Proposed New Regs Would Have Us Playing in Poop
Proposed changes to Section 96 of Transport Canada’s Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals regulations would allow small vessel operators to discharge sewage waste at a distance of one nautical mile from shore. (see chart)
Current regulations require no less than 3 nautical miles from shore which effectively prohibits vessels from releasing sewage anywhere in English Bay or Burrard Inlet. Dr. Mark Lysyhyn, a Medical Health Officer with Vancouver Coastal Health, alerted the public last week through an article which appeared in Vancouver Metro newspaper under the banner: “New Dumping Rules Could be Crappy for Vancouver Beaches.” For Vancouver paddlers, rowers, windsurfers and dinghy sailors this could give “poop deck” a whole new meaning.
Dr. Lysyhyn has written a letter to Transport Canada stating his position:
“I would like to see the waters of Burrard Inlet and English Bay designated as “no dumping zones” so that boats could not discharge untreated sewage regardless of their proximity to shore”. As of this morning he has not heard back from them.
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association joins Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Riverkeeper as well as other local ocean community groups and recreational users in asking the Ministry of Transport to reconsider the proposed changes. We encourage others who share our concern to contact the Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt, firstname.lastname@example.org to voice your concern.
We will continue to follow this issue and report to you in future editions of “in the wind”.
Movie Nite @ Jericho: Red Bull Storm Chase Premiere February 25 1900H
Join us in the Burrard Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre on February 25 at 1900H for the Premiere Vancouver showing of Storm Chase. Like the wind, admission is FREE and everyone is welcome!
3 STORMS, 10 SAILORS, 1 CHAMPION. THE ENTIRE PLANET AS A STAGE.
These were the breathtaking ingredients for the most challenging windsurfing contest the world has ever seen.
What started as a four month global hunt ended in a two year long journey with Ireland, Tasmania and Cornwall as the final destinations. The criteria were simple: winds greater than force ten and ten world class windsurfers (including four world champions) from eight different countries, in a frenzied and passionate fight against giant waves and storm force gusts.
Red Bull Storm Chase has delivered a new era of windsurfing performance. Previously, nobody thought it was possible to even sail in the strength of storm-force winds that each one of the three missions delivered. So Red Bull Storm Chase proved to be the most challenging windsurfing contest in the history of the sport.
The result was footage of some of the most extreme windsurfing to ever take place and images never seen before in any windsurfing movie! Get the inside line on how the storms were chased with exclusive behind the scenes footage. Look deep into the souls of the riders, as they face their fears and push the limits of wavesailing time after time.
Get ready to feel the full force of the ultimate windsurf movie.
2015 JSCA Invoices Have been Sent
By now you should have received your email invoice for 2015 Jericho Sailing Centre Association Membership and Storage. The invoices are not due until April 1, however, you will receive a 2% discount if you pay before February 28.
For your convenience Visa or MasterCard payments can be made over the phone (604)224-4566. If you haven’t received your email invoice please contact the office asap.
If you are not planning to renew with us in 2015 please notify the office when you vacate (prior to March 31) so that we may assign your space to another member.
If you sell your craft and wish to transfer your space to the new owner you must inform the office in writing.