your vehicle licence plate number along with payment information. Once this has been inputed – your parking receipt will be emailed to you.

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Penguin Cup Racing THIS SUNDAY

The Penguin Cup Racing Series continues this¬†Sunday, April 8,¬†with the finale on¬†April 15.¬†The first sailing regatta of the season is the annual Flights of Spring Regatta¬†April¬†21 & 22.¬†¬†Jericho Sailing Centre’s weekly racing series commence with the first¬†TuesdayNite Racing on¬†May¬†1¬†@ 1815H¬†followed by the first¬†Sunday¬†Racing on¬†May¬†9¬†@ 1230H.
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 24 @ 0930H. 

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

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