In The Wind: May 20, 2020

Jericho Sailing Centre Open Under Covid-19 Safety Protocols
STAGE 1 – JSCA MEMBERS ONLY – Now through May 24
STAGE 2 – Commencing May 25 – Everyone Welcome

The Jericho Sailing Centre is open through May 24 under the Jericho Sailing Centre Stage 1 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. The Galley Patio & Grill will be open this weekend for members only. Jericho Sailing Centre Stage 2 Covid-19 Safety Protocols commence Monday, May 25.

The main gate will be the only access point during Stage 1 and 2. Everyone entering the Jericho Sailing Centre must: wear a facemask at all times, register upon entry*, wash their hands frequently, stay physically distanced at all times, and of course, be kind to each other. Have your JSCA member card with you and registration will be a quick card swipe. Please remember to pack your facemask with your equipment. Disposable masks will be available upon donation for those who arrive without. Guests accompanying members will be required to provide their name and phone number*. All ocean gates will remain locked until needed for boat launching or retrieval. 

To support the Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols we have located temporary washroom, changeroom, shower and handwash stations throughout the compound. Showers and changerooms within the building will not be available. Interior washrooms will have an occupancy of 1 and people with accessibility challenges will be given priority.

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 2 service windows on the east exterior wall under a temporary awning. We encourage people who haven’t yet paid their 2020 fees to renew on-line to avoid congestion in this area.

The success of our Stage 1 re-opening depends on the cooperation of our entire Jericho community. Last weekend members were exceptionally good about adapting to and following the new protocols. We expect to be tweaking and tuning the Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols through-out the summer as things evolve. We value our member feedback and input to help the Jericho Sailing Centre Association minimize the risk to all. 

Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols Stage 1 Hours 0900H-2100H

Stage 2 including Galley, schools and public access commences May 25

PARKING – As of this writing it is uncertain if the parking lot adjacent to the Jericho Sailing Centre will be open this weekend as previously planned. If it is, pay parking will be in effect-sign up for your season pass via HONK. (Lot 69A Jericho Zone 3692). If the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation does not open the lot they have kindly allowed us to control the access for members only-please call our office (604)224-4177/(604)224-4566 when you get to the gate.

*Registration information is taken for the potential purpose of Contact Tracing only. All information will be securely stored and destroyed after 30 days. 

Volunteer Jericho Gate Keeper Ambassadors Wanted

We are looking for JSCA member volunteers to assist us with gate control under our Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols. Our goal is to ensure that the ocean gates are used only for launching and retrieval of craft. We noticed on a busy Victoria Day that gates had to be left open at times to facilitate numerous members and craft coming and going. In these intervals beach walkers were tempted to leak into the Jericho Sailing Centre compound. We are looking for diplomatic volunteers to help keep them from entering for now, and guide them to the main gate when we move to Stage 2 starting May 25. Gate Keeper Ambassadors will also open and close gates for their fellow, boat toting members. We will also team volunteer gatekeepers with a staff member at the main gate check-in. Members who volunteer for this program will receive a stylish new Jericho Sailing Centre hat. We will be launching the program this Saturday, May 23 at 1000H. Please let me know by reply email if you have any questions or would like to sign-up for a shift.

Stage 2 – Jericho Schools and Galley Patio & Grill Public Open May 25

 The Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols move to Stage 2 on Monday, May 25, as we welcome the season opening of our partner schools, and the Galley Patio & Grill commences service to the public. School patrons must book lesson and rental services in advance and will enter the Jericho Sailing Centre, by appointment, at the designated school zone gate. Galley patrons will enter via the main gate. (see image below).

Jericho Schools are taking registration at this time; programs are filling fast. Don’t delay, register today for lessons, rentals, seasons passes and summer camps. 

Windsure Adventure Sports for windsurfing, SUP and skimboarding

MacSailing for dinghy sailing & canoeing

Jericho Beach Kayak Centre for kayaking and surf ski

Send Us Your Jericho Photos

Thank you to Carole Fullerton who provided us with this great cover photo of Jan Chavarie of the Jericho Paddling Club facing Corona Wisdom this past Sunday.    

JSCA 2020 Membership and Storage Fees Due May 31

For your convenience renewals can be made online via Visa, MasterCard or Apple Pay. If you haven’t received your email invoice please contact the office asap (604)224-4177. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, debit or credit in person during office hours 0930-2100H 7 days a week. Credit card payments can be made by phone (604) 224-4566.

If you are planning to not store your craft at the Jericho Sailing Centre this year please ensure that you vacate by May 31 and notify the JSCA office so we may bring boats in from our waiting list.

Weekly Racing Programs Starting in June

Weekly Racing Programs, with slightly modified Covid-19 rules, will start in the first week of June. Details in next week’s “in the wind“.

Tuesday Nite Racing – June 2 @ 1815H
Jericho Wavechaser June 4 @ 1900H
Sunday Racing  June 7 @  1230H

Short Term Employment Opportunity at Jericho Sailing Centre – Cleaner

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association is looking for a full-time Cleaner for June-September. This is a special position created by the need to reduce the spread of Covid-19 to minimize risk for all users of the Jericho Sailing Centre. Duties will primarily be washroom and changeroom facilities maintenance as well as disinfecting frequent touch-point areas throughout the facility. Work schedule 40hrs/week: Wednesday and Thursday- 0730H-1530H: Friday, Saturday Sunday 1130-2030H; with a one hour unpaid lunch break. Pay $18/hr. Please contact Mike Cotter, General Manager if you are interested.

Facemask Photo of the Week Contest

Facemasks are the required summer fashion within the Jericho Sailing Centre for the forseeable future, so we are going to have a little fun with it by posting the Facemask Photo of the Week contest.
Weekly winners will receive the newly designed Jericho Sailing Centre ball cap, the perfect accessory for your distinctive facemask.
Send your photo entry via “in the wind” reply email. 

Our hats are also off to F18 sailor Mark “King of the Ring” Jones. When he calls for room at the mark, give way.
Kayaker Irene Yu sports a wildlife print facemask from her firstborn’s diaper cover-reuse, reduce recycle. Congratulations Irene, you win a hat!

Safety on the Ocean is your Responsibility

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 practise.

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 its 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

Always do a careful pre-launch safety check of your craft equipment and crew
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. 

Donate to Jericho

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association, like many of the people we serve, has been adversely affected financially by the Covid-19 global pandemic crisis. As a not-for-profit community organization that receives no direct or regular funding from government, we are working very hard to manage our essential operating costs during these difficult days. We will still do our best, however, to work with individual members who simply can’t pay their 2020 fees, at this time, due to financial hardship resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

For our members who are not so economically disadvantaged, we welcome your donations to help the Jericho Sailing Centre weather the storm. It has been the good will and financial support of a strong membership base that has allowed us to build our Society over the last 46 years. We ask you to do your very best to help sustain our operations during this difficult time. That can be as simple as providing your membership and storage fees according to our regular payment schedule. Or perhaps offering an extra cash contribution.

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