In The Wind: May 27, 2020

JSCA 2020 Membership and Storage Fees Due May 31

After two Covid-19 induced fee deadline extensions the final deadline for 2020 JSCA fees is coming up on May 31. For convenience and safety it is recommended renewals be made online via Visa, MasterCard or Apple Pay. Invoices were originally sent to members via email in late February. Reminder invoices were sent to unpaid members earlier this week. If you haven’t received your email invoice please contact the office asap (604 )224-4177. Payments can be made online or by cheque, debit or credit card in person during office hours 0930-2100H 7 days a week. Credit card payments can be made by phone (604) 224-4566.

All gate locks will be changed on June 1. 2020 gate keys are available now for $7.14 to members who have paid their 2020 fees.

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.

Galley Patio & Grill NOW OPEN FOR THE SEASON

The Galley Patio & Grill re-opened today,Wednesday, May 27, with strict Covid-19 Health & Safety protocols in place.

They will start the season with a limited menu, and will expand offerings through the summer, as safety permits. Please note that seating has had to be reduced, due to 2-metre distancing between tables. With this in mind, they’ve instituted a “4 people maximum” per table, as well as “1 hour maximum visit” per table.

Mon-Fri: 11:30am-9pm
Sat-Sun: 11am-9pm
Hours are weather-permitting.
See you soon!!!

Jericho Sailing Centre School Partners NOW OPEN

The Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols are now in Stage 2 , as we welcome the season opening of our partner schools. 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.

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

 for dinghy sailing & canoeing

Jericho Beach Kayak Centre
for kayaking and surf ski

Weekly Racing Programs Starting in June

Weekly Racing Programs, with slightly modified Covid-19 rules, will start in the first week of June.  We will be asking competing crews to adhere to safe physical distancing practices during all racing – no more swapping gel coat at the turns.

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

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.

No one happier than Michelle McMahon to get back out on her SUP to practice physical distancing on Vancouver’s largest playground.

Longtime member Lillian Zaremba is “super happy” to be back at her favourite spot in Vancouver

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.

Jericho Sailing Centre Open Under Covid-19 Stage 2 Safety Protocols

The Jericho Sailing Centre is open under the Jericho Sailing Centre Stage 2 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 main gate will be the only access point during Stage 2. Everyone entering the Jericho Sailing Centre 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. 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 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.

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. 

PAY PARKING IN EFFECT – sign up for your season pass via HONK. (Lot 69A Jericho Zone 3692). 

*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 more 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 sunny, 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 anywhere other than the main gate. 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 and a 2020 gate key. Please let me know by reply email if you have any questions or would like to sign-up for a shift.

NOTICE: Ocean Gates Are Locked at 2100H

The Jericho Sailing Centre ocean gates are locked each day at 2100H. If you don’t have a gate key please make sure you are back in the compound by then. Sailors should be aware that the wind frequently shuts off abruptly in the hour before sunset. 

Send Us Your Jericho Photos

Thank you to Jericho Safety & Events Manager Dominique Labrosse for this pic and our cover shot from May 26 showing English Bay coming back to life with small naturally powered craft from Jericho.

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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