July 5 – Cake & Wake: Celebrating Jericho Sailing Centre’s 40th Anniversary / MEC Paddlefest / Seaside Greenway Party


Live music, balloons, clowns, a BBQ, cake and wake: the Jericho Sailing Centre is celebrating 40 years as Vancouver’s ocean community centre on Saturday, July 5, 2014; 1100-1730H; and everyone is invited to this family friendly, face painting, ice cream eating, wave lapping, ocean festival.

Prior to 1974 there was no such thing as a community centre dedicated to low cost ocean recreation in small, naturally powered craft; in Vancouver, or anywhere. As DND Base Jericho Beach was being demolished and Jericho Beach Park was evolving through the concrete cracks, a small group of passionate dinghy sailors shared their ocean community, non-taxpayer funded, vision with the city to save the former Jericho Beach Air Station’s Marine Building from the wrecking ball. The City thought it a good idea at the time and since then, many thousands of people each year have enjoyed the Jericho Sailing Centre.

Climb onboard for live music, balloons & BBQ at 1100H in the Jericho Sailing Centre’s plaza/picnic area just east of the main building. Check out sailing, paddling and rowing programs available through the Jericho Sailing Centre and see all the activity on the sea. We’ll start cutting cake and drawing prizes at 1300H including airfares from Harbour Air and gift cards from MEC. Then we’ll hear from special guests including Point Grey MP Joyce Murray and Jericho’s Park Board Commissioner Liaison Trevor Loke. Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Constance Barnes will also attend. Her father, former MLA Emory Barnes, was quick to recognize that a low cost ocean community centre may have a future in a city named after a sailor, and was a featured dignitary at the official launch of the Jericho Sailing Centre 40 years ago. Jericho’s own, Disabled Sailing Association Founder, former Vancouver Mayor, and current MLA Sam Sullivan will be among our honoured guests to dedicate one of 2 new Jericho Rescue boats purchased with the assistance of a Provincial Gaming Grant. The music and seaside community atmosphere plays on until 1730H.

Our 30′ balsa core catamaran “Albatross” was built in the late 1970’s with volunteer labour ably assisted by rowing shell designer/builder Chris Haas.

For more information on Vancouver’s ocean community centre or the Jericho Sailing Centre’s 40th Anniversary celebration please contact Mike Cotter in the JSCA office.

July 5 Schedule @ Jericho Sailing Centre

0900H                                    2014 MEC Paddlefest begins

1100H                                    40th Anniversary Celebration begins

1300H                                    Special guests and Jericho Rescue boat dedication

1700H                                    MEC Paddlefest ends

1730H                                    40th Anniversary Celebration concludes

We are looking for JSCA members to volunteer during our celebration; we’ll buy you a BBQ lunch.

We are still looking for sponsors to provide draw prizes  For more info please contact Mike in the JSCA office.

Thanks to our great draw prize sponsors, we still have room for more:

MEC Paddlefest                                                                                 

You can go for a test paddle, participate in a hands-on skills clinic, browse exhibitor’s booths, and hunt for deals at the MEC Paddleswap. There’ll also be live performances, entertainment, food vendors and kids’ activities. Bring your friends and family, and come celebrate the fun of floating!

For full event info., paddle over to:


Seaside Greenway Party                                                            July 5 

Mark the date and come celebrate the completion of one of Vancouver’s best public realm treasures on Saturday July 5 from 11 am – 3 pm. 

 The Seaside Greenway that connects downtown’s Seawall and False Creek with Jericho Beach is ready to be biked, walked, or rolled – and may the best costume win!  There will be music, food, kids crafts, games and more along the route and especially closer to Jericho Beach. Bring your decorated bikes, kids and picnic baskets!