In The Wind: June 3, 2020
This Thursday @ Jericho: Jericho Wavechaser Season Opener
The 2020 Jericho Wavechaser Race Series starts this Thursday June 4, with some safety & social distancing protocols in place.
The series will run EVERY THURSDAY from June 4 to Aug 27 off the beaches of the Jericho Sailing Centre. The races are open to all levels of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, prone, and kayak. Courses vary depending on conditions, each race night has a short and a long course.
Check-in starts at 6pm, race starts at 7pm. This is our 6th season, and we’re growing each year!
Race entry is $10 for non-members, and $5 for Jericho Sailing Centre Association members. NO REGISTRATION ON SITE Pre-register at Webscorer. Each week the link to the race registration will be posted on the Facebook event page. For more information and to register, surf over to Jericho Wavechaser.
Galley Patio & Grill NOW OPEN FOR THE SEASON
The Galley Patio & Grill is open with an abbreviated menu and Covid-19 Health & Safety protocols in place.
Menu offerings will be expanded 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.
Hours are weather-permitting. See you soon!!!
Jericho Sailing Centre School Partners NOW OPEN
The Jericho Sailing Centre’s school partners are open for business again. Covid-19 Safety Protocols are in place to ensure your ocean experience is as safe and enjoyable as ever. 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.
With fewer leisure opportunities available around Vancouver this summer, Jericho School programs are filling fast. Don’t delay, register today for lessons, rentals, seasons passes and summer camps.
Jericho Sailing Centre School Spotlight: Windsure Adventure Watersports
Back in the Stone Age of Windsurfing, (~1977) when the booms were teak and the sails were Dacron, a young Bernard Labrosse started the Windsure Windsurfing School at the Jericho Sailing Centre. Since then many thousands of Vancouverites have learned to windsurf, SUP and skimboard through ocean guru Bernard’s evolved school; Windsure Adventure Watersports.
Windsure is officially back on the waves of English Bay, open to Jericho members and the public at large for rentals and lessons. After a week of testing the waters, they are ready and looking forward to seeing you. Find all the information you need, including their COVID-19 safety guidelines, to book lessons and drop in for rentals at www.windsure.com. There is a new option this season to reserve and pay for stand-up paddling and windsurfing rentals online.
Weekly Racing Programs
Weekly Racing Programs, with slightly modified Covid-19 rules, will continue through August. We are asking competing crews to adhere to safe physical distancing practices during all racing – no more swapping gel coat at the turns.
Tuesday Nite Racing – Tuesdays @ 1815H
Jericho Wavechaser – Thursdays @ 1900H
Sunday Racing – Sundays @ 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.
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.
Thank you to this week’s winners:
The last pandemic taught us that containing respiratory droplets in a simple facemask is a key to stopping the spread of a deadly, highly contagious virus.
If we all keep our droplets to ourselves, wash our hands, keep physically distanced and frequently disinfect high touch areas; Covid-19 doesn’t stand a chance of spreading at the Jericho Sailing Centre. That’s our goal.
During the last 3 weeks of operation we have noticed that many Jericho users have come prepared with their own face masks. We encourage ALL Jericho users to do the same. The disposable masks we have been providing are PLASTIC and we should all be focusing on using less plastic. Please: be kind to each other; be kind to our environment.
2020 JSCA Fees were due May 31 – Avoid Late Fees Pay Before June 8
The JSCA is offering a grace period to members who have not yet paid their 2020 Membership and Storage fees. Pay by the end of this weekend to avoid our inclement $30 Late Fee which will be applied starting June 8. A $60 Late Fee will be applied to accounts unpaid after June 30.
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 last 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 were changed on June 1. 2020 gate keys are available for $7.14+tax 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 notify the JSCA office asap so we may bring boats in from our waiting list.
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 sunny, busy days in particular 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.
We have an urgent need for Gate Keeper Ambassadors on fair weather Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
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 the Windsure pics and our cover shot from June 2 Tuesday Nite Racing.
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.
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 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.