In the wind: May 26, 2021

Jericho Sailing Centre Restart 2.0

While we are still processing the Province of British Columbia’s 4 step re-start plan and how that might look for users of the Jericho Sailing Centre moving through this summer, we do know that the start flag has been raised for our weekly racing events which will commence this weekend with our Sunday Racing program. We will continue to monitor guideline changes from the province and make operational changes where appropriate. For now, the Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols remain in place and unchanged. We will update weekly via this newsletter.

Jericho Racing Restarts this weekend!

Sunday Racing – this Sunday
Every non-regatta Sunday May 30 – September 5First start 1230H

Tuesday Nite Racing – next Tuesday
Every Tuesday evening June 1 – September 7First start 1815H

Rules changes and reminders for sail racers
Sail racers should note that a new set of the Racing Rules of Sailing came into effect January 1st 2021. Of note is the ability of the race committee to score competitors as NSC (did Not Sail the Course) without a protest and hearing if they witness you not sailing the course properly. As of last year we generally sail with an open start line but a closed finish line. If the race committee witnesses you sailing through the finish line when not finishing you will be scored NSC.

Another change is that Start and finish now occur when any part of the hull is over the line; the boat’s crew and equipment were removed from the definition.

A reminder that in the standard Jericho Sailing Instructions, we are now putting fleets who have been recalled to the back of the starting order so that other fleets may continue to race on schedule.

A good overview of the new rule changes is available here: 

The standard JSCA sailing instructions that apply to Sunday and Tuesday racing are available on our event pages:

Register for Jericho Racing online at***Currently, No Participant Limits

Jericho Wavechaser Coming in June

Schedule announcement in next week’s newsletter.

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.

These Stylish & Swaggy UV Protective Neck Gators are Not For Sale
The only way to get one is to volunteer with the Jericho Sailing Centre Gate Keeper Ambassador Program.

Jericho Clubs: Why own just 1 boat when you can access a Fleet of boats?

The pandemic has accentuated the benefits of outdoor recreation on the ocean-boats are in demand.
A great way 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 –
UBC Sailing Club-
Viking Sailing Club –
Jericho Paddling Club-
Discovery Sailing Club –
Companionway Sailing Club –
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club –
Sea Dragon Sea Scouts –
Disabled Sailing Association of BC-

For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to

2021 Jericho Schools in Session

JSCA partner schools and the Galley Patio & Grill are open for the season. 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

New Facility: Outdoor HOT Showers

One of the biggest disappointments for Jericho Sailing Centre users last summer was the loss of our hot showers due to Covid restrictions. We don’t know when we might be able to reopen our indoor showers but we have added hot water to the outdoor showers on the west wall of the building to rinse off the salt and warm you up. Give them a shot.

Best Patio in Vancouver

The Galley Patio & Grill hours of operation for May will be: Monday-Friday 1130-2030H; and, Saturday/Sunday 1100-2030H Weather permitting.
New Covid protective table dividers give a sense of privacy and make a pretty good wind break.

On the Water – Safety 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 practice.

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 it’s 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.

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.

For more water safety info., tread water over to: English Bay Safety

Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Protocols

The Jericho Sailing Centre is operating under the Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols.

Jericho Sailing Centre Etiquette

Common sense and consideration of fellow members help make the Jericho Sailing Centre a true community centre with a friendly salt water community atmosphere. Here are a few etiquette reminders to keep things sailing along smoothly:

  • Do not leave your craft unattended on the shoreline for extended periods – share the shore.                    
  • RAMPS, and the areas adjacent to launching ramps, are for craft launch/retrieval only. Do not rig, repair or otherwise loiter in this area.
  • Do not leave or rig your craft in the rinsing areas adjacent to hosing stations.
  • The Jericho Sailing Centre is a SMOKE/VAPE FREE facility. There is No Smoking/Vaping permitted in any Vancouver Park or beach area.
  • Give pathway users the right of way and bear in mind they may be distracted and not aware that you are crossing the pathway with your craft or launch rope.
  • Launch dollies are for launching/retrieval only (not for storage) and must be returned to the fence immediately after use.
  • If you launch from your own dolly or trailer return it to your storage spot after launching.
  • Do not use the winches unless you are familiar with their safe operation. Winch instruction is available from staff or Jericho Rescue Team members. Only members or registered guests may use winches & dollies.
  • Only leashed, well behaved, non-barking/whining dogs are allowed in the compound. No dogs are allowed in the building or on the deck. Do not tie dogs to the base of stairwells or in other traffic areas. Do not leave your dog on shore while you are on the water. The City prohibits dogs on beaches. In consideration of other Jericho users please consider leaving your dog at home while visiting the Jericho Sailing Centre.
  • Please coil hoses immediately after use and conserve water.
  • Do not block aisle ways.
  • Rinse racks are for rinsing not drying.
  • Swimming is prohibited in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre.

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 down to Permits and click Get Permits Log in or create account>Select Lot 69 Jericho Beach