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JSCA AGM October 24

Jericho Sailing Centre Association
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 24 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s 44th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2016/2017 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.

2017 AGM Candidates

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Winter Launch Log

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.Members who launch from the Jericho Sailing Centre at this time of year are encouraged to stop in at the Jericho office and fill out the Winter Launch Log which outlines your float plan to let people here know you are out there.

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JSCA AGM – October 24

Jericho Sailing Centre Association                       
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 24 at 1900H
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s 44th Annual General Meeting will be held¬†Tuesday, October 24, 2017¬†at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre,¬†1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C.¬†The 2016/2017 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.¬†
Call for Nominations 
Voting will take place to elect eight members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors.The J.S.C.A. Board meets regularly to set policy and determine Jericho’s direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H,¬†Tuesday, October 10.¬†¬† The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.¬†¬† For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email¬†mike@jsca.bc.ca.
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Annual Volunteer Appreciation & Racing Awards Dinner

 

All members are invited to attend the annual JSCA Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on¬†Sunday, October 22¬†at 1700H. Tickets are $10 and available in the JSCA office up until¬†Saturday, October 21. 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 2017 and haven’t yet received your invitation please contact the JSCA office.

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Penguin Cup Race Series Starts This Sunday

 

Penguin Cup Racing   Series
October 8, 15 & 22 
1230H    

For more info. or to register for the Penguin Cup Race Series tack over to jracing.org

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JSCA’s Comment on the Port of Vancouver’s Proposed Amendment to the Marine Restricted Area

JERICHO SAILING CENTRE ASSOCIATION
1300 Discovery Street
Vancouver, BC V6R 4L9
Email: info@jsca.bc.ca  website: www.jsca.bc.ca

October 5, 2017
Sean Baxter, Marine Operations Specialist
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 3T4

Ahoy Sean:

I am writing to comment on the Port of Vancouver’s proposed configuration of the Marine Restricted Area MRA-1 in the vicinity of the First Narrows. While the need to safeguard efficient ship passage through the First Narrows to and from Vancouver’s Inner Harbour is clearly fathomable, it can and should be done without restricting the adjacent Stanley Park shoreline from marine recreational access.

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association, is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization dedicated to providing safe, low cost, recreational ocean access for small, naturally powered craft to the people of Vancouver through the Jericho Sailing Centre. An important component of achieving our primary objective is educating recreational mariners about how the Port operates: when and how ships move, rights of way, understanding how the major shipping lane works and how to navigate safely in harmony with commercial vessels. Our English Bay Safety Seminar is free to the public and has been for 30 years.

As the General Manager of the JSCA and a primary instructor of our volunteer Jericho Rescue Team program I have been in the proposed MRA adjacent to Stanley Park on our rescue boats many times over the past 30 years training, escorting paddling events, rescuing people in distress and assisting Vancouver Beach Lifeguards. Shallow and rocky, this area is extremely treacherous for any propeller driven vessel and is barely navigable to all but paddle or oar powered craft. It is completely useless water space for the commercial vessels facilitated by the Port but a unique treasure for the people of Vancouver who recreate in human powered boats. It is the marine extension of Stanley Park, people space, not Port space. A place for floating over the intertidal zone observing sea creatures and connecting with the sea. The area you are proposing to restrict is the realm of the paddle, it has been for thousands of years, and will continue to be for that long into the future.

Respecting Port traffic operations is the responsibility of every recreational skipper who operates a water craft in the Vancouver area. Respecting recreational watercraft users right to access this popular, commercially unnavigable area of the Stanley Park shoreline is the Port of Vancouver’s responsibility.

On behalf of Vancouver’s marine recreational users Iencourage the Port of Vancouver to work  together with our community, to draw better boundary lines for the MRA-1 approach to the First Narrows which addresses any concerns the Port has, while respecting the use of this important, distinctively Vancouver, marine recreational park area.

Fair winds,

Mike Cotter,

General Manager
Jericho Sailing Centre Association

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Paddlers Fascination With Siwash Rock Pre-dates Port

 

If a rose is a rose by any other name, then the distinctive Vancouver coastal feature known as Siwash Rock will continue to be a fascinating attraction to local paddlers, as it has been for thousands of years, even if it undergoes a¬†name change¬†. As part of Vancouver’s commitment to be a City of Reconciliation the Board of Parks and Recreation is developing a process for renaming this impressive rocky sea stack. Many Vancouverites pass by on the seawall, but to really appreciate “the rock” you need to contemplate it from the water with a paddle in your hand as people have done since people first came to these parts.¬†¬†¬†

The geological explanation for the rock currently known as Siwash: it was once part of the adjoining headland but softer rock around it eroded while the harder basalt sea stack stood strong. There is another story of its origin which, while not likely, seems far more interesting from The Legends of Vancouver by E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

The Siwash Rock

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Proposed Port Amendment Puts Siwash Rock Out of Reach

 

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is inviting public comment to a proposed amendment to the Marine Restricted Area (MRA) in the vicinity of First Narrows that would make Siwash Rock and a large section of the Stanley Park shoreline off limits to kayaks and other human powered craft.

The Notice of Amendment, and a draft copy of the Port Information Guide including proposed amendments, is available at this link: Keep Siwash Accessible 

 
Don’t wait-the public comment period ends THIS¬†SUNDAY October 8.

Our friends at the Hollyburn Sailing Club have proposed to the Port that a line due west from Prospect Point as the southern border of the MRA. This idea could serve both the interests of commercial traffic transiting First Narrows and recreational users who view this beautiful shoreline water space as an extension of Stanley Park.
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JSCA AGM October 24

Jericho Sailing Centre Association
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 24 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s 44th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2016/2017 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.
Call for Nominations
Voting will take place to elect eight members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors.The J.S.C.A. Board meets regularly to set policy and determine Jericho’s direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 10.¬†¬† The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.¬†¬† For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email¬†mike@jsca.bc.ca.

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Jericho Folk Club Last one for 2017 September 26

The Jericho Folk Club Tuesday Evenings  

in the Surf & Turf Room @ Jericho

To listen to a sample of what we might expect go to Jericho Folk Club

Doors open 7:15 with a Fiddle Tunes Session

Open stage 8ish followed by another session
Feature Act 9ish

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Penguin Cup Racing October 8/15/22

The Penguin Cup Racing Series commences on the the second Sunday in October for 3 straight Sundays. Penguin Cup Race Series October 8,15, & 22 @ 1230H.

 

 

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Jericho Pier Renewal Last Call: Online Design Questionnaire Closes October 2


There was a great turnout on September 16 to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation’s Open House for the Jericho Pier Renewal to view the concept drawings and share ideas with planning staff, consultants and Commissioners. Don’t worry if you missed it, all of the info. on display at the Open House is now available on the Park Board website and they still want to hear from you. There is a questionnaire on the website seeking public input up to¬†October 2. We encourage all users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to take a few minutes to involve yourself in this Public Engagement process by completing the questionnaire. The Jericho Pier is a unique Vancouver public amenity which enhances our unique public facility and will make ocean recreation much more accessible for all into the future.¬†
 
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