In The Wind: June 10, 2020

Thumbs up if you are happy to be back on the water!

This Thursday @ Jericho: Jericho Wavechaser Series Race 2

The 2020 Jericho Wavechaser Race Series continues out of the Jericho Sailing Centre every Thursday through August 27 with safety & social distancing protocols in place.

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

Jericho Sailing Centre Schools in Session

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.

Windsure Adventure Sports for windsurfing, SUP and skimboarding
MacSailing for dinghy sailing & canoeing
Jericho Beach Kayak Centre for kayaking and surf ski

Weekly Racing Programs

Weekly Racing Programs, with slightly modified Covid-19 rules, will continue through August.  
Tuesday Nite Racing – Tuesdays @ 1815H   
Jericho Wavechaser
Thursdays @ 1900H
Sunday Racing Sundays @ 1230H

Sail Racers – Please Register!

Sunday and Tuesday night racing has started, so this is a good time to review how Jericho Series scoring works, and to ask everyone to register when they race.

Results from Sunday and Tuesday night racing are used for Series scoring. Series scores are kept for all classes that race. Series results are updated after every event.

Series score people, not boats. Because over the course of the season some people sail in different boats, with different sail numbers, we score people, not boats in each Series.

To be scored in a Series, you have to be registered each time you race. Registration is easy – go to jracing.organd look at the results for the event. Find the boat you raced on. If you are already registered, your name will be shown. If not, the word “Register” will appear where your name should be. Click on “Register” to go to the registration page.Once you have registered (or if you registered for any Jericho event last year), you can pick you name from a list. If you’re not listed, enter your first and last name, and your name will be added to the list.

If you always sail on the same boat, you can register for the season. If not, you can register for each event. If you need to delete a name, click on “Add or remove a competitor” below the results, to go to a page where you can do this.

For two person boats – each person who registers is scored in a Series, whether they are skipper or crew. This means (for example) that at the end of the season, someone who crewed on different boats which always did well could be the series winner. This values crew and skipper equally, and gives everyone a chance at doing well. At the end of the season, instead of recognizing the top 3 two person boats in a series, Jericho recognizes the top 6 people, whether skipper or crew.

If your name is missing from a series. If you are looking at a series result, and your name is missing for an event you sailed in, click on the date for that event to go to the event results and register.

It’s really easy to register at and it makes racing more rewarding for everyone.

Volunteer Jericho Gate Keeper Ambassadors Wanted

Thank you to all of the JSCA members who are volunteering in our Gatekeeper Ambassador program. You folks are the unsung heros of this coronavirus enriched season at the Jericho Sailing Centre!

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. 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. As summer approaches our need for Gatekeepers will increase. We gratefully accept drop-in volunteers during busy periods; please consider volunteering for an hour or so before or after your ocean therapy session.

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. 

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:

Windsure crew Sophie & Matthew rocking the 2020 summer beach fashions
Julian prepares for some Waszp foiling

Thanks to Dominique Labrosse for all of the photos in this issue other than the Wavechaser, aerial shots and the one below from the 1918 pandemic.


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 bring their own facemask. 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.


Jericho Sailing Centre: Temporary Full Time Employment – Cleaner

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association is looking for a second 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: Monday-Thursdays 1130H-2030H: Fridays, 1130-2030H; with a one hour unpaid lunch break. Pay $18/hr.
Please contact Mike Cotter, General Manager if you are interested.

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. 

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.

Donate to Jericho