In The Wind: April 26, 2021
2021 Season Launching
While maintaining all Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols, we welcome the seasonal opening of our partner schools and the Galley Patio & Grill this Saturday, May 1. For program information cruise their websites:
Windsure Adventure Watersports: Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddling, Skimboards
MacSailing: Dinghy Sailing and Canoeing
Jericho Beach Kayak Centre: Kayaking and Surf Skiing
The Galley Patio & Grill hours of operation for May will be: Monday-Friday 1130-2030H; and, Saturday/Sunday 1100-2030H Weather permitting.
Pay Parking in Effect
Pay Parking will be in effect in Jericho Beach Park from April 1 through September 30.Season parking passes are available through EasyPark for $100.To apply for a parking pass:
Go to https://easypark.t2hosted.ca/Account/PortalScroll down to Permits and click Get Permits Log in or create account>Select Lot 69 Jericho Beach
Jericho 2021 Events on Pause Due to Covid Restrictions
The start of the 2021 Jericho Sailing Centre Event Schedule has been put on hold until at least May 25. We expect to commence our Sunday Racing, Tuesday Nite Racing and Jericho Wavechaser event schedule as soon as the capacity limits are increased to last summer levels (50 people). The current limit is 10 which must include our safety support crew and officials.
Jericho Affiliated Club Sign-up Season
One of the best ways to enjoy recreational ocean access on Vancouver’s largest playground is to join one of the community based clubs based out of the Jericho Sailing Centre. These low cost, not for profit, volunteer driven organizations provide a wide variety of boat access and training programs for dinghy sailing, paddling, windsurfing, SUP and rowing programs as well as social opportunities. Clubs looking for new crew include:
ClubLocarno – http://www.clublocarno.com/
UBC Sailing Club- https://ubcsailing.org/
Viking Sailing Club – http://www.vikingsailingclub.bc.ca/join-our-club/
Jericho Paddling Club- http://www.jerichooutrigger.com/membership.html
Discovery Sailing Club – http://discoverysailing.org/
Companionway Sailing Club – http://www.companionwaysailing.ca/
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club – http://www.salishsearowing.ca/page-18087
Sea Dragon Sea Scouts – https://www.facebook.com/seadragonseascouts/
For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to https://jsca.bc.ca/clubs/
Spring Is Here: Water Is Still Winter Cold
Appropriate Attire – Dress for Cold Water Immersion
The water temperature is well below the level where it is safe to recreate without proper cold water attire: wetsuit, drysuit, etc. People who get into serious trouble at this time of year have often made the mistake of dressing for the air temperature not the water temperature, which might be OK until something goes wrong and they suddenly find themselves unexpectedly immersed in the water.
Always Stay with Your Craft
When a sailing dinghy, windsurfer or kayak capsizes they are usually within a couple of swim strokes of their crew. Some craft, particularly SUP’s and surf skis, require a safety leash (in good condition and properly attached) as they can easily get away in a capsize situation. Never leave your craft in an emergency situation as it is far easier to spot than a person in the water.
Use the Buddy System
Always sail, paddle, row with someone else, especially in cold water conditions. Let a reliable friend or relative know when and where you are going and when you expect to return. Diligently contact them upon your safe return. If you are launching from Jericho Beach stop in at the JSCA office to let us know when and where you are going and when you expect to return.
Be Aware of Sunset
Make sure your safety float plan includes plenty of time to get off of the water before sunset. If something goes wrong for you: equipment failure; changing conditions; fatigue, etc., you are very difficult to find in the dark.
Here is a link to one of our favourite cold water education sites:http://beyondcoldwaterbootcamp.com/
Covid-19 Safety Protocols
The Jericho Sailing Centre is operating under the Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols.
Volunteers Wanted! Jericho Sailing Centre Gatekeeper Ambassadors
We are looking for more, friendly and diplomatic, JSCA member volunteers to assist us as Gate Keeper Ambassadors. Our goal is to inform people of the Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols and direct them to the appropriate gate. This is a great way to meet fellow Jericho Sailing Centre Association members and educate the public on all of the great ocean recreation opportunities available through the Jericho Sailing Centre. Gate Keeper Ambassadors will also open and close gates for their fellow, boat toting members. Please let me know by reply email if you have any questions or would like to sign-up for a shift. Shifts are generally 2 hours. Thank you to all of the JSCA members who are volunteering in our Gatekeeper Ambassador program.