Attention sailboat racers! JSCA member and keen Tasar and Wasp sailor Julian Hannabuss has once again organized a Virtual Regatta series for us this winter. Winter dinghy racing from the safety and comfort of your computer or mobile device. I’ve heard the breeze is pretty reliable as well. This year Julian has selected the Laser as the platform.The practice race session will be held January 26th for those wanting to try it out before deciding if they want to register for the series. The 5 week series starts for real Tuesday February 2nd, ending Tuesday March 2nd. 4 races per night, starting at 19:30 hrs. 20 races in the series, best 15 to count. Want to take part? You need to: a) register as a user on the Virtual Regatta site www.virtualregatta.com and choose the Inshore Game b) contact Julian to register for the series. He needs to know your real name, Virtual Regatta user name, Email address, and Club affiliation. email@example.com c) Join the Vancouver Virtual Regatta Whatsapp group, which is where communication happens before, during and after the races. Julian is inviting members of the DSA to have a go, and as usual the regular set of Jericho, Viking, Locarno and UBC folks will be with us too, along with the occasional guest from Royal Van or West Van! The attached PDF document breaks down the registration process step by step. It’s a good idea to try out the system early as there are some training modules and learning resources to help you get up to speed. If you are a new user you’ll want to practice a little before mixing it up with the fleet. Big thanks to Julian for putting this all together for us. VIRTUAL-REGATTA-NOTES-for-JERICHO-2021Download
Per WorkSafeBC requirements the JSCA COVID-19 Safety and Sanitizing plans are posted below. JSCA COVID-19 Safety Plan JSCA Sanitization Plan
JSCA COVID-19 Protocol The Jericho Sailing Centre is operating under the Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols. These protocols have been put in place to minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19 among the users, staff and volunteers of the Jericho Sailing Centre and must be strictly adhered to-no excuses, relaxation or Covid fatigue permitted. The main gate is the initial access point for members and their guests. Your valid* JSCA Membership Card will be required to unlock the member gate. If you enter with other members please make sure to card swipe the reader on the gate for potential contact tracing purposes. Please do not let anyone else in -have them phone the JSCA office to gain proper entrance. Everyone entering the Jericho Sailing Centre facility must: wear a facemask at all times, stay physically distanced at all times, wash their hands frequently, register upon entry*, and of course, be kind to each other. Guests accompanying members will be required to provide their name and phone number** at the office service window. All ocean gates will remain closed until needed for boat launching or retrieval. To support the Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols there are temporary washroom, changeroom, shower and handwash stations throughout the compound. Showers and changerooms within the building will not be available. Interior washrooms are available but will have an occupancy of 1. All traffic within the Jericho Sailing Centre hallways and staircases, will be One Way only to support physical distancing. Please look for directional signage through-out the building and compound. JSCA office service is accessible via a service window on the east exterior wall under a temporary awning. The success of our Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocol depends on the cooperation of our entire Jericho community. Thank you to everyone who has committed to put “community” over “self”. Together we are doing everything we can to minimize the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus. *Please ensure you have signed the 2021 liability waiver to ensure your membership card is valid. Waivers can be signed at the following link: JSCA Waiver **Registration information is taken for the potential purpose of Contact Tracing only. All information will be securely stored and destroyed after 30 days. No one may enter the premises if they are sick, required to self-isolate or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.General entry to the compound is limited to the South gate (parking lot entrance).Our school partners and the Galley will be controlling access to the compound for their clients using the beach gates, or conducting business on the beach outside of the compound.Members must either swipe their membership card or provide their name and contact info at the entrance.*Guests must provide their name and contact info at the JSCA office.*Everyone must wear a facemask at all times while in the compound. We ask that people visiting the Centre bring their own masks, however, disposable masks are available by arrangement at the JSCA office.All people on the premises must maintain a safe physical distance of 2m at all times.Everyone using the facility must wash their hands frequently. Hand washing stations with biodegradable soap are available around the compound.Everyone must be kind to each other.Ocean gates must be closed and locked immediately after use.The JSCA office has two service windows under a tent along the east wall of the building. Access to the inside of the JSCA office is for staff only.All hallways in the building have been designated as one way. Please be on the lookout for signage directing the flow of foot traffic through the building.The showers and change rooms upstairs are closed. Single occupancy change rooms are available around the yard for general use. Outdoor showers are available near hose bibs in the compound.The upstairs restrooms are limited to an occupancy of one. Temporary washroom facilities have been provided in the compound.Our partner clubs, schools and the restaurant may only begin operation upon approval by the JSCA of their COVID-19 plans. The success of our Jericho Sailing Centre COVID-19 Safety Protocol depends on the cooperation of our entire Jericho community. Although members have been exceptionally good about adapting to and following the new protocols over the past two weeks, there have been a few who have have put “self” over “community” by not wearing their face mask properly at all times within the Centre. Please do not be selfish. Together we are doing everything we can to minimize the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus. If we can all keep our respiratory droplets to ourselves we will succeed. This protocol will be updated from time to time as requirements evolve. Please check back to stay up to date. * Contact information is being kept only for contact tracing purposes by government if required and is destroyed after 30 days.
On the ocean there are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the ocean always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe ocean experience. It is every member’s responsibility to know and observe the rules of the road when on or near the water. Here are some key rules which every Jericho member must know and practice.0.5 IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO AVOID A COLLISION 1. Always wear your P.F.D. on the water.2. Sail powered craft have the right of way over power craft, paddle and rowing powered craft.3. All non-commercial vessels shall keep well clear of commercial vessels.4. It is illegal and extremely dangerous to pass between a tug and it’s tow.5. A port tack sailing vessel shall keep clear of a starboard tack vessel.6. A windward vessel shall keep clear of a leeward vessel.7. A vessel clear astern shall keep clear of a vessel ahead.8. Any vessel overtaking another shall keep clear.9. A vessel tacking or gybing shall keep clear of a vessel on a tack.10. The area south of the orange can buoys is for training or transiting only.11. Swimming or wading on the beach in front of the Centre is prohibited and is particularly dangerous for small children.12. It is unsafe to loiter or let children play near the bottom of launching ramps.13. Stay well clear of the end of the Jericho Pier as fishers cast lines as far as possible.14. Be cautious of pathway traffic when launching/retrieving.15. Do not leave your craft on the shoreline for extended periods of time. Common sense goes a long way toward maintaining a safe environment. Membership in the Jericho Sailing Centre Association is contingent on members knowing and observing the Safe Ocean Sailing rules.